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McKee to be named Amerks aide

The Rochester Amerks will be holding a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Blue Cross Arena to announce that former Sabres defenseman Jay McKee and Chadd Cassidy, a former assistant with the U.S. National Developmental Team, will be named the team's assistants to new head coach Ron Rolston.

McKee, who turns 34 on Sept. 8, is one of the most beloved defensemen in Sabres history and most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach at Niagara University. He played 802 NHL games, closing his career with Pittsburgh in 2009-10. McKee played 24 games over parts of three seasons with the Amerks, and played with the Sabres from 1995-2006.

He served as a key member of the blueline on the 1999 Stanley Cup finalists and a stalwart on the 2006 Eastern Conference finalists, although he's probably most remembered for the most famous staph infection in Buffalo history, the leg problem that caused him to miss Game Seven at Carolina. Any Sabres loyalist will tell you they would have won that game and the Stanley Cup that season had McKee been able to play.

Cassidy served under Rolston the last five years with the U.S developmental squad.  he also spent four years as head coach at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid and time as an assistant at Cortland State (his alma mater) and Potsdam State.

---Mike Harrington


ex-Sabres | Rochester Amerks
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