Clarence native Kevyn Adams, will be named the Buffalo Sabres associate coach today, NHL sources confirmed to The News Tuesday night.
Adams has been the player development coach for the Sabres for two seasons.
Adams replaces Brian McCutcheon, who had been a member of head coach Lindy Ruff's staff since 2000, including the last five as associate coach. The Sabres announced in June that McCutcheon would not return for the 2011-12 season.
As player development coach, Adams' duties included working with players on individual skills through on-ice drills and off-ice video sessions.
Adams, who for years spent his hockey offseasons in Chautauqua Lake, was hired by the Sabres shortly after Christmas in 2009 and began as an administrative assistant before his role was outlined under the title of player development coach.
Adams played for six NHL teams during a 14-year professional hockey career. During the 2005-06 season, Adams set a career-high in goals (15) and was an assistant captain in helping leading the Carolina Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup.
Adams began a near-annual parade of Western New York native players to recently win the Cup. He was followed by Williamsville's Todd Marchant (Anaheim, 2007), East Amherst's Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh, 2009) and Buffalo's Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2010).
A first round pick by the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Adams also played for Toronto, Columbus, Florida, Phoenix and Chicago. In 540 career NHL games, Adams collected 136 points on 59 goals and 77 assists.