Lorentz, tired of travel schedule, retires from Sabres booth

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.