Complete List Of Buffalo Sabres Head Coaches In Order

List Of Buffalo Sabres Head Coaches In Order

Complete List Of Buffalo Sabres Head Coaches In Order presents a team first established in 1970. The Buffalo Sabres have left an indelible mark on the NHL tapestry. With a passionate fan base, the Sabres have showcased exceptional talent, both on the ice and behind the bench. The city of Buffalo has seen a series of coaching maestros, each bringing their distinct style, expertise, and vision to the rink. Let’s delve into the chronicle of these individuals who have been at the helm of the Sabres, guiding them through thick and thin.

1 – Punch Imlach (1970-1972)

Born in 1918 in Toronto, Ontario. Imlach played for the Quebec Aces (1945-1949). He also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs (1958–1969, 1979–1980).

2 – Joe Crozier (1972-1974)

Born in 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Crozier didn’t have an NHL playing career. He also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs (1979-1980).

3 – Floyd Smith (1974-1977)

Born in 1935 in Perth, Ontario. Smith played for the Boston Bruins (1954–1955), New York Rangers (1955–1961), Detroit Red Wings (1961–1965), Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–1970), and Buffalo Sabres (1970–1972). He didn’t coach any other NHL teams.

4 – Marcel Pronovost (1977-1978)

Born in 1930 in Lac à la Tortue, Quebec. Pronovost played for the Detroit Red Wings (1950–1965) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1965–1970). He also coached the Chicago Black Hawks (1978-1980).

5 – Billy Inglis (1978-1979)

Born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario. Inglis played for the New York Rangers (1958–1967). He didn’t coach any other NHL teams.

6 – Scotty Bowman (1979-1987)

Born in 1933 in Montreal, Quebec. Bowman didn’t have an NHL playing career. He also coached the St. Louis Blues (1967–1971), Montreal Canadiens (1971–1979), Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–1997), and Detroit Red Wings (1993–2002).

7 – Ted Sator (1987-1989)

Born in 1949 in Rome, New York. Sator didn’t play in the NHL. He also coached the New York Rangers (1985-1986).

8 – Rick Dudley (1989-1991)

Born in 1949 in Toronto, Ontario. Dudley played for the Buffalo Sabres (1972-1975) and Cincinnati Stingers (WHA) (1975-1979). He also coached the Florida Panthers (2003-2004).

9 – John Muckler (1991-1995)

Born in 1934 in Midland, Ontario. Muckler didn’t play in the NHL. He also coached the Edmonton Oilers (1990-1991) and New York Rangers (1997-2000).

10 – Ted Nolan (1995-1997, 2013-2015)

Born in 1958 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Nolan played for the Detroit Red Wings (1979-1982) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1983-1985). He also coached the New York Islanders (2006-2008).

11 – Lindy Ruff (1997-2013)

Born in 1960 in Warburg, Alberta. Ruff played for the Buffalo Sabres (1979-1989) and New York Rangers(1989-1991). He also coached the Dallas Stars (2013-2017).

12 – Ron Rolston (2013)

Born in 1966 in Fenton, Michigan. Rolston didn’t have an NHL playing career. He didn’t coach any other NHL teams.

13 – Dan Bylsma (2015-2017)

Born in 1970 in Grand Haven, Michigan. Bylsma played for the Los Angeles Kings (1995–2000) and Anaheim Ducks (2000–2004). He also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-2014).

14 – Phil Housley (2017-2019)

Born in 1964 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Housley played for the Buffalo Sabres (1982–1990), Winnipeg Jets (1990–1993), St. Louis Blues (1993–1996), Calgary Flames (1996–1998), New Jersey Devils (1996), Washington Capitals (1997–1998), Chicago Blackhawks (2001–2003), and Toronto Maple Leafs (2003). He didn’t coach any other NHL teams.

15 – Ralph Krueger (2019-2021)

Krueger was. born on August 31, 1959, in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. Krueger joined the Edmonton Oilers as an associate coach in 2010. In 2012, he was promoted to the head coach position. However, he was let go after just one lockout-shortened season (2012-2013).

16 – Don Granato (2021 -present)

Born in 1967 in Downers Grove, Illinois. Don didn’t play in the NHL. Before taking the helm of the Sabres, Granato served as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues (2005-2006), Chicago Blackhawks (2017-2019), and was also head coach for the USA National Team Development Program (2011-2013).

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