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Jr. Coyotes trio moves closer to NHL dreams, selected in 2021 NHL Draft

July 28th, 2021

Three Arizona natives and Jr. Coyotes graduates became property of NHL teams during the 2021 NHL Draft, which was conducted virtually July 23-24. Forward Josh Doan (Scottsdale) went to the Arizona Coyotes in the second round (37th overall), while forward Matt Knies (Phoenix) was chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round as…

Varady back behind bench in Tucson, signs three-year deal to serve as head coach for AHL’s Roadrunners

July 7th, 2021

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has signed Jay Varady to a three-year contract to serve as head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “Jay is an excellent coach who led the Roadrunners to a Pacific Division title,” said…

Coyotes feel Tourigny is ‘right person to lead our team’ as new head coach

July 1st, 2021

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has signed André Tourigny to a three-year contract to serve as the club’s head coach. Tourigny becomes the 19th head coach in franchise history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “We are very pleased to name André as the new head coach…

After parting ways with Tocchet, Coyotes looking for new coach to ‘take us to the next level’

May 13th, 2021

Tom Landry, the legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once said, “There is only one winner in this league, and the rest are losers.” For over the past two decades in the desert, the then-Phoenix Coyotes and now-Arizona Coyotes appear to fit neatly into that category of underachievers. At a time when general manager Bill…

Opening up 2021 NHL season, Coyotes ‘created our own breaks,’ but lose in shootout to San Jose

January 15th, 2021

If there is one element facing the Arizona Coyotes in the 2021 NHL season, that would be identified as “a sense of urgency.” With a reduced 56-game game schedule and play solely within their own division, the Coyotes face a reduction of 26 contests from a regular NHL 82-game slate. That would mean the difference…

AHL’s Roadrunners had makings of Calder Cup favorites in ’19-20 season

September 11th, 2020

When the hockey world came to a sudden pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 edition of the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners was well on its way to placing its name among the best in franchise history. The Roadrunners, the top developmental affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, had recorded a 36-19-1-2…

Coyotes’ Stepan: ‘For us, it’s about the Stanley Cup’

July 16th, 2020

Patience. That is one quality pretty much absent from most professional athletes. Especially true in these uncertain times, perseverance is likely the one virtue holding the Arizona Coyotes, as well as the other NHL teams, somewhat together. While the wait to get back on the ice is excruciating, players are trying to make the best…

Coyotes ‘OK with that’ if NHL season has already ended

May 13th, 2020

When, or even if, the NHL schedule resumes, several scenarios are out there regarding how the remainder of the season could take shape. Does the schedule pick up from the point of the pause on March 12? To allow for positioning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, could a tournament be held? With 70 games already…

Jr. Coyotes grad, Vegas product Quinney makes NHL debut for Golden Knights

April 1st, 2020

Jason Zucker was born in California, raised in Las Vegas, and currently plays in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Once the Vegas Golden Knights came into the league in 2017, many wondered how long it would be until a Las Vegas native would play for his hometown team. That question was answered on Feb….

Coyotes need to play desperate, confident down stretch

March 13th, 2020

Consistency. Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet continues to pound that core value into the hockey souls of each one of his players. If there are key elements of the game upon Tocchet preaches, they are reliability and regularity. When speaking about the destiny of his club, Tocchet expands on being consistency and the ability to…