Monday, June 30, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving has added the title of General Manager of the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate; Frank Effinger has been hired as Head Pro Scout; Director of Amateur Scouting Keith Gretzky has had his contract extended; and Steve Lyons has been promoted to Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting.
Treliving will enter his second season with the Coyotes after joining the organization on July 18, 2007 as assistant general manager. Last season, Treliving oversaw player personnel for the Rampage as the team finished the regular season with a record of 42-28-3-7 for 94 points, the third-highest point total ever by a Coyotes’ AHL affiliate. The team also advanced to the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Effinger joins the Coyotes after spending the 2006-07 as a professional scout with the New York Rangers. Prior to that, he spent seven years with the Minnesota Wild as the club’s Eastern Pro Scout. While with Minnesota, Effinger was influential in many of the Wild’s original Expansion Draft selections, including Dwayne Roloson and Andrew Brunette, and also played a role in acquiring the likes of Brian Rolston, Mark Parrish and Kim Johnsson.
Prior to his stint with the Wild, Effinger worked part-time for the Buffalo Sabres and ran the hockey program for the Rye Country Day School and Rye Ranger Youth Program. From 1979 to 1990, Effinger served as head coach of the Iona College men’s hockey team and finished his career with the sixth best winning percentage in college hockey history. He was inducted into the Iona College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Gretzky will enter his third season as the Coyotes’ director of amateur scouting after serving the previous five seasons as an amateur scout for the team. Since joining the organization in 2001, Gretzky has been involved in the drafting of such players as Peter Mueller, Martin Hanzal
, Kyle Turris, Enver Lisin, Daniel Winnik and Mikkel Boedker
Lyons will begin his fifth season with the organization. He joined the Coyotes in 2003 as an amateur scout, primarily covering the Northeastern United States. Lyons will assist Gretzky in overseeing the amateur scouting department during the upcoming season.