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Coyotes Announce Additions to Hockey Operations Department

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Thursday, June 28, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have added Zac Bierk as Goaltending Development Coach, Jeff Ulmer as Coordinator, Skill Development, Assistant Director of Special Projects and Lars Hepso as Skating Coach.

Bierk joins the Coyotes following five seasons with the Peterborough Petes as their goaltending consultant. He previously served as a coach at the goaltending school Team Shutout.

The 41-year-old Bierk posted a 3.18 goals against average (GAA) and a .901 save percentage (SV%) in 47 career NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and Coyotes. He registered a 2.46 GAA with a .924 SV% in 20 games with the Coyotes from 2002-04. Bierk will oversee all goaltender prospect development at the American Hockey League (AHL), junior and collegiate levels.

Ulmer comes to Arizona in the first combined skills and video position in the NHL. The former forward played 19 seasons and over 1,000 games of professional hockey from 1999-2018. He finished his career having played in 800-plus consecutive games.

Ulmer spent parts of the 2000-01 season with the New York Rangers when he recorded 3-0-3 in 21 games. Ulmer also played in over 250 games in the American Hockey League with four teams. He competed internationally with Team Canada in several tournaments and played over 700 games throughout European leagues including the KHL, SHL, Liiga and the NLA. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Ulmer won an NCAA championship with the team in 1997. While playing professionally in Europe, he obtained his Hockey Canada Skills Coach certification and took management and language courses to add to his education. He has worked as a volunteer skills coach for players and teams and runs clinics for players and coaches. Ulmer and his wife, Robyn, have a daughter Jaydee.

Hepso is currently the Founder & President of Skate with Power. The 26-year-old will work with all Coyotes players at the NHL, AHL and junior levels as the organization's skating coach.

Hepso has worked with players at many levels in both North America as well as Europe including several current and former NHL players such as Matthew Barzal, Danton Heinen and Shea Theodore. The Penticton, BC native is in his ninth year as a skating instructor and graduated with a business management degree from UBC Okanagan.

The Coyotes will face the Anaheim Ducks in the team's 2018-19 home opener on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Gila River Arena. For more information on Coyotes tickets, please call 480-563-PUCK (7825) or visit

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