Mike Gilbert, VP of public and community relations for the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, will be joining the 2014 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team to support media relations during the Sochi Games.
Gilbert, Parise, Fischer
Gilbert reports to Dave Fischer, senior director of communications for Colorado Springs-based USA Hockey, the governing body for amateur hockey in the U.S. Fischer will do his third stint in charge of PR for the men's Olympic hockey team in Sochi.
The men's team earned a silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver. In Sochi, it will be lead by Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. The U.S. team, which faces Slovakia on Feb. 13, has not won a gold medal in hockey since the "miracle" run in 1980. Canada and Russia are favored in betting lines.
Gilbert has worked PR for the Sabres since 1997, joining from the New Jersey Devils.
Gilbert previously handled PR in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills around a stint in the World League of American Football with the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks.
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild is captain of Team USA.