Sabres name Phil Housley next head coach

South St. Paul Native Phil Housley Lands Buffalo Sabres Head Coaching Job

The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday announced the team hired Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history. The Predators hired Housley in 2013 after he coached the US world junior team to a gold medal and earned a bronze as an assistant for the men's world championship squad.

The 53-year-old former Stillwater High School coach, Housley spent the past four years in Nashville, earning praise for running one of the NHL's top defense corps. He went on to play eight seasons in Buffalo, ranking fifth in team history in points (558) and games played (608). Housley's career spanned until the 2002-03 season.

P.K. Subban, a former Norris Trophy victor who just finished his first season with the Predators, raved about Housley to NHL.com last month.


Most recently, starting in 2013, Housley served as an assistant coach of the Nashville Predators, helping lead them to their first Stanley Cup appearance.

"We've got a lot of good players on this team", Housley said. "His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing and we're excited to see where his leadership will take us in the future". He's also played in 85 playoff games spread across 13 postseasons, scoring 13 goals and 56 points in those contests. His 1,232 career points (338 goals, 894 assists) rank third among American players and fourth among defensemen all-time.

Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley is returning to Buffalo after being hired by the Sabres to be their next head coach. Though Botterill was mostly a minor-league journeyman, he and Housley both played for the Calgary Flames from 1999-2001. The 53-year-old is the Sabres' franchise leader in almost all offensive categories for a defenseman.

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