If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably remember watching both Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabers coverage on Empire Sports Network.
After every Sabers game, they aired Hockey Hotline, which for several years featured former Sabers defenseman Mike Robitaille and studio host Brian Blessing.
Blessing sadly passed away on Sunday according to Matt Youmans in Las Vegas, where Blessing worked in the sports betting business.
Blessing is best remembered by the Buffalonians for his work with the Hockey Hotline with Robitaille and for several years with WIVB, including during the Super Bowl Bills in the early ’90s.
The Sabers then tweeted the news.
Blessing worked in Buffalo sports media for 25 years before moving to Las Vegas, where he worked for Sportsbook Radio and Vegas Hockey Hotline for the Vegas Golden Knights.
The blessing was a staple for me when I was a child. I watched Empire Sports Network after every Sabers game and loved their chemistry with Robitaille. I also remember those older than me discussing his long tenure in the Buffalo media covering the Bills before that. Blessing loved hockey and football and had a long career in sports media.
Rest in peace to a Buffalo sports media legend.
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