Long-time Sabres’ forward Matt Ellis has announced his retirement from both the NHL and AHL.
Though he spent most of his career with the Rochester Americans, Ellis was a great player who fans loved. They appreciated his work ethic even though he wasn’t one to put up points.
He was tough to beat along the boards and understood his role as a hockey player.
He’s been in the Sabres’ organization since 2008, and has stated his love for living in Buffalo. Now, he has accepted a position with the Academy of Hockey coaching staff.
“Staying in Buffalo was huge for me and my family,” Ellis said.
In 286 games with the Sabres, Ellis totaled 18 goals and 23 assists. He played for the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles before he came to Buffalo.
Thank you for everything, Matt!
Here’s his final goal he scored for the Sabres: