Joe Battista joined the Sabres in November 2013. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres VP Joe Battista leaving organization

BUFFALO – Joe Battista, the Sabres’ vice president for hockey-related business, will be leaving the organization in the coming weeks.

The move had been in the works “for a long period of time,” a team spokesman said. Battista will be returning to his family in State College, Pa.

Battista is the second high-profile front office member to leave the team in the last week. The Sabres hired Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon last Monday when former president Ted Black and the team “mutually agreed to part ways” last week. Multiple reports said Black was fired.

Battista joined the Sabres in November 2013 from Penn State University, where he was associate athletic director for Pegula Ice Arena, a facility built with an $88 million gift from Sabres owner Terry Pegula.

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