Wednesday, August 24, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have added Mike Van Ryn, Steve Potvin and Dawn Braid to the team’s coaching staff. Van Ryn will serve as the Coyotes’ Development Coach while Potvin was named the team’s Skills Coach. Braid is now the organization’s full-time Skating Coach.
Van Ryn joins the Coyotes after serving as the Head Coach of the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) in 2015-16. He guided the Rangers to a 44-17-5-2 record and the fourth-most points in the OHL (95). Van Ryn was previously an associate coach with Kitchener from 2013-15. The former NHL defenseman collected 30-99-129 and 260 penalty minutes (PIM) in 353 career games with the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Van Ryn will assist Coyotes Director of Player Development Steve Sullivan in amateur player development as well as in working with coaches and players in Tucson (AHL) during the season.
Potvin’s main focus will be player assessment and individual skill improvement. He joins the Coyotes after a professional career that included 478 professional American Hockey League (AHL) and top European league games. The former forward registered 31-44-75 in 158 career AHL contests. Potvin collected 133 goals and 184 assists in 350 games over 10 seasons in Europe.
Braid begins a full-time role with the Coyotes after joining the franchise on a part-time basis in 2015. She has previously worked as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. Braid also spent seven years with the Athletes Training Center as its director of skating development where she instructed a variety of skaters including New York Islanders center John Tavares.