FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 6, 2021
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have named Larry Pleau as Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
"We are thrilled to add Larry to the Coyotes organization," said Armstrong. "Larry brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and front office experience to our team and he will be a valuable addition to our management group. He will play an important role in helping us build a long-term winning team here in the Valley."
Pleau is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 and was also honored as a recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2002. Pleau was assistant general manager of the 2002 U.S. Olympic team, which won the silver medal. He also served as general manager of Team USA at the 2003 and 2004 IIHF World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Pleau brings extensive NHL front office experience to the Coyotes. He was named general manager of the St. Louis Blues on June 9, 1997, and helped the Blues win the NHL's President's Trophy in 1999-2000. Pleau served as GM of the Blues from 1997-2010 and has worked in the team's scouting department since then. He was part of the team's front office when St. Louis won the 2019 Stanley Cup.
Pleau joined the Blues after spending eight seasons with the New York Rangers organization where he last served as vice president of player personnel and helped the Rangers capture the Stanley Cup in 1993-94.
The Lynn, MA native also spent 17 seasons with the Hartford Whalers organization in a variety of roles including player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager and minor league general manager and head coach. He was instrumental in the Whalers drafting Ray Ferraro, Ron Francis, Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelson.
Pleau played three NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, totaling 9-15-24 in 94 games and was part of Montreal's 1971 Stanley Cup title. He became the first player signed by the Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Pleau recorded 157-215-372 in 468 career WHA games with the Whalers. The former center represented the United States at the 1968 Olympics, on the 1969 U.S. National Team and at the 1976 Canada Cup.