Ted Darling:
The Voice of the Sabres At His Finest
By Steve Cichon, staffannouncer.com

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BUFFALO, NY (staffannouncer.com) - As the Buffalo Sabres celebrate the team's 40th Anniversary season, staffannouncer.com celebrates the voices that have brought us Sabres hockey for those four decades, over televisions connected to an antenna, TVs connected to a satellite dish, or from a transistor radio under the pillow for a late night West Coast swing in Winnipeg or with the Golden Seals.

On this page, we bring you the Voice of the Buffalo Sabres, Ted Darling, as he narrates the story of the 1975 Sabres Stanley Cup Season, featuring his own play-by-play calls and those of his broadcast partner Rick Jeanneret.

LEFT: The 1980s Sabres Broadcast Team:Rick Jeanneret, Ted Darling, Mike Robitaille, and Jim Lorentz.

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Ted Darling's smooth voice and exciting yet still authorative call of Sabres Hockey was heard on radio and TV from the team's inception in 1970, through 1991, when illness forced him from the booth. Rick Jeanneret, who for generations of Sabres fans is the voice most associated with the excitment of Sabres Hockey, will to this day demur when called the 'Voice of the Sabres,' explaining that title belongs only to Ted Darling.

Prior to becoming the Sabres first play-by-play man in 1970, Darling was the studio host for the English-language Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts of the Montreal Canadiens games. His genuine excitement for what he was seeing on the ice, and the stunning pace with which he delivered the play-by-play certainly added to the buzz and excitement of NHL hockey as it was played in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium. This was true especially in an era when a play-by-play man's description was vital: only a handful of games were televised, and the opening day capacity of the Aud before for the oranges were added was in the 10,000 range.

RIGHT: Tim Horton, perhaps now better known for coffee, was a veteran defenceman for the Buffalo Sabres when he died in February, 1974, after a traffic accident on the QEW driving back to Buffalo from Toronto, following a game with the Leafs. Horton was a mentor for many of the young defencemen on the Sabres, including Mike Robitaille and Jim Schoenfeld. The year after Horton's death, the Sabres made the Stanley Cup Finals.

(Photo from staffannouncer.com Archives)

Like only few other voices, Darling's is one that uniquely brings Buffalonians back to a different time. Just like hearing Irv, Rick or Tom... Or Van Miller... Or Danny Neaverth... there's that feeling like home when you hear Ted Darling. His voice is like the gentle whirr of the AM&A's escalator, or the taste of a Crystal Beach loganberry. If you close your eyes, it's one of those things that can actually take you back through time for a few moments...

Ted was an orginal. Ted was a good man and a good friend. Though some in the press reprehensibly said that he was forced from the broadcast booth by alcoholism, it was actually Pick's Disease, a rare form of dementia which manifests itself similarly to Alzheimers Disease, which lead Ted to leave broadcasting. He died from the disease in 1996. Those who knew him, love him. Those who listened to him, loved him. Buffalo loves him still.

Close your eyes now, for a moment, and remember Sabres hockey the way it was.....

Listen to Ted Darling!

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1975 Sabres Part 1
Narrated by Ted Darling, this is Side One of an album put out by the Sabres and WGR Radio celebrating the Sabres 1975 season. This is a recap of the regular season.
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1975 Sabres Part 2
Narrated by Ted, this is Side Two, and is a recap of the 1975 playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Finals vs The Flyers.

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