Following the recent appointment of Adam Mair to the role of Director of Player Development for the Buffalo Sabres, the Rochester Americans found themselves with a gap to fill on their coaching staff.
Rochester Americans General Manager Jason Karmanos announced the newest Amerks assistant coach on Tuesday morning and the name might just ring a few bells.
We’re thrilled to announce an addition to our coaching staff: Michael Peca! pic.twitter.com/6gDoZsjOAE— Rochester Americans (@AmerksHockey) August 3, 2021
Peca, 47 years old, rejoins the Buffalo Sabres organization for the first time since the 1999-2000 NHL season, when he last played for the franchise.
Following his retirement following the 2008-09 NHL season, Peca spent time coaching the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and amassed a record of 69-28-11 in 108 games. Peca was also named the OJHL Coach of the Year in 2012-13.
After his stint as head coach, Peca moved up to General Manager of the Jr. Sabres and head coach of the Jr. Sabres 16U AAA / 15U AAA teams.
Peca moved back to the NHL for the 2020-21 season, serving as a player development coach for the Washington Capitals, mostly working with their players on the taxi squad.