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Sabres promote Gilbert to front office job; Ch.7 reporter exiting

Mike Gilbert, the member of the Buffalo Sabres organization who has been dealing with the local and the national media covering the National Hockey League team for 19 years, recently received a significant promotion.

The Sabres haven’t announced it, even though Gilbert’s new role is visible on its website.

Under the staff directory, Gilbert now is listed under front office personnel as the vice president of administration for the Sabres and the general manager of Harborcenter.

The website also includes the information that Gilbert’s old job as director of media relations now belongs to Chris Bandura, who has been Gilbert’s primary assistant.

It isn’t unusual these days for the Sabres or Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) not to announce key hires, promotions or departures.

Channel 4 reporter Lauren Hall recently announced on Twitter that she was joining PSE in June. At the time, there was no announcement by PSE that Hall, who has been the in-arena host at Sabre games in a part-time capacity, was joining the organization full time.

Gilbert joined the Sabres in 1997 and has earned the respect of the media while working with several different owners since then, often under difficult times.

Channel 7 reporter Rachel Elzufon is leaving the station to work at The Red Cross part-time as its volunteer services coordinator. Her last day is Friday.

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