Sabres expected to name Phil Housley as next head coach

Posted June 16, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres hire Housley as their new coach, the club announced Thursday, June 15, 2017.

"It's been really special and it's really ironic that I started my (playing) career here right out of high school here too", Housley said during his introductory press conference.

Phil Housley still remembers high-fiving Sabres fans at Memorial Auditorium in opening his Hall of Fame career in Buffalo during the 1980s. Housley's career spanned until the 2002-03 season.

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He's also spent time as the head coach of the U.S.at the World Juniors, winning a gold medal with the team in 2013. During his four seasons with Nashville, he formed one of the NHL's best defensive corps.

As an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, he helped the defense get to where they were: in the Stanley Cup Final. "His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing, and we're excited to see where his leadership will take us".

The sixth overall pick in the 1982 NHL Draft immediately became a presence on the Sabres' blue line, tallying 19 goals and 66 points in 77 games as a rookie.

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For now, Sabres fans should appreciate the hiring of Housley in addition to the hiring of Botterill.

Housley began coaching in his home state in 2004, and was behind the bench at Stillwater for nine years.

Housley retired after the 2002-03 season, having played 1,495 National Hockey League regular-season games, registering 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points. He's a member of the Buffalo Sabres, USA Hockey and IIHF Halls of Fame, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

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