Reign’s Hajt hired by Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of the club’s assistant coaches.

Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Stothers for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate. He helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup championship in 2014-15, and reached the postseason twice with the Ontario Reign, including winning a Pacific Division title in 2015-16.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native and son of Sabres alumnus Bill Hajt also served as an assistant coach for the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm from 2008 to 2014. During his time in Guelph, the team made the playoffs in all six of his seasons and won an OHL championship in 2014.

Hajt, 39, was a second-round draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 1996 and played 477 games in the AHL with Hamilton, Portland and Lowell. He also appeared in six NHL games with Edmonton and Washington.