Buffalo Sabres hire Phil Housley as head coach

Posted June 16, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday announced the team hired Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history.

In total, Housley played 1,495 games for eight teams, scoring 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points. In addition to that, he is the seventh Sabres alumnus to serve as Head Coach of the team.

Housley is the 18th coach in franchise history and the job is his first head coaching job in his National Hockey League coaching career.

He will be the first head coach to serve under new general manager Jason Botterill, replacing Dan Bylsma, who was sacked along with general manager Tim Murray in April.

During his career, Housley played in seven All-Star Games.

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Housley has worked with the Predators' defensive corps in his four years as an assistant on the Nashville bench, and it paid dividends when that group helped carry the team in its memorable run to a Western Conference championship over the past two months.

Housley is a Hall of Fame defenseman who was selected by Buffalo in the first round of the 1982 draft.

2004 Season: Player Jason Botterill of the Buffalo Sabres. He's also played in 85 playoff games spread across 13 postseasons, scoring 13 goals and 56 points in those contests.

TSN's Darren Dreger also tweeted there are whispers former Islanders head coach Jack Capuano will join Housley as an assistant or associate head coach. With a rebuild still under way in Buffalo, the Sabres will now have to decide which direction they're heading in with decisions to make on players such as Evander Kane.

Phil Housley already has visions of the "brand" of hockey he will bring to the Sabres.