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Sabres pay tribute to Phil Housley with video during his return

Phil Housley received a warm welcome from the fans during his first game in Buffalo since being fired as head coach of the Sabres in April.

Housley, now an assistant coach with the Arizona Coyotes under Rick Tocchet, was honored with a tribute video on the scoreboard above center ice during the first period Monday night inside KeyBank Center. He waved to the crowd after receiving a round of applause.

Housley was drafted sixth overall by the Sabres in 1982 and played 608 regular-season games during his eight years with the team. He was hired as coach prior to the 2017-18 season and could not lead the Sabres back to the playoffs. Housley was dismissed in April after guiding his former team to a 58-84-22 record over two years.

The Sabres won 10 games in a row under Housley last November, only to finish 27th in the National Hockey League.

The Hall-of-Fame defenseman scored 338 goals among 1,232 points in 1,495 regular-season games during his career.

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