Amerks add Peca as assistant coach

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Former Buffalo Sabers captain Michael Peca has been named assistant coach for the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Peca replaces Adam Mair, who was recently appointed director of player development for the Sabers.

“Michael brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, and will be a huge asset to our Rochester coaching staff,” said Jason Karmanos, Amerks general manager. “He will play an essential role in developing our prospects, and we look forward to his direct impact on our company.”

Peca, 47, spent the 2020-21 season as a player development coach with the Washington Capitals, working primarily with the players on the taxi squad.

Prior to joining Washington, Peca served as general manager and director of hockey operations for the Buffalo Jr. Sabers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for five years after serving as the team’s head coach for two seasons from 2012 to 2014.

As a player, Peca began his professional rookie season in Syracuse, scoring 34 points in 35 games at AHL’s Crunch in 1994-95. He spent 15 years in the NHL with Vancouver, Buffalo, the New York Islanders, Edmonton, Toronto and Columbus, played in 864 games and twice won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL Outstanding Defensive Forward. Peca, who led the Sabers to the Stanley Cup final in 1999 and returned to the final with the Oilers in 2006, was also a member of the Canadian gold medal team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

In 2016, Peca was the honorary captain of the AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse.

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