Sabres broadcaster Robitaille to retire at end of season
Mike Robitaille, a long-time fixture with the Buffalo Sabres as a player and broadcaster, announced Thursday that he will will retire from his TV duties at the end of this season.
Robitaille played in the NHL for nine years for the Sabres, Rangers, Red Wings and Canucks. He started his broadcasting career on Sabres radio in 1980. Currently, he is a studio analyst for the Sabres' coverage on MSG Network.
“It’s never an easy decision to walk away from doing something that you love,” Robitaille said in statement. “Hockey and the Sabres have been a major part of my life for the better part of 33 years, and I felt now was a good time for me to step away. Many things factored into my decision, one being that the health effects from my car accident a few years back have become more of a struggle to work through. More importantly, however, is my desire to have more quality time to spend with my family.”
Former Sabres forward Brad May will replace Robitaille. He will be on about 25 broadcasts this season as an analyst and commentator. before joining full-time next season.