ROCHESTER, NY – The process of cleaning house continues for Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill. The Sabres General Manager announced the team has fired Rochester Americans head coach Dan Lambert.
“I would like to thank Dan for his hard work and contributions to our organization during the last two seasons and I wish him the best in the future,” Botterill said in a news release. “I felt this was the right move for both the Sabres and Amerks and we will begin the process of searching for a new head coach immediately.”
Lambert coached the Americans for one year and was the 31st coach in franchise history. Lambert’s coaching record during the 2016-17 campaign with the Americans was 32-41-0-3, they finished sixth in the North Division and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Before joining the Americans as Head Coach, he was an Assistant Coach with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2015-16 year. Lambert also coached the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League with a record of 53-13-6 including a Western Conference title during the 2014-15 season. He was an assistant with Rockets from 2009-14.
Lambert played professional hockey for 19 seasons ranging from the NHL, AHL, IHL (International Hockey League) as well the DEL League in Germany. He was drafted in the sixth round 106th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL draft.
He logged in 29 games for the Nordiques in 1989 registering 15 points with six goals and nine assists. He also played in 614 combined AHL/IHL Games with Fort Wayne, Halifax, Moncton, San Diego, and Los Angeles. He registered 474 points with 120 goals and 354 assists during throughout the years.