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Lorentz, longtime Sabres broadcaster, announces retirement after 26 years @NHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sabres television and radio broadcaster Jim Lorentz abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, citing a gruelling travel schedule to end a 26-year career with the team.

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

Prior to 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 colour 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.

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