Spitfires assistant coach headed to the AHL

Mike Weber, with the Washington Capitals in 2016. Photo courtesy Michael Miller/Wikipedia.

An assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires will take his expertise to the professional hockey level.

The OHL club announced Thursday that assistant coach Mike Weber, a retired NHL defenceman, will be leaving the Spitfires to take an assistant coaching position with the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

“I’m excited for Mike to take the next step in his coaching career. He was a valuable asset to our staff and he will be missed,” said Spits head coach Trevor Letowski, who hired Weber in January 2018. “His enthusiasm and passion for the game were contagious for our entire group. Our organization prides itself on the development of not only our players but also our staff, so we are very proud of Mike and wish him the best of luck.”

Weber, a native of Pittsburgh, played his junior hockey with the Spitfires and Barrie Colts. He was drafted by the Sabres in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Weber played nine seasons with Buffalo and a portion of a season with the Washington Capitals. He scored nine NHL goals in his career for 53 points and amassed 437 penalty minutes.