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Sabres hire Botterill as general manager

The Buffalo Sabres have has hired Jason Botterill to be the team’s general manager.

An 11-year veteran of NHL front offices, Botterill joins the Sabres after spending the last 10 seasons as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, where he played an integral role in building the roster of two Stanley Cup champion teams (2008-09 and 2015-16).

In his most recent post as associate general manager, Botterill was involved in scouting, player development, contract negotiations and salary cap management. He also served as general manager of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2009-10 to 2016-17, guiding the team to two division titles and eight consecutive Calder Cup Playoff appearances.

Botterill joined the Penguins as their director of hockey administration in July 2007 after serving as a scout for the Dallas Stars in 2006-07. He was later promoted to assistant GM in 2009 before becoming the associate GM in 2014.

A native of Edmonton, Alta., Botterill won three gold medals with Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996; won a national championship at the University of Michigan in 1996; and was a Calder Cup champion with the Saint John Flames in 2001.

Botterill played 270 games in the American Hockey League with Saint John and Rochester during his eight-year professional career.