Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sabres Fire Ex Vipers Head Coach/GM Ferner:

The Buffalo Sabres have fired former Vernon Vipers Head Coach-GM Mark Ferner.

The Sabres named Ferner new amateur scout August 2019.

Ferner spent nine seasons in Vernon from 2007-2011 and 2014-2019. Ferner joined the Vipers in 2007 after spending the previous three seasons with the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers. After four years in Vernon, Ferner left the Vipers in 2011 for the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips. Ferner returned to Vernon in 2014 before his contract ended in 2019. 

Ferner's brother Keith played two season's in Vernon (1975-1977) with the Vernon Vikings.

Ferner was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in Round 10, 194th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Ferner spent seven years in the NHL with Buffalo, Washington, Anaheim & Detroit.

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In the end, the Buffalo Sabres fired 22 different people

June 17, 2020

By Ian Oland

Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres cleaned house after missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season and leaving one of its stars, Jack Eichel, “fed up.”

We knew the team fired General Manager Jason Botterill, members of the Sabres’ hockey operations staff, and the coaches and GM of its AHL team. But the full scope of the firings wasn’t realized until today.

According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, 22 members of the organization were fired in total. Seravalli described it as “a bloodletting that may be unprecedented in NHL history.”

The full list includes General Manager Jason Botterill, Assistant GM Randy Sexton, Assistant GM Steve Greeley, Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski, Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting Jeff Crisp, Amateur Scout Cory Banika, Amateur Scout Steve Cocker, Amateur Scout Mark Ferner, Amateur Scout Marcus Fingal, Amateur Scout Scott Halpenny, Amateur Scout Randy Hansch, Amateur Scout Tom O’Connor, Amateur Scout Ron Pyette, Amateur Scout Matt Tiesling, Amateur Scout Magnus Welin, Pro Scout John Van Boxmeer, Player Development Coach Krys Barch, Player Development Coach Mike Komisarek, Rehab and Development Dennis Miller, Rochester Americans Head Coach Chris Taylor, Rochester Americans Assistant Coach Good Dineen, and Rochester Americans Assistant Coach Toby Petersen.

Seravalli added that the firings could embolden other NHL teams, who are losing money due to the coronavirus pandemic, to fire some of their staff.

Recently, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, announced a 20 percent base salary reduction for employees making more than $75,000. The salary reduction will begin on July 12 and last until the end of the year.


Anonymous said...

Buffalo has really hit the proverbial " iceberg " , and has jettisoned staff " willy-nilly " . Ferns should land on his feet somewhere .

vipersdiehardfan said...

Will we see Ferner back in the WHL or BCHL?