BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Sabres announced Saturday that Pat LaFontaine has resigned his position as Director of Hockey Operations of the Buffalo Sabres to resume his previous role with the National Hockey League.
“I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization,” said Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, “Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as General Manager and Craig Patrick will continue as a Senior Hockey Advisor. As has been the case since I bought the team, we’ll continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild the organization and keep it on path towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
“Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition,” said Pat LaFontaine, “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive.”
News 4 reporter Elysia Rodriquez caught up with some fans at the First Niagara Center to hear their reactions to the news.