I always heard that Dave Hodge did the play by play for TV games in the first season. There were just seven games televised. But the Sabres media guide says play by play announcers were Hodge and Azar. Just throwing a hail mary here in case any of the old-timers remember. The guide's even a little unclear about season 2 on TV. There were 14 games on TV, and it says Ted Darling, Hodge and Azar would share the broadcasting duties.
Did Rick Azar do play by play for the Sabres?
Posted 16 October 2015 - 01:33 PM
Rick Azar, Irv Weinstein, and Tom Jolls served as the longest running news anchor team in the nation. Azar also served as a color analyst on WKBW's (now WWKB) radio broadcast of the Buffalo Bills games, play-by-play man on the Bills preseason games televised on WKBW-TV and an intermission host on Buffalo Sabres hockey games televised in the 1970s on Ch 7. Azar originated the name "The French Connection" on his sportscast on WKBW-TV's Eyewitness News. The name "French Connection" was soon picked up by other media and became legendary across the hockey world in reference to the famed Buffalo Sabres hockey line of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert. Azar also did basketball play-by-play on St. Bonaventure basketball games on Ch 7 during the Bob Lanier era.
Does not look like it