The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has named Matt Ellis director of player development.

Career Highlights:

  • Played in 356 NHL games during his nine-year career for the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings.
  • Spent the last four seasons working for the Academy of Hockey in LECOM Harborcenter, where he served as a development coach before being named director in September 2019.
  • Served as the head of coaching for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres beginning in April 2018. During his time with the organization, Ellis also coached several teams ranging from the 9U to 13U levels.

“The traits that made Matt a successful NHL player are the same ones that have made him successful in player development in the years since.

It’s evident through his thorough planning and execution that Matt is passionate about developing young talent and our players will benefit from his approach to the game.”

– Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams

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