The Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Selection Committee today announced the induction of two new members into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. Based on their outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey and the Buffalo Sabres organization, the Class of 2010 consists of Jim Lorentz and Joe Crozier. The enshrinement ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 9, prior to the 7 p.m. game against the Boston Bruins.
A native of Waterloo, Ont., Lorentz spent seven of his 10 NHL seasons in Buffalo (1972-78), scoring 331 points (134+197) in 485 games. His 331 points rank him 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. Jim spent 26 years as a Buffalo Sabres broadcaster. Beginning in 1981, he joined the Sabres radio booth as a color analyst, working with two of the best play-by-play men in the history of the game, Ted Darling and Rick Jeanneret. He moved into the TV booth prior to the 1992-93 seasons where he would stay until retirement before the start of the 2007 season. Jim was also a part of the 1970 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.
Lorentz’s Career Stats with Buffalo:
GP: 485 G: 134 A: 197 PTS: 331 PIM: 126
Lorentz’s Career NHL Stats:
GP: 659 G: 161 A: 238 PTS: 399 PIM: 208
|Joe Crozier |
Affectionately known as “Coach”, Joe Crozier was the Sabres Head Coach 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 the Sabres in 1972, Crozier won three Calder Cup championships in four years (1964-68) with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He played over 15 years in all levels of hockey, making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1959-60 season. After retiring from coaching, Crozier joined the Sabres front office, where he has remained for 36 years in various positions.
Crozier’s Career Coaching Stats with Buffalo:
Season: GP: W: L: T:
1971-72 36 8 19 9
1972-73 78 37 27 14
1973-74 78 32 34 12
The selections were made by the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Selection Committee: Robert O. Swados, Wayne Redshaw, Bill Hajt, Scotty Bowman, Seymour Knox IV, Peter Andrews, Michael Gilbert, Ed Kilgore, Archie Katzman, Kevin Gavagan, John Murphy and Jim Lorentz.
Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Members
Class of 1980
Frank Christie, Roger Crozier, George “Punch” Imlach
Class of 1982
Tim Horton, Fred T. Hunt
Class of 1986
David Forman, Don Luce, Craig Ramsay
Class of 1989
Richard Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert
Class of 1994
Class of 1995
Jim Schoenfeld, Robert O. Swados
Class of 1996
Ted Darling, Seymour H. Knox, III, Northrup R. Knox
Class of 1998
Jack Gatecliff, Larry Playfair
Class of 2000
Don Edwards, Bill Hajt, Wayne Redshaw, Robert “Rip” Simonick
Class of 2001
Jerry Korab, Mike Racicot, Mike Ramsey
Class of 2005
Mike Foligno, Dick Johnston, Pat LaFontaine, Rudy Migay, Robert E. Rich, Jr., George Strawbridge
Class of 2007
Class of 2009
Dave Andreychuk, Milt Ellis
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