BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – One day after the one-year contract extension to forward Marcus Foligno, the Buffalo Sabres announced that they have hired Tom Ward as an assistant coach and Adam Nightingale as video coach.
For the last 18 seasons, Ward spent his time as head coach of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys Prep team. He coached the squad to nine USA Hockey National Championships, served as the school’s director of hockey from 2004-2016, and took home 21 national championships. Among some of the players he coached include Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, and recently signed Sabres forward Kyle Okposo.
Nightingale was in charge of hockey operations and was the video coordinator for the Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) for four years. Nightingale also spent time as head coach of Shattuck-St. Mary’s for two seasons, coaching them to a National Championship in 2016. Nightingale was also the video coach for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada.
It will be interesting to see whether or not this is the end of signings in the 2016 offseason, or if General Manager Tim Murray isn’t finished yet.