Sabers promote Appert to assistant coach, Gulati to video coordinator

The Buffalo Sabers have promoted Seth Appert to assistant coach and Amir Gulati to video coordinator, the team announced Monday.

The additions of Appert and Gulati add to the Sabres' coaching staff under head coach Lindy Ruff, joining returning assistants Mike Bales, Matt Ellis, and Marty Wilford; Video Coach Justin White; and on-ice rehabilitation and skating instructor Mike Ansell.

“One of my top priorities over the past few weeks has been finalizing the hiring and roles of the coaching staff,” Ruff said. “After speaking with Seth, he reiterated what I already knew – he is ready for this opportunity. As we move into next season, I am thrilled with the staff we have assembled, and the work has already begun to prepare for training camp and the entire season ahead.

Appert, 49, has served as head coach of the Rochester Americans since the 2020-21 season, compiling a record of 123-94-22-10 and leading the team to three consecutive playoff berths in that span. He guided Rochester to its deepest playoff run since 2003–04 last season, when the Amerks advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals against the eventual Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.

Current Sabers players who have developed under Appert's leadership include forwards Jack Quinn and JJ Peterka, both of whom were named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2021–22; goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen; and defenseman Mattias Samuelsson. Sabres' first-round picks Jiri Kulich and Isaac Rosen led Rochester in goals and points, respectively, this season.

“Seth should be extremely proud of the culture he has built in Rochester and the success he has had with it,” said Buffalo Sabers general manager Kevin Adams. “While his addition to the NHL coaching staff is a loss in Rochester, there is no doubt that he has earned the position. Under his leadership, the Americans have had tremendous results as a team, and he has also been instrumental in the development of several NHL players.

“We will immediately begin the search for his replacement in Rochester.”

Prior to joining the Americans, Appert spent three seasons as the head coach for the U.S. National Team Development Program and 11 seasons as the head coach for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Denver for nine seasons, where he won two national championships.

Internationally, Appert has won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2017 Under-18 IIHF World Championship, a silver medal in the same role the following year, and a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2018 Men's World Championship. ,

Gulati spent the last two seasons as Rochester's video coach. The Buffalo native previously served as video coach for the ECHL's Iowa Heartlanders.

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