Michael Leone Appointed as Head Coach of Rochester Americans

Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams and Rochester Americans general manager Jason Karmanos have announced the appointment of Michael Leone as the new head coach of the American Hockey League franchise.

Adams expressed his excitement about Leone joining the organization, highlighting his development mindset and professional versatility as key qualities that made him the ideal candidate for the position. Karmanos also welcomed Leone, praising his development background, game sense, and growth mindset.

Leone, who previously served as head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the Rochester Americans. He looks forward to working with the organization’s prospects to help them grow and succeed both on and off the ice.

With a successful coaching record at various levels, including his time with the NTDP and collegiate and professional teams, Leone is set to become the 34th head coach in the Amerks’ history. His coaching experience has been marked by significant achievements, such as leading the Gamblers to back-to-back 30-plus win seasons and playoff appearances.

A native of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Leone has also been involved in coaching at the international level, contributing to Team USA’s success in various tournaments. He brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record of player development to his new role with the Rochester Americans.

**Biography of Michael Leone:**

Michael Leone is a highly accomplished hockey coach with a proven track record of success at various levels of the sport. Born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Leone played college hockey at Western Michigan University before transitioning to a professional playing career in the ECHL and overseas.

After retiring as a player, Leone embarked on a coaching career that has seen him work with prestigious programs such as USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and various international teams. He has played a key role in developing numerous NHL Draft picks and has been instrumental in Team USA’s success in international competitions.

Leone’s coaching philosophy emphasizes player development and creating a winning culture within teams. His experience and expertise make him a valuable addition to the Rochester Americans organization, where he is set to lead the team to new heights of success.