Phillip Francis Housley (born March 9, 1964) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Housley was the head coach of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres from 2017 until 2019.
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 2015|
Housley coaching the Sabres in 2017
March 9, 1964|
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
6th overall, 1982|
Playing as a defenseman, Housley was drafted by the Sabres in the first round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and had a long and illustrious career playing for the Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto Maple Leafs. As a player, Housley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
Housley is the second leading scorer amongst American-born players, with 1,232 points (338–894). He held the record for most points by an American-born NHL player until Mike Modano surpassed it on November 7, 2007.
Housley never won the Stanley Cup, coming closest with the Capitals in 1998, where they were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Detroit Red Wings. At the time of retirement, Housley had played more NHL games without winning the Stanley Cup than any other player in NHL history until the retirement of Shane Doan in 2017.
On January 21, 2000, Housley played in his 1,257th NHL game, the most ever at the time by an American, breaking the record held by Craig Ludwig. Housley went on to play in 1,495 NHL games. He held the record for games played by an American-born player for nearly seven years, until it was broken, on November 24, 2006, by Chris Chelios.
Housley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 9, 2015. On February 7, 2007, he was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, commemorated in a pre-game ceremony with former head coach Scotty Bowman on hand.
From 2004 to 2013, Housley coached high school hockey at Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minnesota, helping to rebuild the program to respectability. From 2013 to 2017, Housley was an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators, working primarily with defensemen.
On January 5, 2013, Housley coached Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World U20 Championship in Ufa, Russia. He had served as an assistant coach on Team USA's 2007 and 2011 appearances in the World Juniors.
On June 15, 2017, it was announced that Housley was hired by the Buffalo Sabres as their new head coach. He led the Sabres to a 31st-place finish in his first season and saw the Sabres attain a 10-game winning streak early in his second season before the team collapsed down the stretch. Housley was fired by the Sabres after the 2018–19 season on April 7, 2019.
Housley grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Karin Housley, a Minnesota state senator and Republican nominee for the 2018 special election for United States Senate in Minnesota. The Housleys have four grown children and reside in St. Marys Point, Minnesota.
Career playing statistics
Regular season and playoffs
|1980–81||South Saint Paul||HS-MN||18||28||26||54||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||St. Paul Vulcans||USHL||6||7||7||14||6||10||5||5||10||0|
|1981–82||South Saint Paul||HS-MN||22||31||34||65||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||St. Louis Blues||NHL||26||7||15||22||12||4||2||1||3||4|
|1995–96||New Jersey Devils||NHL||22||1||15||16||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0|
Head coaching record
|BUF||2017–18||82||25||45||12||62||8th in Atlantic||Missed playoffs|
|BUF||2018–19||82||33||39||10||76||6th in Atlantic||Missed playoffs|
Awards and achievements
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Cup of Hockey|
|1996 World Cup of Hockey|
|2002 Salt Lake City|
- 1984 Canada Cup (fourth place)
- 1987 Canada Cup (fifth place)
- 1996 World Cup of Hockey (first place)
- Ice Hockey World Championships: 1982 (eight place), 1986 (sixth place), 1989 (sixth place), 2000 (fifth place), 2001 (fourth place), 2003 (13th place)
- IIHF World U20 Championship: 2013 (Head Coach - Gold Medal)
- 2013 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships (Assistant Coach- Bronze Medal)
- June 7, 1982 - Buffalo Sabres 1st round draft choice (6th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
- June 16, 1990 - Traded by the Buffalo Sabres, along with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker and Buffalo's 1990 1st round choice (Keith Tkachuk), to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Dale Hawerchuk and Winnipeg's 1990 1st round draft choice (Brad May).
- September 23, 1993 - Traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Nelson Emerson and Stéphane Quintal.
- July 4, 1994 - Traded by the St. Louis Blues, along with St. Louis' 1996 2nd round draft choice (Steve Bégin) and St. Louis' 1997 2nd round draft choice (John Tripp), to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Al MacInnis and Calgary's 1997 4th round draft choice.
- February 26, 1996 - Traded by the Calgary Flames, along with Dan Keczmer, to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux.
- July 22, 1996 - Signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals.
- July 21, 1998 - Claimed on waivers by the Calgary Flames from the Washington Capitals
- September 28, 2001 - Claimed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks from the Calgary Flames
- March 11, 2003 - Traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Toronto's 2003 9th round draft choice (Chris Porter) and Toronto's 2004 4th round draft choice (Karel Hromas).
- List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame
- List of NHL statistical leaders
- List of NHL players with 1000 games played
- List of NHL players with 1000 points
- "Arizona Coyotes hire former Sabres head coach Phil Housley as assistant". Arizona Sports. June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
- "Arizona Coyotes to hire former Sabres coach Phil Housley as assistant". azcentral. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
- "Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov selected to Hall of Fame; nine Red Wings players from 2002 are in". mlive.com.
- "HOUSLEY TOOK FIRST STEPS TOWARD HOCKEY HALL WHILE WITH THE SABRES". NHL.com.
- Vogl, John (June 15, 2017). "Sabres hire Phil Housley as coach, bring back piece of history". The Buffalo News. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- LaBarber, Jourdon (June 15, 2017). "Get to know Sabres coach Phil Housley". NHL.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Bove, Matt (June 15, 2017). "Bove: Housley – the perfect fit for the Sabres". WKBW. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Phil Housley named head coach of Buffalo Sabres". NHL.com. June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Sabres relieve Housley of coaching duties". NHL.com. April 7, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- Blackburn, Peter (April 7, 2019). "Buffalo Sabres fire coach Phil Housley one day after he said he expected to be back with team". CBSSports.com.
- "Housley joins Coyotes as assistant". NHL.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
- "The thoroughly modern marriage of Phil and Karin Housley". The Buffalo News. November 23, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- "Minnesotans Phil and Karin Housley make sports and politics mix". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Phil Housley's U.S. Olympic Team bio
|Awards and achievements|
| Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
| Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres