Phil Housley of Saint Paul, Minnesota has been named the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Housley returns to Buffalo after playing there as a defenseman from 1982 to 1990.
Housley has four years of coaching experience with the Nashville Predators. This past year he was part of the Predators franchise that went to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. Nashville lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
Housley is one of seven American head coaches in the National Hockey League at the moment. He joins Peter Laviolette of the Predators (Franklin, Massachusetts), John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Boston, Massachusetts), Jeff Blashill of the Detroit Red Wings (Detroit, Michigan), John Hynes of the New Jersey Devils (Warwick, Rhode Island), Doug Weight of the New York Islanders (Warren, Michigan) and Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Marshfield, Massachusetts).
A Hockey Hall of Famer during his prestigious playing career, Housley played 1495 National Hockey League regular season games with the Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He had 338 goals and 894 points for 1232 points. His best season came in 1992-93 with the Jets when he had 18 goals and 79 assists for 97 points.
A seven-time all-star, Housley's 1232 points is the second most amongst National Hockey League players. The only other player with more points is Mike Modano with 1374 points.