It turns out that when new Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma was in Kelowna as a guest coach in March, he was informally checking out Dan Lambert to fill an opening on staff.
On Monday, Lambert, who was the Western Hockey League coach of the year after guiding the Kelowna Rockets to a championship as a first-year head coach, joined Bylsma with the Sabres an assistant coach. It's a bit of a shocker this Lambert's tenure is over in a flash, but the two have that type of rapport.
"I don't think that anybody anticipated this was going to happen after my first season as head coach," Lambert told CBC Radio reporter Josh Pagé. "I think it was a bit of a surprise to [Rockets general manager and president] Bruce [Hamilton] but in saying that he was very supportive and understood that we all have aspirations in life. Mine is I want to be the best coach that I can be."
Lambert was just the Rockets' fourth head coach since the turn of the millennium, with each one having delivered a WHLRead More »from WHL's Kelowna Rockets lose Dan Lambert to Buffalo Sabres