Mike Gilbert is making his first appearance on the staff of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Gilbert has served as the vice president of public and community relations with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres for two seasons. His duties include oversight of the public and community relations departments for the Sabres and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits. In addition, he also supervises youth hockey and fan development initiatives for the organizations, serves as the team liaison of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and is a member of the Sabres Hall of Fame committee.
Prior to being named to his current position, Gilbert worked for 14 years as the director of public relations for the Sabres (1997-2011), as well as two years in that same role with the New Jersey Devils (1995-97). During that time, Gilbert helped his department win the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association Dick Dillman Award for excellence in public relations in both 1996-97 with New Jersey and 1997-98 with Buffalo.
Before entering the world of hockey, Gilbert spent eight years in football, working as the assistant director of public relations with the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles from 1991-95 after stints with the World League of American Football’s Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks (1990) and the NFL’s Buffalo Bills (1988-90)
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Gilbert and his wife reside in Amherst, N.Y.