Hous­ley hires Hajt as as­sis­tant

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

BUF­FALO, N.Y. — Buf­falo Sabres rookie head coach Phil Hous­ley has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of his as­sis­tants.

Hajt spent the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons as an as­sis­tant coach for the Los An­ge­les Kings’ Amer­i­can Hockey League af­fil­i­ate, in­clud­ing the 2014-15 Calder Cup cham­pion Manch­ester Monar­chs. Hajt is a for­mer de­fence­man, ap­pear­ing in six NHL games split be­tween Ed­mon­ton and Wash­ing­ton, and 477 ca­reer AHL games.

The 39-year-old is the son of for­mer NHL de­fence­man Bill Hajt, who was Hous­ley’s team­mate in Buf­falo in the 1980s.

The Sabres also an­nounced that as­sis­tant coach Tom Ward has been re­tained. Ward spent the past two sea­sons as an as­sis­tant un­der Dan Bylsma, who was fired in April.

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