Sabres fans will hear familiar voices during the broadcasts of every game next season, even the ones without usual play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret.
Danny Gare and Kevin Sylvester will call the majority of Buffalo's road games, the team announced today. The Sabres were looking for replacements for Harry Neale and Jeanneret, who announced he was cutting back on travel, and they tabbed two well-known faces and voices.
Gare has his jersey number retired by the team thanks to a stellar playing career in the 1970s. He has done numerous television and emcee jobs for the Sabres, and he was also a broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the fold with the Sabres organization," said Gare, who will work the color commentary role. "I think Kevin is a very good broadcaster, and our styles will complement each other well."
Sylvester has been on the Sabres' broadcast team since 2005 as a game and studio host. He filled in for Jeanneret several times in recent seasons during the longtime announcer's vacations.
"I am thrilled for the opportunity to call away games," Sylvester said. “I have tremendous respect for RJ’s mastery of Sabres play-by-play and am happy that he will continue. I’m also excited to share the booth with Danny Gare, whose experience and knowledge of the game will be great assets to all Sabres fans."
Jeanneret will work 10 to 15 road games, depending on the yet-to-be-released NHL schedule. The rest will belong to Sylvester and Gare.
"Of the numerous applicants we received for these positions, we realized that our most qualified candidates came from within," Sabres President Ted Black said. "Both Kevin and Danny have a familiarity with the players and the organization, and there is also an existing comfort level with our fans. These were important factors in our decision-making process."