USA Hockey has announced that Michael Gilbert, Buffalo Sabres vice president of public and community relations, has been appointed as media relations liaison for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, to be held in Sochi, Russia.
"We're extremely pleased to have Mike as part of our communications team for the Olympic Winter Games," said Dave Fischer, senior director of communications for USA Hockey. "His vast experience, as well as his passion for the game, will serve our sport well as we look to capitalize on the enormous stage that the Olympics bring with it."
Gilbert, who is entering his 17th season with the Sabres organization, has worked in the NHL since 1995, when he was hired as director of public relations for the New Jersey Devils. He has twice been a part of NHL PR staffs that have been honored with the Professional Hockey Writers' Association's Dick Dillman Award for excellence in public relations (1996-97, New Jersey; 1997-98, Buffalo).
A Buffalo native, Gilbert graduated from Canisius College with degrees in communications and history. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Amherst with their sons, Mark (13) and Jack (10), and their daughter, Grace (8).