LORENTZ ONE OF 12 TO BE INDUCTED INTO GREATER BUFFALO SPORTS HALL OF FAME
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The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame introduced its 12-member class of 2011 at HSBC Arena on Wednesday, a class that includes former Sabres player and broadcaster Jim Lorentz.
Lorentz spent seven of his 10 NHL seasons in Buffalo (1972-78), scoring 331 points (134+197) in 485 games. His 331 points rank 17th 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. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2010. For his NHL career, Lorentz registered 399 career points (161+238) over 10 seasons with the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and Buffalo, where he finished his career.
Joining Lorentz in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 are former Buffalo Bill All Pro lineman Ruben Brown; two-time Super Bowl champ Jim Burt; basketball standout Curtis Aiken; baseball player, coach and administrator Don Colpoys; former Major League Baseball player Phil Mankowski; Olympic gold medalist in the bobsled Steve Mesler; and LPGA golfer Cindy Miller. Posthumous inductees include former Bills fullback Cookie Gilchrist; the inventor of volleyball, William Morgan; one of the “founding fathers” of the West Side Rowing Club, Michael Broderick; and legendary distance runner Lewis “Deerfoot” Bennett.
The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those “who have enhanced lives with their performance and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on the athletes of tomorrow.” The class of 2011 will officially be inducted in November (date to be announced) at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency.