The interim label has been removed from the head coaching title of Ron RolstonBuffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced Tuesday morning that Rolston has been named the club’s head coach, assuming the role he has held on an interim basis since February 20, when he he was brought in to replace the fired Lindy Ruff.

Rolston, the 16th coach in club history, was 15-11-5 in his 31-game run as the interim head coach. Despite showing some tangible improvement in the second half of the season, the Sabres still missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs, finishing in 12th place in the eastern Conference, seven points behind the eighth-place New York Islanders.

Prior to joining the Sabres in February, he was the coach of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. In his two seasons as coach of the Americans, Rolston compiled a 63-44-17 regular-season record.

Before joining the Americans in 2011, Rolston spent seven seasons as head coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he became the first coach in American hockey history to lead the United States Under-18 team to three gold medals (2005, 2009, 2011) at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship.

 


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