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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Ted Sator

(Born November 18, 1949) -- The hockey career of Ted Sator took all sorts of odd stops; it was anything but conventional.

Sator played college hockey at Bowling Green and turned pro ... for three games. A knee injury while playing for the Long Island Ducks of the Eastern League ended any dreams Sator might have had in that sense.

So he turned to coaching in 1982. After some time in Sweden, Sator landed an assistant’s spot in Philadelphia and was hired by the Rangers as head coach. Sator helped New York reach the conference finals in 1986 but was fired the following season after a 5-12 start.

Sator was hired by the Sabres in 1986. He coached them for two seasons, getting Buffalo just over the .500 mark both times. But he couldn’t win a playoff series, and he had trouble getting along with some players. Sator was replaced by Rick Dudley in 1989.

Sator was an assistant coach with several NHL teams, and served as the head coach of the New Orleans Brass for five years starting in 1998. He’s served in a wide variety of roles over the years, including a stint as coach of Hungary’s national team.

--- Budd Bailey

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