May 7, 2013 / 5:15 PM / 5 years ago

Sabres appoint Rolston as head coach after interim stint

(Reuters) - Ron Rolston was appointed head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, having filled the role on an interim basis after long-time coach Lindy Ruff was fired in February.

Buffalo Sabres interim head coach Ron Rolston (top) reacts to a penalty during the second period of their NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Buffalo, New York April 11, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Previously in charge of Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, Rolston becomes the 16th head coach for the Sabres after guiding the team to a 15-11-5 record in 31 games since replacing Ruff.

The 46-year-old also spent seven seasons as head coach with USA Hockey’s national team development program and led the U.S. under-18 team to gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Buffalo finished fourth-last in the Eastern Conference with a 21-21-6 record, missing the playoffs for the second straight year and fourth time in six seasons.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue

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