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Ex-Amerks coach Dan Lambert hired by Spokane of WHL

It didn’t take long for Dan Lambert to land another job.

Less than two weeks after being fired as coach of the Rochester Americans, Lambert is headed back to the Western Hockey League. The Spokane Chiefs hired him as head coach Monday and will formally introduce him Tuesday.

“We are extremely excited to bring a person of Dan’s caliber into our organization,” Chiefs General Manager Scott Carter said. “He fits well with our organization’s philosophy of bringing in good character people with a family-first mentality.

“As a coach, he checks all the boxes. We went through a very thorough, patient search process and got the best coach available. Dan is the perfect fit for our group to take them to the next level.”

Lambert spent two seasons in the Sabres’ organization, leading the Amerks this year after serving as Dan Bylsma’s assistant in Buffalo in 2015-16. The Amerks went just 32-41-3 under Lambert, and new GM Jason Botterill fired him May 26. Botterill is interviewing coaches for Buffalo and Rochester.

Dan Lambert fired as coach of Rochester Americans

Lambert jumped onto the Sabres’ radar after coaching Kelowna of the WHL to a 53-13-6 record in 2014-15.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the players and working with the young talent,” Lambert said. “We’re going to grow and improve together, and I’m excited to get started.”

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