Lindy Cameron Ruff

Lindy Cameron Ruff

Head Coach of the Buffalo Sabers
Date of Birth: 17.02.1960
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Lindy Cameron Ruff
  2. Early Career and NHL Playing Career
  3. Coaching Career
  4. Coaching Achievements and Current Status

Biography of Lindy Cameron Ruff

Early Career and NHL Playing Career

Lindy Cameron Ruff is a former National Hockey League (NHL) player and the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres team. He began his sports career with the NHL draft in 1979, where he was selected in the second round, thirty-second overall. Ruff played for teams such as the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers, quickly earning a reputation as a tough, stylish, and energetic player. One notable example of his playing style was during a match on May 10, 1980, against the New York Islanders, where he was knocked down by Islanders' goaltender Billy Smith but quickly got up and retaliated. Ruff spent the majority of his NHL player career with the Sabres, serving as the team captain for nearly three years.

Lindy Cameron Ruff

Coaching Career

In 1993, Ruff transitioned into coaching and became an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers until 1996. The team's highlight during this period was reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, but they were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche. On July 21, 1997, Ruff became the fifteenth head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. In his first season as head coach, the team reached the final of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The following year, Ruff led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals, but they were once again unable to secure victory, losing to the Dallas Stars. The next two seasons were less successful, with the Sabres being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2000 and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001. The team's playoff runs were cut short due to financial difficulties and bankruptcy within the NHL.

Lindy Cameron Ruff

After the resolution of the financial issues, Ruff guided the Sabres to the Eastern Conference playoffs final in consecutive seasons in 2006 and 2007. Unfortunately, they were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators, respectively. Ruff currently holds a unique record for the longest tenure as a head coach in the NHL. His initial three-year contract includes an option for an additional season. Known for his straightforwardness, Ruff has had notable interactions with the press, such as openly demanding the suspension of Darcy Tucker after a controversial hit resulting in a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Lindy Cameron Ruff

Coaching Achievements and Current Status

On April 5, 2006, Ruff became the 31st NHL coach to reach 300 wins, and the 16th to achieve this milestone with one team, the Buffalo Sabres. As of now, Ruff has accumulated 438 victories, placing him 19th on the NHL's list of winningest coaches. In terms of playoff games, he ranks 15th with 52 wins. Among all coaches with over 40 playoff wins, Ruff is sixth in winning percentage. In 2010, Ruff served as an assistant coach for the Canadian national team at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Lindy Ruff's coaching tenure with the Buffalo Sabres coincided with one of the team's most successful seasons, the 2006-07 season, where they earned 113 points.