Lindy Ruff was hired as coach of the Sabres on July 21, 1997:
Number 1 album: The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy
Number 1 song: "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Number 1 movie: Men in Black
Microsoft OS: Windows 95
Mac OS: OS 8 released on the 26th.
Video game consoles: Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64
Bruins coach: Pat Burns (Hired May 22)
Bruins top draft pick: Joe Thornton (1st overall)
Bruins coaches during Ruff's tenure: Pat Burns, Mike Keenan, Robbie Ftorek, Mike O'Connell, Mike Sullivan, Dave Lewis, Claude Julien
NHL Teams that had yet to play a game: Carolina Hurricanes (relocated from Hartford that offseason), Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2011), Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets, Winnipeg Jets (2011)
Number of Bruins Stanley Cups during Ruff's tenure: 1 (2011-2012)
Number of Sabres Stanley Cups during Ruff's tenure: 0
Brett Hull trolling during Ruff's tenure: amazing.