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Lindy Ruff

Born:February 17, 1960Draft:1979 Sabres, 32nd overall
Hometown:Edmonton, AB, CANPosition:Defense
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Lindy Cameron Ruff (born February 17, 1960) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach who is the head coach for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ruff was previously the head coach of the Dallas Stars of the NHL, and also the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres from 1997 to 2013, with whom he won the Jack Adams Award in 2006. During his playing career, Ruff played in the NHL for the Sabres and New York Rangers, the former of which he captained.

Ruff was an assistant coach for the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team.

Years as a NHL player: 1978-91

Years as a NHL coach: 1993-present

Lindy Ruff New Jersey Devils
Lindy Ruff, New Jersey Devils (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Lindy Ruff Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 7, 1989Buffalo SabresNew York RangersFifth-Round Pick 1990
(Richard Smehlik)

Deeper Dive

Coaching History

  • 1993-97 Florida Panthers NHL Asst. Coach
  • 1997-13 Buffalo Sabres NHL Head Coach
  • 2008-09 Canada World Championships Head Coach
  • 2009-10 Canada Olympic Games Asst. Coach
  • 2012-13 Canada World Championships Head Coach
  • 2013-14 Canada Olympic Games Asst. Coach
  • 2014-15 Dallas Stars NHL Head Coach
  • 2017-20 New York Rangers NHL Asst. Coach
  • 2018-19 Canada World Championships Asst. Coach
  • 2020-21 New Jersey Devils NHL Head Coach


  • 2005-06 Jack Adams Award Winner
  • 2006-07 Jack Adams Award Finalist
  • 2008-09 World Championship Silver Medal
  • 2009-10 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2013-14 Olympic Gold Medal
  • 2018-19 World Championship Silver Medal