BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of the club’s assistant coaches.
Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, where he helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup Championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.
The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native and son of Sabres alumnus Bill Hajt also served as an assistant coach for the Guelph Storm (OHL) from 2008 to 2014. During his time in Guelph, the team made the playoffs in all six of his seasons and won an OHL championship in 2014. A former defenseman, Hajt played six NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, adding 91 points (20+71) in 477 career AHL contests.
The team also announced that assistant coach Tom Ward will return for the 2017-18 season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Tom Ward as assistant coach and Adam Nightingale as video coach.
Ward joins the Sabres after spending the last 18 seasons as head coach of the Shattuck St. Mary’s Boys Prep team. Under Ward’s tutelage, the Boys Prep team captured nine USA Hockey National Championships and finished as runners-up once. Ward also served as the school’s director of hockey from 2004 to 2016, during which time the school won a total of 21 National Championships.
Among his previous experience, Nightingale was the director of hockey operations and video coordinator for the Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) for four years. In addition to his time with the Spartans, Nightingale served as head coach of the Shattuck St. Mary’s Boys Bantam team for two seasons and led the team to a National Championship in 2016. Internationally, Nightingale was the video coach for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.