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Sabres add Hajt to coaching staff

The team also retains assistant coach Tom Ward for the upcoming season

Brayton Wilson
July 17, 2017 - 1:28 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres have rounded out the remainder of Phil Housley's coaching staff.

The team announced on Monday that they have hired Chris Hajt to join the coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Hajt, son of former Sabres defenseman Bill Hajt, had spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League affiliate. In the 2014-15 season, Hajt helped the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup championship. Hajt followed the team to Ontario, California, where he helped the Reign reach the playoffs in their first two seasons.

Hajt also spent time as an assistant coach with the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008 to 2014. In his time in Guelph, the Storm made the playoffs in all six seasons, and won the OHL championship in 2014.

The 39-year old had a couple of very brief stints in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers and the Washington Capitals. He combined to play six games with no points to his credit. In his 477-game career in the AHL, Hajt scored 20 goals and registered 91 points.

The Sabres also announced on Monday that they have retained assistant head coach Tom Ward for the 2017-18 season. Ward, 53, joined the Sabres last season under the leadership of Dan Bylsma. Ward had spent the previous 17 seasons as the head coach and director of hockey for the Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey program in Minnesota.

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