© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Hoppe: Bylsma a good fit for young Sabres

Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres got a solid consolation prize after losing out in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes last week. The team, on Thursday, hired Stanley Cup-winning head coach Dan Bylsma to succeed Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe, a regular contributor to WBFO, says the hire is a "great move" for the organization.

"He adds a lot of prestige. We won a Cup. He's young," said Hoppe on Friday's Morning Edition. "He gives a legitimacy to them. A lot of people in the league took notice of the move."

Hoppe says early expectations will be low for Bylsma and the coach will be able to grow with the young team.

The longtime reporter says General Manager Tim Murray sought to hire someone with cache in the NHL. He says while there is still a long way to go, the rebuilding team continues to make strides.

"It's working out very well. They have a bundle of young talent that's the envy of the league," Hoppe said. "Everything they've wanted has fallen into place."

Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.
Related Content