Former Buffalo Jr. Sabres General Manager and Head Coach Michael Peca (File photo By Timothy T. Ludwig / OHJL Images) was named an Assistant Coach by the NHL’s New York Rangers today.
Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has named Phil Housley Associate Head Coach, and Dan Muse and Peca Assistant Coaches.
Peca worked with the Jr. Sabres youth organization from 2011-20. He was General Manager of the Jr. A Sabres in the Ontario Junior Hockey League from 2011-19 and Head Coach from 2012-14. He also coached the club’s U15 and U16 AAA teams.
Peca spent the last two seasons with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, serving as an assistant coach. His coaching at the pro level began when he was a member of new Ranger Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s staff in 2020-21 with the Capitals where he was a player development coach.
The Toronto native skated in over 850 NHL games over 14 seasons between the Canucks, Sabres, Islanders, Oilers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets, where he tallied 465 points (176G-289A). He captained the Sabres to a Stanley Cup Final in 1999. Peca is a two-time winner (1996-97 – BUF, 2001-02 – NYI) of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”