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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Mike Robitaille

(Born on February 12, 1948) -- The Buffalo Sabres haven’t been afraid to use ex-players in a new role as broadcasters over the years. Mike Robitaille is one such example.

Robitaille came up through the New York Rangers’ farm system and actually played for the Buffalo Bisons during the 1970 American Hockey League playoffs. He helped those Bisons win a championship, too. It was on to the Red Wings from there, and then he was traded to the Sabres with Don Luce for goalie Joe Daley.

Robitaille stayed with Buffalo for a little more than three full seasons. He was part of the team that made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 1972-73. On the eve of the 1974-75 season, Robitaille was traded with Gerry Meehan to Vancouver for Jocelyn Guevremont.

From there, Robitaille spent two and one-half years on the Canucks’ blue line. However, he suffered a neck injury in a game against Pittsburgh in Feb., 1977. It ended his career. Robitaille won a lawsuit against the Canucks over medical treatment of that injury.

After retirement, he moved into the broadcast booth as an analyst. He has filled a variety of roles in that area with the Sabres over the years, and remains a popular figure around town.

--- Budd Bailey

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