The Buffalo Sabres have announced the hiring of Davis Payne as associate coach. Payne becomes the first hire to Phil Housley‘s coaching staff. The 46 years old, was a one-time head coach the St. Louis Blues from 2009 to 2012.
Payne has been an assistant for the Los Angeles Kings for the past five season’s under recently fired Darryl Sutter. He was part of the Kings when they won the Stanley Cup in 2014. He will primarily work with the forwards and offensive strategies in conjunction with Head Coach Phil Housley.
Payne was drafted in the 7th round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft out of Michigan Tech by the Edmonton Oilers. He played a total of 22 games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. Just one of his stops was an assistant and head coach of the American Hockey League‘s (AHL), Peoria Rivermen back in 2007-2010 the NHL St.Louis Blues affiliate at the time. To see his complete bio: click here.