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Seymour Horace Knox, III

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States
Death: May 22, 1996 (70)
East Aurora, Erie County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Seymour H. Knox, II, philanthropist and art exponent and Helen Elizabeth Knox
Father of Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Philanthropist and sports entrepreneur
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About Seymour Horace Knox, III

Seymour Horace Knox III (March 9, 1926 in Buffalo, New York – May 22, 1996 in Buffalo) was a philanthropist and sports entrepreneur. He owned the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League from their foundation in 1970 to his death in 1996, and served as chairman of the team. He was the grandson of Seymour H. Knox I, the F.W. Woolworth Company co-founder, and son of art enthusiast Seymour H. Knox II.


   * 1 Hockey
   * 2 Other Buffalo sports
   * 3 Education and vocation
   * 4 Philanthropy
   * 5 See also
   * 6 References
   * 7 External links


Along with his brother Northrup R. Knox, he presented an application October 19, 1965 to obtain a National Hockey League expansion team in 1967, but was rebuffed. In 1968, the NHL Board of Governors rejected their agreement to move the Oakland Seals to Buffalo pending league approval. Finally, on December 2, 1969 the league announced its decision to expand to Buffalo and Vancouver for the 1970–71 season.

By 1975, the Sabres were in the Stanley Cup Finals and Knox was named The Hockey News executive of the year. Knox served on the NHL's Board of Governors for 25 years and was a director of the US Hockey Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. Knox was a principal owner of the Buffalo Sabres from their foundation as a National Hockey League franchise in 1970 until his death in 1996. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. He was posthumously honoured with the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1997.[1]

Other Buffalo sports

The Knox Brothers were the impetus behind the establishment of the Buffalo Bandits of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in 1991 and the Buffalo Blizzard of the National Professional Soccer League in 1992.

The brothers also brought their vision of a state of the art sports and entertainment complex originally named the Marine Midland Arena and now called the HSBC Arena to life. The 20,000 seat complex was completed in 1996 and is located at 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza on the waterfront in downtown Buffalo. It is the home of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bandits as well as the former home of the Buffalo Blizzard and Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

Education and vocation

As a Buffalo born and bred sportsman, he excelled at tennis, squash, and polo. He studied at Yale and Columbia before serving as a decorated Corporal in World War II in the United States Army Field Artillery.


As a philanthropist, Knox contributed to a vast array of Greater Buffalo charities and causes such as the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Children's Foundation of Erie County. He had four children with his wife Jean: Seymour IV, Read, Avery and Helen, and several grandchildren. His eulogy remarks on the Congressional Record were made by Daniel P. Moynihan[1] in the U.S. Senate and John J. LaFalce[2] and Jack Quinn[3] in the House of Representatives.

See also

   * Buffalo Sabres
   * Knox Farm State Park
   * Buffalo Memorial Auditorium


  1. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.426, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

External links

   * Sports Illustrated: School of Hard Knox
   * Hockey Hall of Fame
   * The Birth of the Sabres
   * Knox Family of Buffalo, NY
   * Friends of Knox Farm State Park
   * Seymour H. Knox III's biography at Legends of Hockey

Source: Downloaded 2011 from Wikipedia.

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Seymour Horace Knox, III's Timeline

March 9, 1926
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States
May 22, 1996
Age 70
East Aurora, Erie County, New York, United States