A rough start this season by the Buffalo Sabres led to the firing of longtime coach Lindy Ruff.
Ruff, 53, was the longest-tenured active coach in the NHL, having been hired in July 1997, and the second-longest serving coach with one team in North America after Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.
The Sabres confirmed Ruff's dismissal Wednesday via Twitter.
Buffalo has a 6-10-1 record in the strike-shortened season and is 3-7-0 in its past 10 games, including a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday night when the home fans booed the Sabres. Buffalo's 13 points are the fewest in the Northeast Division.
Under Ruff, the Sabres reached the conference finals four times and the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999. His career regular-season record is 562-452-84.
The team has yet to announce a replacement. The Sabres' next game is Thursday night against Toronto.