Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres have removed the interim tag from Ron Rolston and named him the head coach on a full-time basis.
Rolston had taken over behind the bench on Feb. 20 after Lindy Ruff was fired. He guided the Sabres to a record of 15-11-5 in 31 games after being promoted from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester and had Buffalo in the playoff hunt until the final week of the season.
In two seasons at Rochester, Rolston led the Americans to a mark of 63-44-17.
Rolston, the older brother of recently retired NHL player Brian Rolston, spent seven seasons as head coach with USA Hockey's national team development program. He became the first coach in U.S. history to lead the Under-18 team to three gold medals at the Under-18 IIHF world championship.
Ruff had been the longest-tenured coach in the NHL before his dismissal. A former player for the Sabres, he amassed a 571-432-78-84 record in his 15 seasons and directed the team to the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals in his second year at the helm.