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College coach Roque denies report that he's joining Sabres' staff

By John Vogl

Jim Roque, the head coach at Lake Superior State, has known Ron Rolston since at least 1990, when they were both assistant coaches at the college. They're friends but they are not co-workers again, Roque told The Buffalo News by phone today, refuting a report that he's set to become one of Rolston's assistants on the Sabres.

"I don’t know how that rumor got started," Roque said. "I feel bad that it’s out there. Ron and I are good friends, but he has not offered me any job and I have not pursued a job with him. I talked to him on the weekend to congratulate him, and that’s all I got going with Ron right now."

The Watertown Daily Times tweeted a report early this afternoon that Roque was leaving Lake Superior State to join Rolston's coaching staff. It was quickly retweeted by hockey writers, including TSN's Bob McKenzie, who has nearly 550,000 followers.

In addition to a season at Lake Superior State, Rolston and Roque also worked together at Clarkson.

"We’re good friends," Roque said. "There’s nothing been offered to me. I’m at Lake State. I haven’t talked to Ron about a job, either, with his staff."

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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