Sabres' PR chief bound for Sochi

January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 8:26 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 8:26 AM EDT

Ryan Miller will not be the only member of the Buffalo Sabres organization traveling to Russia to represent the United States in this year's Winter Olympics.

Michael Gilbert, the Sabres' longtime vice president of public relations and community affairs, will be working with USA Hockey during the Sochi games, beginning next week. Gilbert will be working directly with Dave Fischer, USA Hockey's public relations manager, primarily on coverage and media concerns focusing on the men's hockey team, but also some work with the women's hockey squad.

The men's team is comprised of National Hockey League players, including Miller, South Buffalo's Patrick Kane, and Amherst native Brooks Orpik.

"It's honor just to be asked," Gilbert said.

Gilbert, through the Sabres, has a deep working relationship with USA Hockey including the 2011 World Juniors held at First Niagara Center and various amateur tournaments and games played in Buffalo.

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