The Buffalo Sabres have added another assistant coach to the roster. Today the team announced that Jerry Forton will be joining the ranks of assistant coaches under Ron Rolston – joining NHL veterans Joe Sacco and Teppo Numminen.
Forton will join the team and begin his position immediately. Forton comes to the team with plenty of NCAA hockey experience, as he has served on the benches behind college players for the past 18 seasons. He has spent time with Harvard, UMass Lowell, and Niagara University.
Coach Rolston on Jerry Forton:
“Jerry brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to our staff. His work ethic, grit, and passion for Buffalo Sabres hockey makes him a perfect fit and great addition to our staff.”
On top of his collegiate work that included a 13 year tenure with the Niagara Purple Eagles, Jerry has served as a presenter, head coach, and evaluator at USA Hockey festivals. During his time with the Purple Eagles the Division 1 hockey club won four conference regular-season championships, four tournament titles, and posted a Division 1 record for home unbeaten streak at 23 games. The Purple Eagles were ranked in the top 20 Division 1 teams in the nation six of their 11 D-I seasons.
Obviously with the young talent another collegiate level coach will help foster the youth on the Buffalo Sabres – with the presence of Joe Sacco and Teppo Numminen there for the NHL experience.
Welcome to the team Coach Forton.