Lorentz, tired of travel schedule, retires from Sabres booth

Updated: September 26, 2007, 1:35 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres television and radio broadcaster Jim Lorentz abruptly retired, citing a the demands of a long NHL season to end a 26-year career with the team.

"This was a tough decision to make," Lorentz said Tuesday. "But after 43 years of travel as a player and broadcaster, I based my decision on an unwillingness to tackle another long season and grueling travel schedule."

Before becoming a broadcaster, Lorentz played 10 NHL seasons, including seven with Buffalo, and won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1970.

Lorentz began his broadcasting career in 1981 as a color commentator on radio and eventually did both TV and radio for the Sabres. He worked alongside former play-by-play broadcaster Ted Darling, who died in 1996, and current partner Rick Jeanneret, who has been on the team's radio or TV broadcasts since 1971.

The team has not announced a full-time replacement for Lorentz, and will use three guest commentators, including former Sabre and recently retired NHL tough guy Matthew Barnaby, for its final three preseason games.

"We wish Jim all the best and know that as a former player and broadcaster, he will always be a part of the Sabres family," Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said.

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