Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff reaches an NHL milestone tonight by coaching in his 750th NHL game. Ruff becomes the 31st coach in NHL history to reach the 750-game milestone, and is ninth on the list of games coached for one team, with all 750 coming in Buffalo. Ruff is also among nine active coaches who have reached the 750-game milestone.
The top five all-time leaders in games coached are: former Sabres coach Scotty Bowman, 2141; Al Arbour, 1606; Dick Irvin, 1449; Pat Quinn, 1318 and Mike Keenan, 1235.
Currently the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, this is Ruff’s 11th year with the Sabres after being hired as the 15th head coach in team history on July 21, 1997. Ruff has compiled a record of 363-294-92 and with his 363 he’s wins tops among all NHL coaches with their current team. Ruff is also eighth overall among active coaches in wins, and 40th all-time in NHL career wins.
Ruff, the all-time winningest coach in Sabres' history, has a .591 playoff winning percentage and is the Sabres' all-time leader in playoff games coached (88), and wins (52), surpassing Scotty Bowman's mark of 18 wins (set over five seasons).
Ruff and Sabres GM Darcy Regier also form the longest-tenured GM/head coach tandem among the four major professional team sports. Both Regier and Ruff joined the Sabres organization in 1997. During their tenure the Sabres have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals four times in the past 10 seasons, joining Colorado (5) and Detroit (4) as the only teams with four or more Conference Finals appearances since 1997.