While Buffalo Sabres fans enjoy the fact that they are going to get to enjoy Rick Jeanneret on a limited basis leading up to his retirement in three years, Mike
Robitaille will not be giving fans that same farewell.
The Buffalo Sabres announced today that after more than three decades in the broadcast booth following a nine year career in hockey with the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers – Mr. Robataille will retire from broadcasting after 33 years covering the game.
From the Buffalo Sabres press release:
“It’s never an
easy decision to walk away from doing something that you love,” Robitaille said.
“Hockey and the Sabres have been a major part of my life for the better part of
33 years and I felt now was a good time for me to step away. Many things
factored into my decision, one being that the health effects from my car
accident a few years back have become more of a struggle to work through. More
importantly, however, is my desire to have more quality time to spend with my
Robie has been broadcasting for the Buffalo Sabres since 1980.
Filling the void that will be left with the departure of Robitaille will be former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Brad May. May will join the team for approximately 25 games this season, before taking on a full time role with the club starting next year.