Designing the Exhibit

The project began by researching memorable events from the team’s history and reviewing artifacts from Dr. Gambacorta’s collection. Once we determined the storyline, we developed small vignettes to highlight these moments, designing a presentation of vintage jerseys and sticks throughout the years. As the design developed, artifacts were included to illustrate the stories – ticket stubs, game programs, commemorative pennants and pucks, and equipment filled the space.

Display case design drawing for Buffalo Sabres 40th Anniversary exhibit

1970s-style vintage banners announce the events such as the inaugural game in 1970, the 1978 All-Star Game, and the team’s two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1975 and 1999. Matching ID cards and information panels complete out the layout, creating “talking points” to narrate the exhibit. Two custom-designed displays were included: 500 puck display to commemorate Gilbert Perrault’s 500th goal and a 70-puck column, color-coded by period, to illustrate goalie Dominic Hasek’s outstanding 70-save game on April 27, 1994.

Exhibit design for Buffalo Sabres 40th Anniversary including hockey memorabilia

Installing the Custom-Designed Exhibit

The canvas for the cases was a background of textured white acrylic panels distressed to simulate a well-skated rink. Custom risers add depth to the cases—the bases for each adjustable mannequin allowed for a flexible installation. Graphics and artifacts were installed onsite by the OtherWisz team using custom-designed mounts. All content was reviewed, adjusted and finalized just as the glass was dropped in, sealing and protecting the artifacts, including a priceless 1974 Tim Horton home jersey.

Exhibit design for Buffalo Sabres 40th Anniversary including hockey memorabilia