ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Former Sabres Adam Mair and Mike Weber round out the Amerks new coaching staff, helmed by Seth Appert. The new assistant coaches each have ties to Rochester as well.
Mair spent the first 18 games of the 2019-2020 AHL season as an interim assistant coach in Rochester. He helped the Amerks reach a 12-3-1-2 record and sit atop the North Division. He has served for the last five seasons as a player development coach with the Sabres, traveling back and forth to Rochester.
“The development aspect is so in line with coaching with mentorship and building relationships,” said Mair. “This past year getting the opportunity to be on the bench full time, to be on the ice every day with the players really confirmed the passion I sought out. Being on the bench is the best way for me to help the team, the players and help them develop in the best manor.”
Weber was drafted by the Sabres in 2006 and made his pro debut with the Amerks in the 2007-2008 season. He spent almost the entirety of his playing career in Buffalo. Most recently, Weber was an assistant coach in the Ontario Hockey League, but says his heart never left the Sabres organization.
“You want to play and coach in places that matter and there’s no bigger place in my opinion than Western New York where it matters the most,” said Weber. “You put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into building something in Buffalo as a player. I’m extremely excited at the opportunity Seth and Kevyn have given me here to come back and be a small piece to the solution.