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2010-06-16 / Sports

Sabres coach, Clarence resident Lindy Ruff highlights Greater Buffalo 2010 Class

Buffalo Sabres head coach and Clarence resident Lindy Ruff leads 13 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s 2010 Class. The class was announced Tuesday, June 8, in the pavilion of HSBC Arena. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Buffalo Sabres head coach and Clarence resident Lindy Ruff leads 13 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s 2010 Class. The class was announced Tuesday, June 8, in the pavilion of HSBC Arena. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Buffalo Sabres head coach and Clarence resident Lindy Ruff headlines 13 new inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2010 class was unveiled Tuesday, June 8, in the pavilion of HSBC Arena.

Joining Ruff are Steve Christie, Darris and Rich Kilgour, Dr. Daniel P. Starr, Charlie Dingboom, Gail Maloney, Whitey Martin and George Breen.

Carl Roesch, George Vetter, Jimmy Goodrich and Buddy Rosar will join the Pride of Western New York – which honors Buffalo-area sports immortals posthumously.

It marks the 20th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 228.

After a 13-year NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, Ruff served as an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers for four seasons before returning to the Sabres in 1997 to become their head coach.

In his second season as head coach, Ruff led the 1998-99 Sabres to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 24 years. He achieved a club record that season for the most wins (14) in one playoff year. In the process, Ruff became only the third head coach under the present Stanley Cup playoff format to lead his team to the conference finals in each of his first two seasons.

Ruff is the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, having just completed his 13th year. He has a career record of 483-377-122, and his 483 wins is tops among all NHL coaches with their current team. Ruff is 17th all-time in NHL career wins and is the all-time winningest coach in Sabres history. He is also the Sabres all-time leader in playoff games coached (94) and wins (54).

The 2006-07 Sabres had their finest year under Ruff statistically with a franchise-record 53 wins and the first Presidents Trophy in club history. It was also the first time in franchise history the Sabres posted back-to-back 50-win seasons. Buffalo returned to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season, and the fourth time under Ruff’s guidance.

In 2006, the NHL awarded Ruff the Jack Adams Award as the league’s Coach of the Year. He has twice served as the head coach in the NHL’s All-Star Game. In 1999 he coached the world team, and he returned to the all-star game in 2007 to lead the Eastern Conference squad.

Induction ceremonies are scheduled for October at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency, but a time and date have not been finalized. For more information, visit www. gbshof. com.

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