Housley: 'Want to play with an attacking mindset'

Read what the Sabres' new coach had to say from his introductory press conference on Thursday

June 15, 2017 - 4:33 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting


After nearly two months of waiting and searching for a new head coach, the Buffalo Sabres have finally found their new bench boss.

Phil Housley was introduced as the 18th head coach in Sabres history on Thursday, and returns to the city where he started his Hall of Fame career. Here are some of the most notable things he said from his press conference down at the KeyBank Center:


On the way he wants to operate his gameplan:

"I want to play with an attacking mindset. Playing with speed, playing with pace, but it has to be a five-man attack."

"We're not going to be reckless with defensive liabilities, but we want our defense involved in the play. That's going to be a process."

"One of the things I have learned in patience. We want to win and we're going to be competitive."

On his memories of Buffalo:

"The people of Buffalo are very passionate about their team. And if they see an honest effort they are going to support you."

"People don't realize how pumped I am to be back here."

On getting his team ready for game action:

"Our practices are going to be very high tempo. That's where you learn the skill is in those practices. The games will be easier because your prepared that way."

On building a relationship with the players:

"I want to be rubbing shoulders with the players. I understand what they are going through and that's one of the strengths I have."

"The relationship with players and the communication is an important part of coaching."


You can listen to the entire press conference below:

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