Former Ponies Hockey Coach Phil Housley Named Head Coach of Buffalo Sabres

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Former Stillwater Area High School boys hockey coach Phil Housley has been named head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

Housley was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (6th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft. He went on to play 21 seasons in the NHL, and be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Housley’s 1,232 career points (338 goals and 894 assists) rank third among American players and fourth among defensemen all-time.

He is also the Sabres’ career and individual-season leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman, according to Each of his eight seasons in Buffalo rank among the top 10 single-season point totals by a Sabres defensemen.

Housley coached the Ponies boys hockey team for nine years, before taking an assistant coaching position with the Nashville Predators in 2013. As an assistant coach, Housley helped lead the Predators to the franchise’s first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.