FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 13, 2021
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed Mario Duhamel to a multi-year contract to serve as an assistant coach on Head Coach André Tourigny's staff. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Duhamel will work alongside assistant coaches Phil Housley and Cory Stillman as well as goaltending coach Corey Schwab.
"We are very pleased to have Mario join the Coyotes organization and Head Coach André Tourigny's staff," said Armstrong. "He brings extensive hockey knowledge and coaching experience to our team, and we are confident that he will be a great addition. We are also pleased to have Phil, Cory and Corey return this season. They are all quality people and very good coaches."
"I'm very fortunate to work with such a great group of coaches," said Tourigny. "They bring a wealth of knowledge, both in their coaching and playing careers, and extensive experience to the Coyotes. We are all looking forward to the start of training camp and the season."
Duhamel joins the Coyotes from the Ottawa 67's where he served as an associate coach under Tourigny since 2017-18. The 46-year-old native of Saint-Bruno, Québec previously spent time with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He began his junior coaching career in 2005 with the Huskies as an assistant coach.Duhamel was named head coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL in 2009. He amassed a 162-87-23 record over his four seasons with Drummondville and was a finalist for the QMJHL Ron Lapointe Coach of the Year Award during the 2010-11 season. He joined the Colorado Avalanche as the team's video coach under Patrick Roy for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Tourigny was also an assistant coach on Roy's staff for those two seasons.
In 2015, Duhamel returned to Rouyn-Noranda as the team's assistant general manager. The Huskies won the QMJHL's President Cup and made an appearance in the Memorial Cup Championship. Duhamel has also coached at the international level with Canada including as an assistant coach at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Championships and the 2013 World Junior Championships.
The Coyotes also announced today that assistant coaches Phil Housley and Cory Stillman as well as goaltending coach Corey Schwab will return to the team's coaching staff for the 2021-22 season.
Housley enters his third season with the Coyotes after joining the organization on June 23, 2019. He previously was head coach of the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons (2017-19). The 57-year-old native of St. Paul, Minn., spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, helping guide the team to their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2017. Prior to coaching in the NHL, Housley spent time coaching for Team USA at the international level, serving as an assistant coach at two IIHF World Junior Championships and three IIHF World Championships. Most notably, he served as the head coach when Team USA won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Drafted by Buffalo sixth overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Housley played 21 NHL seasons with the Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, collecting 338 goals, 894 assists, 1,232 points and 822 penalty minutes in 1,495 career NHL games. A seven-time NHL All-Star (1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000), Housley won a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic games with Team USA. He was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
Stillman begins his second season with the Coyotes after being named as an assistant coach on December 15, 2020. He joined the Coyotes from the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he served as the team's head coach since 2017. He compiled a 94-89-16 record over three seasons with Sudbury.
The 47-year-old native of Peterborough, Ont., spent time with the Carolina Hurricanes as their Director for Development for five seasons. He also worked in player development with the Florida Panthers following his playing career.
Stillman totaled 278-449-727 in 1,025 career NHL games as a forward with the Flames, Blues, Hurricanes, Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2003-04 (Tampa Bay) and 2005-06 (Carolina). He was originally drafted by Calgary in the first round (sixth overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.
Schwab enters his seventh season with the organization and his fifth as the Coyotes' NHL goaltending coach.
Under Schwab's watch, Darcy Kuemper was selected to the Pacific Division team for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. He was just the fourth goaltender in Coyotes history to be chosen for the All-Star Game and finished the 2019-20 regular season with a .928 save percentage (SV%) and 2.22 goals against average (GAA). During the 2017-18 season, Schwab helped Antti Raanta end the season with the second-highest SV% (.930) and the second lowest GAA (tied-2.24) in the NHL. He ranked among the franchise single season leaders in both SV% (tied-first) and GAA (third).
Schwab previously oversaw all the Coyotes' minor league goaltenders at the AHL, ECHL and amateur levels and assisted in goalie evaluations. The 50-year-old Schwab spent seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks organization as a goaltending development coach where he oversaw the goaltending coaching duties for Sharks prospects. The North Battleford, Sask., native also spent three seasons (2005-08) as associate goaltending coach and scout for the Lightning.
Schwab played eight NHL seasons and registered a 42-63-13 record with a 2.89 GAA and an .896 SV% in 147 games with the New Jersey Devils, Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Maple Leafs. He was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Champion Devils, as well as the 1995 Calder Cup Champion Albany River Rats.