Knox Family on Sabres Shake-Up

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 12:34 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 12:34 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Seymour H. Knox IV - worked for the Buffalo Sabres for 20 years. His father, Seymour H. Knox III -- and uncle -- founded the Sabres in 1970.

He says when he heard that two of the most well-known figures from the team's past are coming back to the Sabres, he found it fitting that the Knox era would continue to shape the future of Buffalo hockey.

Former Sabres Head Coach Ted Nolan is back in the same role and former team Captain Pat LaFontaine becomes President of Hockey Operations.

"I am very ecstatic for Pat and Ted," Knox said.

"I think it's a very exciting opportunity for Pat. And a great opportunity for Ted Nolan. And Ted will do a great job and I think Patty will do a great job as well."

Knox, who worked with the fired Darcy Regier, said the outgoing general manager had a great run and should be proud of his accomplishments with the team.

"Certainly the 17 years he was with the club - he's a wonderful person - he's got a wonderful family and has been a mainstay for the franchise through really four different ownership groups," he said.