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The last photo of Dan Bylsma as coach of the Sabres?

It's no secret that deposed Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma is an avid fisherman. He grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, cultivating a hobby that accompanied him to Western New York.

Photos of Bylsma on fishing excursions crossed our Outdoors desk with some frequency during his two-plus years in Buffalo.

The one below was taken Tuesday, the day before General Manager Tim Murray met with owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Both Murray and Bylsma were dismissed on Thursday.

The picture, included in this week's Catches of the Week gallery, shows Bylsma (lower right) with Shawn Schott of Grand Island, Dave Arnts of Buffalo and Tom Ward of Buffalo (a Sabres assistant coach) with a cooler of perch. The four were fishing with Capt. Jim Hanley of Angola.

Bylsma's love of fishing was detailed in a column by Outdoors writer Bill Hilts Jr. that appeared just last month.

WNY fishing has Sabres Bylsma feeling right at home


The local fishing economy will suffer if Bylsma returns to his native Michigan. On the other hand, that means there will be more fish for the rest of us.

Dan Bylsma, pictured with a steelhead caught in Canadaway Creek.


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