Sabres welcome Bryan Trottier, Arturs Irbe to coaching staff

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Head coach Ted Nolan will have newly hired Bryan Trottier and Arturs Irbe joining the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff for next season.

Trottier will serve with Danny Flynn and Tom Coolen as assistant coaches for the Sabres.

Irbe will be the team’s new goaltending coach.

Nolan said, “I’m very happy with the group of talented hockey minds we were able to assemble for our coaching staff.”

Trottier is a seven-time Stanley Cup winner, including six as a player with the New York Islanders (1980-1983) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1991 and 1992).

He played 18 seasons in the NHL and had 1,425 points (524 goals, 901 assists) in 1,279 games.

Tottier was an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1993-94 to 1996-97) and the Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

Completing his coaching resume is a stint with the New York Rangers in 2002-2003 stacking up a 21-26-7 record.

Irbe played for 13 years as a goaltender for the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes.

He helped the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final and represented his nation, Latvia, twice in the Olympics (2002 and 2006).

Irbe became the goaltending coach for the Washington Capitals in 2009-2011.

In the 2013 IIHF World Championship, Irbe worked with Nolan as an assistant to coach Latvia.

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