Where Are They Now? Pat LaFontaine

A major shakeup with the personnel of the Buffalo Sabres front office included two former members of the New York Islanders.

On Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres fired General Manager Darcy Reiger and Head Coach Ron Rolston and replacing them are Pat LaFontaine as President of Hockey Operations and Ted Nolan as Head Coach. I profiled Ted Nolan earlier this year which you can read here and as far as LaFontaine who this profile will focus on, here is what he has been up to prior to being hired by the Sabres.

Pat LaFontaine’s career in the NHL was from 1983-1998 where he played for the Sabres, Islanders, and Rangers during that time. He began his career with the Islanders having played on Long Island from 1983-1991. He then spent the next 6 years with the Sabres before his final season the 1997-1998 campaign with the Rangers. For his NHL career he played in 865 games scoring 468 goals and 545 assists.

After his playing career, LaFontaine was recognized in April 2003 with the International Humanitarian Award by the Gift of Life Foundation, an organization promoting the cure and treatment of children suffering from heart disease in third world countries. That same year he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame and had coached youth hockey in Kings Park, NY.

Then the current position of Pat LaFontaine was announced this week when he was hired by the Sabres to take over as President of Hockey Operations. This is the first time he has been involved with an NHL franchise since he resigned from his position in 2006 as a Senior Advisor to Islanders owner Charles Wang. He resigned when former General Manager Neil Smith was fired in July of that year. That is the same year that Ted Nolan was named Islanders coach who now works for LaFontaine in Buffalo.  (Photo Credit: Sabretooth’s House/Flickr)

The former Islanders LaFontaine and Nolan return to the Nassau Coliseum for the first time in their new positions with the Sabres on March 15th. They will also bring along with them Matt Moulson who will also return to Long Island for the first time that night.

-John Santamaria

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