Sawchuk enjoyed playing for former Edmonton Oilers captain in Tri-City

Assistant coach Kelly Buchberger during an Edmonton Oilers practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2014. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

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Riley Sawchuk, 20, is too young to remember Kelly Buchberger as captain of the Edmonton Oilers, but did enjoy him as head coach of the Tri-City Americans.

Buchberger, a former Oilers assistant, took over the reins of the WHL club last season and led them to an 34-28-5-1 record and a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“It was good, he had a lot of coaching experience and he was really good with the guys,” Sawchuk said. “He knew how things went with younger teams and how it worked and we all loved him.”

Buchberger, 52, spent 17 seasons in the NHL before becoming a coach. He was an assistant with the Oilers for six seasons before moving on to the New York Islanders and then Tri-City.

“I knew of him, but didn’t really know too much about him,” Sawchuk said. “I’m from Prince Albert, so Dave Manson is from Prince Albert and I think they’re pretty good buddies and I’m good friends with Dave’s son. So we ended up talking and Dave was talking to him about me and things like that, so I kind of had an idea. I had never met him before, but I knew of him, so I think he had an idea who I was coming in from Dave.”

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