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SABRES HIRE LaFONTAINE AS PRESIDENT OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS, NOLAN AS INTERIM HEAD COACH

Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston relieved of duties with team

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 13, 2013) — Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula today announced that Pat LaFontaine has been hired to serve as President of Hockey Operations for the team. Pegula also announced that Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston have been relieved of their respective duties. Ted Nolan has been hired as the team’s interim head coach and the Sabres have retained the remainder of the coaching staff.

LaFontaine joins the Sabres after beginning the season as vice president of development and community affairs for the NHL. He will work with Assistant General Manager Kevin Devine on day-to-day hockey operations while conducting the search for the Sabres’ next general manager.

LaFontaine enjoyed an illustrious 15-year career, including six seasons with the Sabres, before retiring from the NHL in 1998 as the second highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history with 468 goals and 1,013 points in 865 games. Today, he ranks sixth among all Americans in goals and ninth in points, and his 1.17 points-per-game average ranks 11th among the 79 1,000-point scorers in NHL history.

He had a career year for Buffalo in 1992-93 when he set Sabres records for points (148) and assists (95) in a season. After being sidelined by a knee injury for most of the 1993-94 season, he returned as team captain in 1994-95 and was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey. LaFontaine played with the Sabres from 1991-1997, finishing with 385 points (158+227) in 268 games with the team.

Nolan re-joins the Sabres after coaching the team to a 73-72-19 record in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, a stint during which he became the franchise’s first Jack Adams Award winner following a first-place Northeast Division finish in 1996-97. Nolan later spent two seasons as head coach of the New York Islanders, guiding the Islanders to a 74-68-21 record during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

Nolan began his NHL coaching career as an assistant coach for the Hartford Whalers in 1994-95 after building a successful resume in junior hockey that culminated with a Memorial Cup win in 1993-94 in his sixth and final season as head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL). Prior to his coaching career, Nolan tallied 22 points (6+16) in 78 NHL games as a member of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Post-Game Report: 11/12 vs. LAK

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Kings (11-6-1) 1 0 1 0 0 2 45
Sabres (4-15-1) 0 1 1 0 1 3 17

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres earned their third shootout win (3-for-3) and first home win of the season.
  • Ryan Miller made 43 saves (plus two in the shootout) to earn the victory. Miller now owns sole possession of the NHL record for most career shootout victories (46).
  • Cody Hodgson scored twice, logging his fifth career two-goal game. Matt Moulson (0+2) had his sixth multi-point game in 18 outings this season.
  • Moulson improved to 11-for-18 (61.1%) in career shootout attempts with his shootout goal tonight. It was his fifth game-deciding goal.
  • The Sabres overcame a 28-shot deficit to win tonight. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this tied the mark for the second-largest deficit in a Sabres victory (others: 3/29/88at QUE and 2/9/13 at NYI). The all-time record was a 31-shot deficit (7-5 W at BOS, 3/21/71).

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston

Sabres forward Steve Ott

Sabres forward Cody Hodgson

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter

Kings forward Dustin Brown

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens

Post-Game Report: 11/2 vs. ANA

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Ducks (11-3-1) 0 3 3 6 29
Sabres (2-13-1) 0 1 2 3 17

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Cody Hodgson (1+1) and Matt Moulson (0+2) each had two points tonight. Hodgson now has 12 points (5+7) in his last 14 games. Moulson has 12 points (7+5) in his last nine games.
  • Johan Larsson recorded his first NHL point with an assist on the Sabres’ third goal.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged a career-high 20:18 time on ice.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston

Sabres forward Cody Hodgson

Sabres forward Corey Tropp

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers

Ducks forward Corey Perry

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf

Post-Game Report: 10/28 vs. DAL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Stars (5-5-1) 3 1 0 4 29
Sabres (2-11-1) 1 2 0 3 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Matt Moulson scored two goals and tied for the team lead with four shots in 19:48 of ice time in his Sabres debut.
  • Moulson now has eight points (7+1) in seven career games against the Stars.
  • As of the end of the game,  Moulson was in a five-way tie (Crosby, Stamkos, Marleay, Hertl) for fourth-most goals in the NHL (8).
  • With Moulson scoring on his first shot in a Sabres uniform, the Sabres now have six players on their roster who scored on their first shot with the team: Moulson (10/28/13 vs. DAL), Zadorov (10/23/13 vs. BOS), Girgensons (10/2/13 at DET), McBain (10/8/13 vs. TBL), Ott (1/20/13 vs. PHI), Leino (10/7/11 vs. ANA).
  • The Sabres lost a regular-season game to the Stars in Buffalo for the first time since Oct. 7, 1997, Lindy Ruff’s first home game as head coach of the Sabres.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller

Sabres forward Steve Ott

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff

Stars forward Erik Cole

Stars forward Tyler Seguin

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen

Post-Game Report: 10/23 vs. BOS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Bruins (5-2-0) 1 2 2 5 34
Sabres (1-8-1) 0 2 0 2 16

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Nikita Zadorov scored his first career goal, becoming the second-youngest player in Sabres history to score a goal. The youngest was Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 54 days) on Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford.
  • With his goal, Cody Hodgson has now recorded points in seven of his last nine games (3G, 5A).
  • After recording an assist tonight, Thomas Vanek has recorded 57 points (29+28) in 50 career games against the Bruins, third-most among active NHL players (Jagr-90, Alfredsson 70).

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston

Sabres forward Steve Ott

Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller

Bruins head coach Claude Julien

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug

Bruins forward Milan Lucic

Bruins forward Jarome Iginla