Buffalo Sabres hire Phil Housley as coach

South St. Paul Native Phil Housley Lands Buffalo Sabres Head Coaching Job

South St. Paul Native Phil Housley Lands Buffalo Sabres Head Coaching Job

Housley is a Hall of Fame defender who spent His 23-season career split between the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Fast forward 35 years, he's now the franchise's head coach.

Phil Housley started his National Hockey League playing career in Buffalo and now his first head coaching job will be there, too. Botterill was the Penguins assistant GM and forced to leave the team during its playoff upon being hired by the Sabres last month.

"We're over that now", Housley said, with a big laugh.

The Buffalo Sabres finished with the worst record in the Atlantic Division last season.

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A member of the Buffalo Sabres, USA Hockey and IIHF Halls of Fame, Housley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

FILE - In this September 18, 2015, file photo, Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley instructs players at NHL hockey training camp in Nashville, Tenn. "It's just about learning the system, learning the way we want to play".

The 53-year-old former Stillwater High School coach, Housley spent the past four years in Nashville, earning praise for running one of the NHL's top defense corps. Prior to that, he coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship. His 1,232 career points (338 goals, 894 assists) rank third among American players and fourth among defensemen all-time.

It was fitting that Thursday also marked Housley's 32nd wedding anniversary with his wife Karin. "Happy anniversary.' So it was a great present".

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