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Lindy Ruff

Head Coach

Named as the 19th head coach in team history on July 9, 2020…

Ruff is one of the most successful coaches in NHL history, ranking third in wins among active coaches and sixth all-time. He is also fourth among active coaches in games coached and seventh all-time. In parts of 19 NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres (1997-98 to 2012-13) and Dallas Stars (2013-14 to 2016-17), Ruff has compiled a career coaching record of 736-554-78-125=1,422 points (.561 points percentage) in 1,493 career regular-season games.

He has posted nine 40-plus win seasons, including a career-high 53 wins in 2006-07. In 2006, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach, and finished second in 2007 and third in 2016. In addition to an appearance in the 1999 Stanley Cup Final with Buffalo, he has posted a 66-54 record (.550 winning percentage) in 120 Stanley Cup Playoff contests.

He joins the Devils after spending the past three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers, working under Alain Vigneault (2017-18) and David Quinn (2018-19 & 2019-20). Ruff was responsible for working with the defensemen and over the past three years was integral in the development of young blueliners Tony DeAngelo, Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren.

Prior to his time with the Rangers, Ruff was Head Coach of the Dallas Stars for four seasons from 2013-14 through 2016-17. He took a team that was experiencing its longest playoff drought in franchise history at five years and brought them to the playoffs in his first season. He guided the Stars to a 50-23-9 record in 2015-16, and a first-place finish in the Central Division and top seed in the Western Conference. The 50 wins were the third-most ever in Dallas Stars history and Ruff was selected as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the third time. During his four-year stint in Dallas, Ruff's teams scored the second and fourth-most goals per season in team history and the Stars led the Western Conference/were second in the NHL in goals scored per game with 2.97 over that span. Young players who experienced success under Ruff include Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg and Jamie Benn.

Ruff started his head coaching career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1997-98, where he would have a long, illustrious stint. He spent 14-plus seasons in Buffalo, where he made the playoffs in eight of those years. He led the Sabres to four Eastern Conference Finals, including consecutive appearances in 2006 & 2007, and to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He is the franchise's all-time leader among head coaches in several categories, including games coached (1,165) and wins (571). During the 2005-06 season, Ruff steered the Sabres to a 52-24-6 record and in 2006-07, to a single-season franchise record of 53 wins and the club's first Presidents' Trophy. Those two seasons rank as the top two in wins in Sabres' history. He began his coaching career in 1993-94 as an assistant with the Florida Panthers where he coached current Devils General Manager, Tom Fitzgerald. He spent four seasons in Florida, through 1996-97, and was behind the bench for the squad that went to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals.

Ruff has extensive experience coaching for Team Canada both in head and assistant coaching roles. He served as Head Coach at the 2009 IIHF World Championship winning a silver medal and was also Head Coach in 2013. Ruff served as an Associate Coach for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, earning Gold Medals.

A left-shot defenseman during his playing days, Ruff skated in 691 career NHL games over 12 seasons, from 1979-80 through 1990-91, with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. He posted 105 goals and 195 assists for 300 points and 1,264 penalty minutes. Ruff was selected by Buffalo in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He finished his professional career with one season each in Rochester (AHL) and San Diego (IHL).

Ruff, 60, is a native of Warburg, Alberta. Lindy and his wife, Gaye, have two sons, Brett and Brian, and two daughters, Eryn and Madeleine.

Alain Nasreddine

Interim Head Coach for 2019-20 Season

Completed fourth season with Devils' organization; named to current position June 17, 2015…

Spent five seasons as an assistant coach under John Hynes with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…During that time, his defensive corps allowed the league's fewest goals on four occasions…In 2010-11, helped lead Baby Pens to AHL's Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as league's regular-season champions…A defenseman, 15-season professional playing career spanned from 1995-96 through 2009-10, and included more than 1,000 regular season games in the NHL, AHL, IHL and German Ice Hockey League…Selected by Florida in sixth round (135th overall) of 1993 NHL Entry Draft…Appeared in 74 NHL games with Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders and Pittsburgh…Helped lead WBS to 2004 and 2008 Calder Cup Finals and served as captain in 2004-05 and 2005-06…Born July 10, 1975 in Montreal, Que. and played junior hockey with Drummondville and Chicoutimi (QMJHL), winning the league title in 1993-94…Alain and his wife, Josiane, have three children: sons Alec and Loic, and daughter Kaelle.

Mark Recchi

Assistant Coach

Named assistant coach on September 8 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff…

Spent the previous three season as an Assistant Coach with Pittsburgh where he was responsible for the power play. In those three seasons, the Penguins posted a 131-78-24 record, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs each year. The Penguins were top-five in the League on the power play in two of his three seasons, including leading the League in 2017-18 with a 26.2% success rate. Their three-year mark of 23.8% ranked third over that span.

The 52-year-old joined the Penguins as a Development Coach in 2014-15, a position he held for three seasons before becoming Assistant Coach. Served in the role for Pittsburgh during their 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Championships. In that position, was responsible for working with the organization's young prospects in the minors, juniors and college. Prior to Pittsburgh, began his post-playing career as a Senior Advisor for Dallas (NHL) in 2013-14.

His 22-year NHL career included 1,652 games (sixth all-time), 577 goals (21st), 956 assists (5th), 1,533 points (12th), seven All-Star Games (1997 MVP) and three Stanley Cup Championships- 1991 with Pittsburgh, 2006 with Carolina and 2011 with Boston. In 189 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he scored 61 goals and 86 assists for 147 points. Spent most of his playing days in Philadelphia (602 regular-season games), and also skated for Pittsburgh (389), Montreal (346), Boston (180), Tampa Bay (62), Atlanta (53) and Carolina (20). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

A native of Kamloops, BC, brought home two gold medals for Canada- the 1988 World Junior Championship and 1997 World Championship, and skated in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Born February 1, 1968, Mark and his wife, Kim, currently reside in Pittsburgh. Mark has six children.

Rick Kowalsky

Assistant Coach

Completed first year as Assistant Coach at NHL level, named to current position, July 23, 2018…

Recently served eight seasons as head coach of AHL Devils; named to post August 10, 2010…Led franchise to back-to- back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17…Was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in January 2017…In 2015-16, the club had their most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award…Led club to 40-23-13=93pt (.612) mark in 2013-14 and franchise's first post-season appearance since 2010…Served four seasons as head coach of ECHL's Trenton franchise; received 2009 John Brophy Award as league's top coach… Returned to New Jersey's capital city after spending one year as an assistant to former Titans' Coach Mike Haviland with Norfolk (AHL); Admirals finished campaign with impressive 43-29-4-4=94pt mark…A right wing, professional playing career spanned 12 seasons and included six teams/two leagues in North America…Also saw action in two games with BISL's Cardiff Devils in 2000-01…Captained Titans to 2005 Kelly Cup Championship in final season as a player…Participated in 1995 and 2003 ECHL All-Star Games; served North team as captain in 2003…Totaled 221 goals and 329 assists for 550 points and 979 penalty minutes in 516 career regularseason ECHL games with Hampton Roads, Trenton and Roanoke…Served Express as player/assistant coach while compiling career-high 83 points in 2001-02…Made pro debut with Cornwall (AHL) in 1993- 94…Buffalo's tenth choice, 227th overall, in 1992 Entry Draft; did not see any action in NHL…Helped lead Sault Ste. Marie to back-to-back OHL Championships in 1991 and 1992; captained Greyhounds to 1993 Memorial Cup Championship…Born March 20, 1972 in Simcoe, Ont…Rick and his wife, Debbie, have three children: Dylan, Sydney and Ryan. 

Peter Horachek

Assistant Coach

Named Assistant Coach on December 3, 2019…

Horachek has spent the last 2 years on the Devils staff as a pro scout with his primary teams being (CAR, FLA, NSH, NYI, NYR, PHI, TBL, WSH, STL, CHI ) focusing on the Metro Division, its players and style of play.

Horachek, was named interim Head Coach by the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 7th 2015 and was later relieved of his duties at the end of the season on April 12th 2015. Prior to that he was named an assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 11, 2014. The Stoney Creek, Ontario native served as head coach of the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage at the beginning of the 2013-14 season before being appointed head coach of the Florida Panthers with 66 games remaining in the regular season (going 26-36-4 in the process). Prior to joining the Panthers organization, Horachek spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators (2003-2013), serving his last two years as associate coach. Over his coaching career, Horachek has also served as head coach for the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL, 2002-03), Trenton Titans (ECHL, 2001-02) and Orlando Solar Bears (IHL, 1999-2001), where he led the Bears to the 2001 Turner Cup.

As a player, Horachek spent 10 seasons as a forward in both the AHL and IHL, skating for the Rochester Americans (1979-80 to 1982-83), Flint Generals (1982-83 to 1984-85), Saginaw Generals (1985-86 to 1986-87) and Flint Spirits (1988-89). He also played three seasons of junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals.

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