LORENTZ, CROZIER INDUCTED INTO SABRES HALL OF FAME
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Jim Lorentz and Joe Crozier were inducted into the 2010 Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday night at HSBC Arena, prior to the game against the Boston Bruins.
Lorentz, spent seven of his 10 NHL seasons in Buffalo (1972-78), scoring 331 points (134+197) in 485 games. His 331 points rank 14th in all-time scoring for the Sabres. He became infamous for swatting a bat out of mid-air during Game 3 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers. Lorentz also spent 26 years as a Sabres broadcaster; working with two of the best play-by-play men in the history of the game, Ted Darling and Rick Jeanneret.
Crozier, was Head Coach of the Sabres from 1972-74. He was bestowed with the honor of “Coach of the Year” for the 1972-73 season by The Hockey News. Before he came to Buffalo in 1972, Crozier won three Calder Cup championships in four years (1964-68) with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. After retiring from coaching, he joined the Sabres front office, where he has remained for 36 years in various positions.
"To the fans, It was 37 years ago you cheered and honored my team with [the chant] ‘Thank You Sabres’… tonight I finally get the chance to respond and say thank you fans," Crozier said.
Added Lorentz: "I’m deeply honored and humbled by this induction... Buffalo Sabres fans have been great and I want to thank you for all the memories that you’ve given me. You enthusiasm, your optimism makes everything better. You DO make a difference. Thank you so much."