WILIAMSVILLE,N.Y. - Former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has certainly left his mark on the Clarence community. Monday, Ruff was named the first annual "Sportsman of the Year" by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber had its 2013 Clarence Chamber Golf Classic during the day. Later at night, both Lindy and his son Brett attended a dinner that followed at the Westwood Country Club. There, Ruff was presented with the award.
Ruff currently lives in Clarence with his wife and kids. That's why this award was quite an honor to him. "My whole life has been Buffalo. I owe a lot to the city of Buffalo, the community of Clarence. My kids all grew up and were raised here and went through school. There's not many NHL coaches that can say that their kids went through one school."
Later, Ruff joked that the Clarence High School baseball team should be receiving the award with him for its accomplishments this season. The Red Devils advanced to the state tournament with a 13-1 win over Victor in the Far West Regionals. Along with the success of the team, pitcher Mark Armstrong was selected in the third round of the MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Currently, Ruff's future NHL coaching position is uncertain. He has not made an decisions yet with a new team. But one thing he did say he knows for certain is where his home is. Ruff said, "I think Clarence is a great place to live, I don't have any plans of moving. I might have to relocate short term for a while but my home will always be Clarence. I have no regrets on my playing career and I have no regrets on my coaching career but there is one thing I want to see Buffalo have and that's a Stanley Cup."
When asked about the future of his NHL coaching career and any possible teams he's spoke to, Ruff said, "No shop talk today, I'm not talking shop."