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Buffalo Sabres hire former player, Hall of Famer as coach

The Sabres have hired Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Sabres are reaching into their past to find their head coach of the future.

The team has hired Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history.

He will be officially introduced Thursday afternoon at the KeyBank Center.

Housley comes from the Nashville Predators, where he was an assistant coach for the last four seasons.

The hall of fame defenseman played eight seasons with the Sabres, from 1982 to 1990.

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