Ruff was a part of the Sabres organization for more than 24 seasons, including nearly 10 as a player. He was hired as Sabres coach in the summer of 1997 and his run behind the bench lasted more than 15 years before he was fired on Feb. 20, 2013.
"Just strange," Ruff said about returning. "Coming in and going to the other side. First guy you see is James the security guy. I got a big hug from James. It was nice. It is just an incredibly strange feeling."