Bob Janosz enters his sixth season as goaltending coach for the Rochester Americans organization, a role he previously held for four years with the Amerks from 2006 to 2009 before re-joining the team prior to the 2011-12 campaign. After working in the same capacity with the Florida Panthers for the 2010-11 season, Janosz was hired by the Buffalo Sabres, being named to the position on August 31, 2011.
Janosz, 35, oversees the on-ice training, development and overall progress of the goaltending prospects within the Sabres system. Under Janosz’s guidance last season, Amerks goalie David Leggio was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player by his teammates after leading the American Hockey League in saves and posting a record of 28-24-2 to help lead Rochester to a playoff berth.
During his previous stints with the team, Janosz also worked as a video coach and a strength and conditioning coach at various times. Most recently, Janosz has worked as an Eastern Regional Development Scout for USA Hockey and as an assistant goaltending coach for the Florida Panthers. He also runs the Janosz School of Goaltending, conducting camps throughout New York State. Several of the goalies who have attended his camps have gone on to professional and collegiate careers.
Prior to his coaching career, Janosz, a native of Elma, NY, enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Canisius College in Buffalo, posting a record of 27-28-9 while making more than 2,000 saves in 70 games during his four-year career (1995-99) with the Griffins. He went on to play two seasons of professional hockey from 1999-01, spending one year with the Muskegon Fury of the UHL and one with the Arkansas RiverBlades of the ECHL. He finished his professional career with a record of 23-18-8 with a 3.02 goals-against average and a. 911 save percentage.