Ron Rolston has been hired as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, dropping the interim title he was given on Feb. 20. He becomes the 16th head coach in Sabres history.
“When we first brought Ron in as the interim coach that was the intention, to interview other candidates,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “As it progressed and seeing Ron’s interaction with the team, both as a teacher and a motivator … for me personally it became more and more evident that he was a very good fit not only for the present but for the future.”
Rolston was the only candidate considered for the job by the Sabres. He led Buffalo to a 15-11-5 record after being promoted from Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. The team began the season with a 6-10-1 start that led to the firing of Ruff, the longtime Sabres coach. Ruff spent 16 years as coach of the Sabres and 10 years as a player.