A staple of high school and youth hockey in the region for the past three decades, Bob Rosen was today named as the 28th recipient of the J. Michael Duffett Award, presented annually to the coach whose contributions to amateur hockey in Western New York “best exemplifies the knowledge, teaching, love of the game and gentle humanity of Mike.” Rosen was presented with the award prior to the Buffalo Sabres-Philadelphia Flyers game at First Niagara Center.
Rosen has been a valuable member of the Amherst Youth Hockey Association for 30 years, leading his teams to four national championships during this time. In 1987-88, Rosen’s Amherst Junior “B” squad went 40-0-0, posting USA Hockey’s first undefeated season at that level.
For the last 23 years, Rosen has also served as the head coach of the Williamsville North varsity team. Throughout his tenure, the Spartans have captured four state titles, including an undefeated season in 2011. A two-time NYS Coach of the Year winner, Rosen is the active leader for most wins by a high school coach in New York State.
Rosen also served as an assistant coach at Canisius College for five years, coached the New York State team at the 1988 Hockey USA Select-17 National Tournament, and has been involved in the annual the Bowman Cup Showcase event for seven of the past nine years
In 1984, the Buffalo Sabres established the J. Michael Duffett Award in his memory. Mike was a student of the game and a coach with the Buffalo Bisons and the Amherst Hockey Association. A standout player at Nichols School and Clarkson College, he was working in the Sabres hockey department under Scotty Bowman and Roger Neilson at the time of his death after a long battle with cancer.