GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have hired Dave Tippett as the 17th head coach in franchise history.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome Dave Tippett as the new head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes,” said Maloney. “I have always been impressed with the playing style of the teams Dave has coached. He coaches his teams to play the game with intelligence, discipline, structure, a sense of urgency and a team-first approach. We feel we have assembled a first-class coaching staff that is comparable to any in the NHL and are looking forward to Dave leading us to success for many years to come.”
Tippett, 48, spent the last six seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars, posting a record of 271-162-59. Under Tippett’s leadership, the Stars won two Pacific Division titles (2002-03 and 2005-06), made the playoffs in five out of six seasons and advanced to the 2008 Western Conference Finals. Tippett’s 271 career regular season coaching victories rank 2nd all-time in Stars history.
During Tippett’s tenure in Dallas, the Stars finished in the top-10 in goal-scoring three times and finished no worse than sixth in the NHL in goals against in five of his six seasons, including ranking in the top three on three occasions (2006-07, 2003-04 and 2002-03).
In 2002-03, his first season as an NHL head coach, Tippett led the Stars to the best record in the Western Conference and second-best record in the league while also guiding Dallas to its sixth Division title in seven seasons. With a record of 46-17-15-4 for 111 points, Tippett posted the fourth-highest point total by a rookie coach in NHL history.
Tippett joined the Stars organization on May 16, 2002 after serving as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings the previous three seasons. The Kings qualified for the playoffs in all three of Tippett’s seasons with the club after having made the postseason just once in six seasons prior to Tippett’s arrival.
Prior to becoming a coach, the native of Moosomin, Saskatchewan played 11 years as a forward in the National Hockey League with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. In 721 career NHL games, he registered 93 goals and 169 assists for 262 points with 317 penalty minutes.
During his playing career with Hartford, Tippett served as an alternate captain and earned the Community Service, Unsung Hero, Mr. Hustle and Best Defensive Forward awards. In 1988-89, he registered career-highs in goals (17), assists (24) and points (41). Internationally, he captained the 1984 Canadian Olympic Team in Sarajevo and earned a silver medal as a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in Albertville, France in 1992. While at the University of North Dakota, he was a member of the 1982 NCAA Division I Championship squad.
Tippett concluded his playing career in 1995 as a player-assistant coach with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL). He served as Houston’s head coach from 1995-96 to 1998-99, building a reputation as a highly-regarded coach with a tremendous work ethic while leading the Aeros to two 50-win seasons. In 1999, Tippett led Houston to the Turner Cup Championship while being named the IHL Coach of the Year as well as leading the team to the Fred A. Huber Jr. Memorial Trophy by compiling the league's best regular season record (54-15-13). At the 1998 IHL All-Star Game, he was the co-coach of the victorious Western Conference squad.