News | 6/24/2011 2:15:00 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS

The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has signed a purchase agreement with the Buffalo Sabres Hockey Club. The AHL Board of Governors approved the sale earlier today.

The Sabres will return to Rochester as the Americans’ National Hockey League affiliate beginning with the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased to welcome Terry Pegula and the Buffalo Sabres as owners in the American Hockey League,” said Andrews. “The Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres have a rich history together, and reuniting these two outstanding franchises is great news for hockey fans in Western New York.”

The Rochester Americans, who enjoyed a 29-year affiliation with the Sabres from 1979-2008, are the second-oldest team in the American Hockey League, set to begin their 56th season in 2011-12. The Americans appeared in nine Calder Cup Finals while affiliated with Buffalo and won three Calder Cup championships (1983, 1987, 1996) during that time.

The Sabres expect to hold a public press conference in Rochester next week to set forth their plans for the franchise.

Current Amerks owner Curt Styres will retain ownership of the Rochester Knighthawks franchise of the National Lacrosse League.

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