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Two teams for Nolan

Two teams for Nolan

Latvian national team coach signs with Buffalo

Published 27.01.2014 20:02 GMT+4 | Author Martin Merk
Two teams for Nolan
Ted Nolan will be back for a third year with the Latvian national team. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Ted Nolan, the head coach of the Latvian national team, will also coach the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and combine both jobs for the remainder of the season.

The Sabres, currently the NHL team with the fewest points, announced on Wednesday that Nolan will replace Ron Rolston. For the Canadian coach it’s a comeback after coaching the Sabres to a 73-72-19 record between 1995 and 1997.

The Sabres signed an agreement with the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LHF), where Nolan has been under contract since 2011, which enables him to coach both teams.

“Ted Nolan is still under contract with the federation until the end of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Nothing has changed. We have an agreement with Nolan and the Buffalo Sabres that he can combine both jobs,” said spokesman Maris Gorbunovs.

Nolan will continue to coach the Latvian national team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games when the NHL takes a break and during the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in May. After the end of the contract a new coach might be searched.

During the International Break in December when Latvia plays to exhibition games in Germany, Nolan will be replaced by his assistant coach Tom Coolen.

In Buffalo, Nolan will coach one of the biggest Latvian talents. Zemgus Girgensons plays his rookie season after having spent last season with the AHL affiliate Rochester Americans.


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