He maintained a positive mindset, always was cordial with the media and was steadfast in his belief that building from the ground up was the proper approach. He stood by that philosophy after his team missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs four times in the previous six seasons, including two straight, and was engaged in a full-scale rebuilding effort.
Regier, who turns 56 on Nov. 27, won't be around to see the final product.
The Sabres are off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-15-1 and sit 30th in the League standings. A shootout victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday was the only way to keep from tying the worst home start in NHL history; the team is 1-8-1 at First Niagara Center.