After arriving in New Jersey, having played 61 games with the Maple Leafs, Andreychuk began to record several career milestones, beginning when he scored his 1,000th career point on April 7, 1996 four days before playing in his 1,000th career game on this date in 1996.
After eliminating the New York Islanders in five, sweeping the Montreal Canadiens and outlasting the Philadelphia Flyers in a seven game series, Tampa Bay was paired with the Calgary Flames in the final.
Coming from behind 3 games to 2, Tampa Bay rallied with a double overtime win on the road in Game 6 and captured the Stanley Cup 2-1 at home in Game 7. As the team captain, Andreychuk had the honor of accepting the cup on behalf of the team, to the delight of many around the league, happy to see the veteran finally reach the pinnacle of the sport after 22 seasons, tying a league record.
The Sabres wore this style jersey from their very first day in the NHL back in 1970-71 with no names and a lace up collar. Names on the back arrived in 1977-78 and the following season saw the arrival of a v-neck collar and the Sabres logo repeated on the shoulders. The SandowSK logo first arrived on the back in 1980-81. 1982-83 would be the final season for this precise combination, as the following season the jerseys would be branded as CCM and all the striping would become much bolder.