Ted Darling

Ted Darling
Edgar Lee Darling

(1935-06-09)June 9, 1935[1]
DiedDecember 19, 1996(1996-12-19) (aged 61)
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Buffalo Sabres
SportsIce hockey

Edgar Lee "Ted" Darling (June 9, 1935 – December 19, 1996) was a Canadian sports announcer best known as the original "Voice of the Buffalo Sabres" ice hockey team for twenty-two seasons, calling the team's games on television from the team's inaugural season in 1970 to 1991. Prior to his work with the Sabres, he hosted Hockey Night in Canada telecasts from Montreal.[2]

In October 1991, Darling was diagnosed with Pick's disease, an Alzheimer's-like degenerative illness, and thus, was on medical leave from October 16 to November 20. He returned to call 6 more games before being relieved of his duties by the executive producer of Sabres broadcasts, Paul Wieland, on December 12, 1991. Darling called a total of 11 games during the 1991-92 season. He was brought back, however, as a studio analyst for games on WUTV in the 1992-93 season before announcing his retirement. After a five-year battle with the illness, he died on December 19, 1996 at the age of 61.[3]

Awards and accolades[]

Memorable calls[]

When the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 hit the city of Buffalo, Darling called a game between the Sabres and Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum from his apartment—phoning in his commentary while watching the action on his television.[5]


  1. ^ "Edgar L. Darling: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record - GenealogyBank". genealogybank.com.
  2. ^ Cichon, Steve. "Ted Darling: The Voice of the Sabres At His Finest". Staffannouncer.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Anderson, Dale (December 20, 1996). "TED DARLING, VOICE OF THE BUFFALO SABRES FOR 22 YEARS, DIES AT 61". The Buffalo News.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame - 2002 Inductees". Buffalo Broadcasters Association. Archived from the original on March 27, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ted Darling: Buffalo Sabres Broadcaster". Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
Preceded by
Tim Ryan
Stanley Cup Finals American network television play-by-play announcer
1976 (with Marv Albert; Darling called Game 2)
Succeeded by
Dan Kelly