Buffalo Sabres Offseason Staff Changes

A few personnel changes here & there.

As the Buffalo Sabres prepare for another NHL season, just like any other NHL team, there have been a number of employee turnovers and job title changes over the last few months. Inspired by this post from Pension Plan Puppets, I embarked on a similar task to see who's in, who’s out and what’s changed on the Sabres/KeyBank Center/etc. staff.

I compared the current Sabres staff directory page to the same one on October 18, 2021. Here are the notable, or somewhat notable, changes. This list isn’t comprehensive, and I didn’t include every switch in departments like maintenance, engineering & security.

Longtime equipment manager Rip Simonick had spoken for years about retirement, or at least shifting to part-time work, but this is the first time in a long time that he isn’t listed at all on the Sabres’ website to start a new hockey season. It would appear that he has quietly retired, for real this time, and if that’s indeed the case, it would behoove the Sabres to properly honor him.

When it comes to the coaching staff, everything is pretty much status quo entering the season. Some of these changes we already knew about over the course of the past year, including the addition of two data/analytics positions. Regardless, it’s interesting to see where the turnover has occurred and what’s new heading into the season.

New Positions

Domenic Galamini, Jr.Data ScientistHockey
Matt BarloweData EngineerHockey
Don DudleyTeam ChiropractorPerformance
Laura HettrickSenior Event ManagerArena Operations
Gerald McNamaraChief EngineerArena
Michael McCreaMaintenance ManagerArena Operations
Kayla BurnsMarketing CoordinatorMarketing & Ticketing Operations
Amber MurphyFundraising CoordinatorMarketing & Ticketing Operations
Zach JohnsonDirector of Ticket Sales & ServicesMarketing & Ticketing Operations
John RicottaAssociate Manager, Premium HospitalityMarketing & Ticketing Operations
Kevin BaileyPremium Sales RepresentativeMarketing & Ticketing Operations
George BlasStudio Production AssistantMedia & Content
Kurt HaumesserSocial Media CoordinatorMedia & Content

Position Switches

NameNew TitleOld Title
Michael WhitneyMarkerting Manager - Live Events & BanditsCopywriter
Tyler FordCommunity Relations CoordinatorMascot Coordinator
Christopher MillerTicket Operations AdministratorAccount Services Representattive
Roxanne AndersonSenior Account Services RepresentativeAccount Services Representattive
Brian BilskiTicket Sales RepresentativeAccount Services Representattive
Michelle Girardi ZumwaltSupervising ProducerSenior Producer
Jay HarrisSenior ProducerProducer
Kelsey SweetSocial Media StrategistSenior Social Media Editor


Rip SimonickEquipment ManagerEquipment
Joe CollinsHigh Performance ManagerPerformance
Mike TaboniEvent ManagerArena Operations
Timothy SchmittSecurity ManagerArena Operations
Jon LatkeManager of Corporate SalesBusiness Development/Merchandise
Chelsea KowalikGraphic DesignerCreative Services & Game Presentation
Sara SchullerAccount Manager, PicSix CreativeCreative Services & Game Presentation
John DurbinSVP of Marketing & Business StrategyMarketing & Ticket Operations
Gregg PastoreSr. Director of Digital Media & StrategyMarketing & Ticket Operations
Nick FearbyCoordinator of Community RelationsMarketing & Ticket Operations
Mark PreislerEVP of Media & Content, PSEMedia & Content
Don HeinsDirector of Communications, PSEMedia & Content
Alexandra NapoliSocial Media EditorMedia & Content

Despite his retirement, Rick Jeanneret is still listed as the team’s Play-by-Play Announcer, so I’d expect that further updates will be forthcoming.