Bowman Names Schoenfeld as Coach
Saying “I’ve had my fill of coaching,” Buffalo Sabre General Manager Scotty Bowman, the National Hockey League leader in career coaching victories, named veteran NHL defenseman Jim Schoenfeld to replace him as coach of the team Tuesday.
Bowman, who through four decades as an NHL coach led his teams to 718 wins and five Stanley Cups, said, “I feel as a coach I’ve reached the level I want to reach.”
The 32-year-old Schoenfeld, the Sabres’ youngest coach, has little coaching experience, having started last season with the Sabres’ Rochester Americans farm team.
His Rochester team won 11 straight games at the start of the season and went 17-6-2 before he was called up to Buffalo as a player.
He was replaced at Rochester by former Sabre defenseman John Van Boxmeer, who the Sabres announced will remain in that position.