Murphy, Royce join scouting staff, Jakubowski named assistant GM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 4, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Rob Murphy and Greg Royce have been added to the team’s hockey department in the roles of director of scouting and director of amateur scouting, respectively. The team also announced that Mark Jakubowski has been named assistant general manager, serving under club general manager Tim Murray.

Jakubowski, entering his 10th year with the Sabres, spent the past six years as the assistant to the general manager and also served as director of hockey administration for one year. His responsibilities include salary cap analysis, contract research relating to player negotiations and arbitrations, managing player transfers, team roster administration, and all matters relating to compliance with the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and other NHL agreements. Jakubowski also assists with the American Hockey League hockey operations of the team’s minor league affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

Murphy joins the Sabres as director of scouting after four years as a pro scout for the Ottawa Senators and three years as a scout for the Phoenix Coyotes. After being selected in the second round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, the Hull, Quebec native appeared in 125 NHL games in seven seasons, recording 21 points (9+12) as a member of the Senators, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

Royce joins the Sabres as the director of amateur scouting and begins his 18th year as a member of an NHL scouting staff after spending the last six seasons as an amateur scout with the Ottawa Senators. Prior to his time with the Senators, Royce served as an amateur scout for three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and worked eight seasons with the Nashville Predators, including three as the Predators’ assistant director of amateur scouting. Prior to his scouting career, Royce served as head coach of the Quinte Hawks (MetJHL) for one season, coaching the team to a 34-13-3 record, and also served as head coach of the Wellington Dukes (MetJHL) for four seasons. A native of Belleville, Ontario, Royce played three seasons of OHL hockey as a member of the Belleville Bulls and Guelph Platers. He also played four years at Dalhousie University, and spent two years playing in Germany.


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