BUFFALO, NY - (WKBW) A Sabres spokesman has confirmed to Eyewitness Sports that longtime Memorial Auditorium public address announcer Milt Ellis has died at the age of 81.
The following is Ellis' bio from Sabres.com:
Known to many simply as “The Voice of the Aud,” Milt Ellis was the Sabres public address announcer for 26 seasons at the Memorial Auditorium. Ellis became a fixture in the old Aud as he sat between the two penalty boxes, with his unmistakable voice announcing some of the most memorable moments in Sabres history. Before the Sabres came along in 1970, Ellis spent several years prior as the PA voice of the AHL’s Buffalo Bisons – a job he took as a favor to his friend, long-time Bisons PR man Stan Barron. A graduate of Syracuse University, Ellis also spent more than 40 years working for Buffalo-based radio station WDCX.
Audio clips of Mr. Ellis' career can be found at www.staffannouncer.com, the website founded by broadcaster Steve Cichon.
No details have been released regarding Ellis' cause of death.