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Report: Sabres hire ex-Harvard coach Forton as assistant

Aug 23, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT


The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly added a key piece to Ron Rolston’s coaching staff, hiring longtime NCAA bench boss Jerry Forton as an assistant head coach, according to the Buffalo News.

Forton, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Harvard, comes to the Sabres boasting a remarkably diverse resume. He was a former collegiate soccer standout at the University of Buffalo who later went on to coach the Bulls’ men’s soccer team and open his own law practice in the Buffalo area.

Forton then became the assistant coach of Niagara’s men’s hockey team in 1996-97, and stayed with the Purple Eagles for 12 years before moving to UMass-Lowell in 2009-10.

It’s not surprising Rolston went this route in selecting an assistant. The Sabres bench boss used to coach at Harvard himself — from 1999-2002 — and spent 12 years coaching in the NCAA before jumping to the AHL (Rochester) and, eventually, the NHL.

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  1. bufffalojoe - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    No more sabres post unless its of Darcy being fired!

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      If you promise not to post again until he’s fired, I’ll be very satisfied.

  2. warchief65 - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I really can’t anything about this move . Rolston is a good coach , but this is his really , first as a head coach on the league . If he stays the course , the Sabres will crawl out of the basement . What the question is , how much damage that Larry Quinn did to the team , when he was ” running ” the team into the ground . And , whether Vanek wants to stay here . They should trade Miller . They might get a second rounder , or two . I don’t think the rest of the league don’t think too highly of him as ” go to goalie ” .

  3. stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    There must be a bug in this organization. Kept Ruff for that long( he is a good coach) but the “shelf“ life was exceeded. Coaches never last that long, thats crazy.

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Ever hear of a guy named Barry Trotz?

      • stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Yessir. Theirs alot of ”powerbar inspections” going on/

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