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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A long career

   September 25, 2007 -- Jim Lorentz arrived in Buffalo in a trade with the New York Rangers in 1972. He stayed for more than 35 years.

   Lorentz was a member of some very good Sabre teams before retiring in 1978. Then he eventually made the move to the broadcast booth. He appeared on both radio and television over the years -- almost 30 of them, to be exact.

   The timing of his retirement announcement was a bit odd, since the start of the season was right around the corner.

   "It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season," Sabres' executive Larry Quinn said. "You look in the mirror and say, "I can't go anymore.' It happened to Jim. I don't think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo."

    Lorentz, 60, had been in the hockey business for 43 years. He exited quietly, not even giving interviews about his departure at the time.

   "It was his decision. Totally," Quinn said. "I'd love to have him back. He didn't want to do it anymore. There was no other issue."

   Harry Neale eventually came along to replace Lorentz on the Sabres' broadcasts.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.