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Sabres get their (unknown) man for Rochester

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is reporting there is an 11 a.m. news conference tomorrow at Blue Cross Arena to announce the Sabres have named Ron Rolston as the new head coach of the Rochester Amerks.

What's that you say? Ron Who? That was my reaction too.

Rolston, 44, has never been a pro coach so this seems like a risky hire on the surface. But he's hardly a neophyte either. He has been the coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program the past seven years and has been an assistant coach at big-name college programs such as Lake Superior State, Clarkson, Harvard and Boston College. The Sabres want to continue to develop young talent and Rolston certainly appears to have the resume to do that.

Rolston is the older brother of longtime NHL player Brian Rolston.

He interviewed earlier this month for the head job at Western Michigan University. He has twice coached the U.S. team in the World Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal in 2007.

5:40 update: Philadelphia Flyers star James van Riemsdyk has tweeted his congratulations to Rolston.

---Mike Harrington



Rochester Amerks | Sabres | Sabres coaching
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