Darcy Regier is embarking on his 15th year as General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres, the longest tenure of any GM in the 40-year history of the franchise. Regier’s 14th campaign as GM saw the Sabres finish seventh in the Eastern Conference with a record of 43-29-10. The Sabres have posted a regular season record of 526-390-150 under Regier’s guidance, while also advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999 and making four Eastern Conference Finals appearances (1998, 1999, 2006 and 2007). Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff form the longest-serving GM/Coach combination in pro sports, and have had more success than any tandem in franchise history.
Regier and his scouting staff have had tremendous prosperity at the NHL Entry Draft in recent years. Last season, 18 of the 31 players on Buffalo’s roster were acquired through the Entry Draft and had spent some time with the team’s AHL affiliate. This included Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek and 2010 Calder Trophy winner Tyler Myers. Vanek was selected fifth overall in 2003, while Roy (32nd) and Pominville (55th) were drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 Draft. All three are locked up to long-term contracts – with Pominville being the elderstatesman of the group at just 28. In addition, Vezina Trophy winner and 2010 Winter Olympic MVP Ryan Miller is entering the third season of a five-year contract that will keep him in the blue and gold through the 2013-14 season.
Buffalo’s roster also includes several other players who were drafted in the first or second round since Regier’s first draft in 1997, including: Myers (1st, 2008) and the last two AHL Rookies of the Year: Luke Adam (2nd, 2008) and Tyler Ennis (1st, 2008).
Regier’s staff has also done a solid job in the later rounds, with veterans like Miller (5th, 1999) and Paul Gaustad (7th, 2000), to youngsters such as 2009 AHL Rookie of the Year Nathan Gerbe (5th, 2005) who have already made an impact in the organization.
Prior to joining the Sabres, Regier served in roles with the Islanders as: Director of Hockey Administration, Assistant Coach, and Assistant General Manager. While on Long Island, he supervised the club’s amateur development, and saw their International Hockey League affiliate win back-to-back championships (Denver Grizzlies in 1994-95 and then, after moving to Salt Lake City, the Utah Grizzlies in 1995-96). Legendary Islanders’ coach Al Arbour, along with Bill Torrey, who served in roles as General Manager, President, Chairman of the Board, and Consultant with New York, were significant contributors to Regier’s career in hockey. Regier left the Islanders organization briefly in the 1991-92 season to serve as an assistant coach with the Hartford Whalers.
Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Regier was the fifth choice (77th overall) of the California Golden Seals in the 1976 Amateur Draft. He appeared in 26 NHL games over the course of three seasons with the Cleveland Barons and the New York Islanders, totaling two assists and 35 PIM. Regier played parts of eight seasons of professional hockey and was a member of three championship teams. In 1982, he was named a First Team All-Star with Indianapolis (IHL), where he learned from one of the people he considers an influence on his hockey life, current Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano, then the team’s GM.
During his playing career, Regier was also involved in the early setup of the Professional Hockey Players’ Association.
Darcy and his wife, Katherine, reside in Clarence and have three sons: Jonathan, Justin, and Jarrett.