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Buffalo Sabres Co-founder Robert Swados Passes Away

November 24th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Buffalo Sabres co-founder Robert O. Swados passed away Friday at age 93.

Swados was found dead Friday morning in the nursing home he lived in in suburban Kenmore. No immediate cause of death was known.

Swados was recruited by brothers Seymour and Northrup in the mid-1960s to help in their quest to bring an NHL expansion team to Buffalo, a quest that was successful for the 1970-71 season.

"Bob Swados was one of the founding members of the Buffalo Sabres ownership group 42 years ago," Sabres owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. "He was an integral part of the Knox brothers' successful acquisition of the franchise and was an important member of the front office for over 30 years. He was still involved with the organization, serving as the president of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Swados family."

Swados was a Harvard Law graduate who worked as an attorney in Buffalo and co-founded Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre. He was the NHL's special counsel from 1976-93. He is a member of the Sabres Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1995. He wrote a book about his hockey experiences in 2006, "Counsel in the Crease."

A graveside service will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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