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A source has told The News that the Buffalo Sabres have added Buffalo native and former Niagara University assistant Jerry Forton as an assistant coach.

Forton, a UB graduate, is an 18-year collegiate coaching veteran who served as an assistant last season at Harvard.

Forton began his coaching career as an assistant at Niagara in 1996 and stayed with the program for 13 years, helping the Purple Eagles reach three NCAA Tournaments. He worked with forwards and defensemen, oversaw recruiting, scouted opponents and assisted with game strategy while at NU.

He left Niagara in 2009 and worked for two seasons as an assistant at UMass Lowell before moving on to Harvard.