Having never attended college let alone taught a class, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff wasn't familiar with the tweed jacket dress code favored by some professors.
''I went with the track suit,'' Ruff said, with a chuckle. ''You know: the coach's uniform.''
That's fine, because this wasn't your conventional course he was teaching.
Season or no season, Ruff and the rest of the team's 100-or-so employees went back to school last month to attend what was called ''Sabres University.'' It featured a series of courses spread over two weeks to help everyone better appreciate how the entire operation works, and to boost morale during the ongoing NHL lockout.
The courses ranged from ''The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media,'' to ''The Scouting Process,'' headed by general manager Darcy Regier. There was a seminar from the ice-making crew in detailing techniques required to create a s...