It's official! The Buffalo Sabres have a new head coach.

The Sabres have hired former defenseman Phil Housley. Housley was most recently the assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.

"Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head coach and to help us achieve our organizational goals,” said Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill. “His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing and we're excited to see where his leadership will take us in the future."

Housley was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1982 and played 21 seasons in the NHL.

The Sabres' are holding a press conference at 4:00 p.m. today. You can watch it LIVE on