Former Buffalo Sabres Player Now an Assistant Coach at Canisius College
It's always special when former Buffalo Bills or Sabres players decide to make Buffalo home after their playing career, or better yet, take on jobs that give back to the sport they love and the Western New York community.
If you watched the Sabres during the mid-to-late 2000s, then you likely remember forward Daniel Paille (better known as Danny Paille).
Paille was drafted in the first round (20th-overall) by the Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
He played his first Sabres games during the 2005-2006 season and eventually became a full-time Sabre player during the 2007-2008 season.
Paille was traded to the Boston Bruins two weeks into the 2009-2010 season and played the next six seasons with the Bruins before ending his NHL career with the New York Rangers.
Paille is now back in Buffalo and was officially promoted to assistant coach of Canisius College men's hockey.
Paille has spent two years with Canisius as a development coach for the forwards.
Paille thanked head coach Trevor Large and Canisius for giving him the opportunity.
"I'd like to thank Trevor and Canisius College for this new opportunity in a full-time position," Paille said. "Working with this group for the past two seasons has been tremendously rewarding and I look forward to reuniting with this program this season as we work towards achieving our goals."
Paille scored 35-career goals with the Sabres and 85 in his entire NHL career, which was 582 regular-season games.
I remember Paille best as a young player on those post-lockout Sabres teams when they were very good. It was a sad day when he was traded to Boston, but it's beyond cool that he's now coaching at Canisius College.