Chris Bandura is in his 12th season with the Sabres organization and sixth as the team’s director of media relations after spending his first six seasons as the team’s media relations coordinator. As the primary contact between the team and the media at home and on the road, Bandura is responsible for arranging interviews, coordinating press conferences and assisting in game-day operations. Bandura also oversees the day-to-day operations of the media relations staff.
Before joining the Sabres, Bandura spent two years as the media relations coordinator for the Rochester Sports Group, which included the Rochester Americans (AHL), Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL First Division), Rochester Knighthawks (NLL) and Rochester Rattlers (MLL). Prior to his stint in Rochester, Bandura was the vice president of operations for the Columbus Landsharks of the National Lacrosse League (2001-2003). He has also spent time in the NLL front office as the director of media relations (1999-00).
A 1999 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, Bandura was born and raised in Cheektowaga, New York. He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in West Seneca, New York, with their daughter, Rosalie, and son, Charlie.
Ian Ott is in his seventh season as member of the Buffalo Sabres’ media relations department and second as the team’s manager of media relations. After serving as the Sabres’ media relations graduate assistant during the 2010-11 season, Ott joined the team on a permanent basis in July 2011. Some of Ott’s primary duties include overseeing press box operations, serving as the editor of team publications and preparing the team’s game notes. He is also responsible for overseeing media relations efforts for the Buffalo Bandits (NLL). A graduate of SUNY Oswego, Ott worked for the school’s sports information department and its student-run newspaper, The Oswegonian, while earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. A native of Western New York, Ott currently resides in Cheektowaga, New York with his wife, Laura.
Chris Dierken is in his third season with the Buffalo Sabres media relations department after spending the 2014-15 season as the department’s graduate assistant. Before joining the Sabres full-time, Dierken served as an intern for the team’s public relations department in 2012-13. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills’ media relations department and served as the communications coordinator for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He graduated with a journalism degree from SUNY Buffalo State in 2013, where he was the sports editor of the school’s newspaper, The Record, and worked in the sports information department. Dierken was born and raised in Western New York and currently lives in West Seneca with his fiancée, Sarah.