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Coyotes Announce Changes to Hockey Operations Department

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that Assistant Coach Newell Brown and Tucson Roadrunners General Manager Doug Soetaert have been relieved of their duties. In addition, the Coyotes will not renew the contracts for pro scouts David MacLean and Jim Roque. The Coyotes will immediately begin a search to replace these positions. 

"I'd like to thank Newell, Doug, David and Jim for their contributions to the club," said Chayka. "They are all good people but we believe these changes are necessary in order to improve our organization. We wish them the best in the future."

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Keller's Brief NHL Stint Should Serve Him Well

Rookie Clayton Keller played three NHL games late in the season

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Clayton Keller's time with the Coyotes this season was brief, but invaluable.  

Keller played in three games for Arizona, which chose him seventh overall at the 2016 NHL Draft, and notched two assists.

"It was a great experience for me to be with the team for the last two weeks of the season," said Keller, who signed with the Coyotes on March 26, a few hours after completing his freshman season at Boston University. "I was just trying to learn as much as I could and follow the older guys and see how they prepared and took care of their bodies. I think it's going to really help me out at the beginning of next year. I'll have the advantage of having played those three games and having been around the guys a little bit. I won't be so nervous going into camp."

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Coyotes to Hold Open House on May 13 at Gila River Arena

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team will hold an Open House event on Saturday, May 13 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Gila River Arena. Kids attending the event will get an opportunity to play ball hockey on the arena floor with Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton from 2:30-3:30 p.m. This event will also allow fans to secure full Season Ticket Memberships for next season and select the best seat locations available for the 2017-18 Coyotes season at Gila River Arena. Special full season savings ends after this event.

Season Ticket Memberships start as low as $400 with the return of Fan Zone seating. The Coyotes are also introducing brand new "All You Can Eat" sections.

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Chychrun Played Beyond Years During Rookie Season

Defenseman Jakob Chychrun proved he belonged in the NHL as 18-year-old

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun raised a few eyebrows at the 2016 NHL Draft when he confidently declared he was ready to make an immediate jump from junior hockey to the NHL as the 16th overall pick.

The 18-year-old talked the talk. Then he walked the walk.

"Going into camp, I would have said he wasn't going to play on our team (this season)," Head Coach Dave Tippett said at his recent season-ending press conference. "He basically willed himself on our team."

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Several Coyotes Bound for IIHF World Championship

Five players are slated to compete for their country at annual tournament

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Six members of the Coyotes are slated to participate in the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Championship.

USA Hockey recently named Arizona defenseman Connor Murphy, and forwards Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller to its roster for the annual tournament, which begins May 5. Meanwhile, Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman- Larsson will play for Sweden, and forward Tobias Rieder said he expects to play for Germany.

Sixteen nations will participate in the IIHF World Championship. Cologne, Germany and Paris, France are the host cities. The gold-medal game will be played May 21.

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Perlini Displayed 'Bona Fide' Scoring Touch in Rookie Season

Rookie Brendan Perlini notched 14 goals in 57 games with Coyotes

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett spoke highly of several of the team's rookies at his recent season-ending press conference.

His powerful comments about forward Brendan Perlini, however, stood out.

"Perlini is something that this organization has been missing for a long time," Tippett said. "He's a bona fide goal scorer. He has the ability to score and plays the game fast. He's a pretty driven player, too. He's kind of a happy-go-lucky guy, but he really is a driven player. He's going to be a good player for a long time."

Perlini notched 14 goals in 57 NHL games in his first pro season, which he began playing for Tucson in the American Hockey League. He scored 14 goals there, too, in just 17 games, giving him 28 in his first 74 pro games. 

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Domi Produced Before, After Injury

Forward Max Domi finished third on Coyotes in points despite missing eight weeks

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes forward Max Domi avoided a sophomore slump in 2016-17, but what he didn't avoid was a lengthy stint on the sideline because of injury.

Domi, 22, fractured a hand bone during a fight with Calgary's Garnet Hathaway on Dec. 8 and missed 23 games over the next eight weeks. But he finished the season strong, and ranked third on the team with 38 points in 59 games.

"It was a tough year," Domi said. "It wasn't fun, that's for sure … I learned a lot about myself and about how you've got to really respect and appreciate being in the lineup every single night in the NHL. It's almost a good thing going down the road, I think. I'm looking forward to a good summer. Hopefully next year is a different story."

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Miska Eager to Take Next Step in Career

Goalie Hunter Miska sees opportunity with Coyotes

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes added depth at goaltender on Saturday when they signed Hunter Miska to an entry-level contract a week after Miska ended an impressive freshman season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

"I'm stoked to be part of the Arizona Coyotes organization," Miska said. "It was tough for me to leave Duluth, but the Coyotes showed a lot of interest in me and trust in me during this process. Right after the season a number of teams came after me, and the Coyotes stood out."

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Coyotes Sign Miska to Entry-Level Contract

Goalie Hunter Miska posted a 27-5-5 record for University of Minnesota-Duluth

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Hunter Miska to an entry-level contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Hunter to an entry level contract," said Chayka. "Hunter was one of the top goalies in the NCAA last year and he was highly coveted by numerous NHL teams. We are excited to have him join our organization and look forward to watching him develop."

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Coyotes Unveil New DEK Hockey Rink at Luke A.F. Base

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes Unveil DEK Hockey Rink

Coyotes Unveil DEK Hockey Rink in Glendale

The Coyotes unveiled a new DEK hockey rink in Glendale, which will allow kids and adults access to newly constructed rinks

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 13, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes unveiled a new outdoor DEK hockey rink at Luke Air Force Base (LAFB) in Glendale, Arizona today. The rink is strategically located next to the fitness center and pool grounds at the hub of all recreational activities for LAFB families. The cost of the project was $200,000.

"It's been an honor to partner with 56th Fighter Wing Deputy Mission Support Commander Lieutenant Colonel Haley Wijongi, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, Chief Master Sergeant Todd Kirsch and Executive Director of Fighter Country Partnership, Ron Sites on this exciting project," said Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway. "The Coyotes are proud supporters of our military and we are thrilled to provide our troops with a new DEK hockey rink that they can enjoy all year round."

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