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Ekman-Larsson Thrilled to Play with Hjalmarsson

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson will be Arizona's top defensive pairing in 2017-18

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - If you look at Arizona's depth chart for next season you'll see Oliver Ekman-Larsson and newly acquired Niklas Hjalmarsson locked in as the top pair of defensemen.

"I'm super excited about that," Ekman-Larsson told NHL.com during the recent European Player Media Tour. "He's super easy to play with. He talks a lot and he's a good skater and moves the puck. I would say he's underrated."

The Coyotes acquired Hjalmarsson in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin on June 23 in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Tocchet Stressing Teamwork to Coaching Staff

New Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet wants assistants to share responsibilities

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- New Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet is expected to visit Gila River Arena later this week to make final preparations for a symposium he's scheduled for next week with his new coaching staff.

Tocchet, who was named the franchise's 18th head coach on July 11, will stress an all-hands-on-deck approach to assistant coaches John MacLean and Scott Allen, goalie coach Jon Elkin and video coach Steve Peters.

"It's going to be a team thing here," Tocchet said. "Obviously somebody's going to have more input on the PK and power play because I'll give them autonomy in those situations, but the bottom line is we're going to be a staff that's going to share a lot of the responsibilities."

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Coyotes Announce 2017-18 Theme Nights & Single Game Ticket Promotions

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 14, 2017

GLENDALE ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today the team's theme nights and single game ticket promotions for the 2017-18 NHL season. In total, the Coyotes will have 12 theme nights this season that include several great promotional items that will be given away to fans at Gila River Arena.

Below is a complete list of the Coyotes theme nights and giveaway items during the 2017-18 Coyotes season:

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet to Stage Coaching Symposium for Staff

Rick Tocchet will convene with his assistants for four days later this month

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet is planning a four-day coaching symposium for his new staff for later this month at Gila River Arena.

"We're going to go over systems, we're going to go over concepts, (and) game-day preparation, just so everybody has their responsibilities," Tocchet told SiriusXM NHL Network. 

Assistant coaches John MacLean and Scott Allen, and Video Coach Steve Peters will attend.  

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Raanta's New Mask Features Cartoon Dog Driving a Train

New Coyotes goalie unveiled his new lid on social media

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a dog driving a train?

Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta unveiled his new goalie mask Thursday, and it features a cartoon dog driving a fast-moving locomotive along with saguaro cactus to give it a true desert theme.

The featured dog is Rantanplan, a character from the Belgian cartoon "Lucky Luke."

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Richardson Eager to Return from Serious Injury

Coyotes center Brad Richardson is working hard to prepare for his 13th NHL season

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes center Brad Richardson doesn't like to remember what happened to him last November when he suffered a serious leg injury in a game at the Vancouver Canucks.

That being said, he sometimes can't help recall the look of horror on a fan's face as he lay on the ice, writhing in pain with a fractured fibula and tibia.

"When I think about that night it's hard," Richardson said Thursday after an informal skating session with a handful of other players at the Ice Den in Scottsdale. "I kind of get hot and sweaty when I do because the pain was so unbelievable. When it happened I knew it was really bad right away. I could feel my leg snap. But I can still see that fan in the crowd and see his face vividly. His expression was like 'Oh my God!' and I remember thinking 'Oh boy, I'm in trouble.' Even though I knew it was pretty bad, that fan's face summed up just how bad it really was."

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As Instructor, Entwistle Wants to Give Back to Community

Coyotes prospect Mackenzie Entwistle will teach hockey to kids in his hometown later this month

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Coyotes prospect Mackenzie Entwistle is planning to serve as an instructor for young hockey players in his hometown of Georgetown, Ontario, later this month. 

Entwistle, a forward whom Arizona picked 69th overall at this year's NHL Draft, will coach players ages 7-10 at the annual Pasma's Hockey Development Camp.

"Growing up I went to a lot of camps for little kids and that's where I grew to love hockey and that's where I got to play more," Entwistle said. "Now that I'm at this level and now that people are starting to get to know who I am around town, I think it's important to give back to the community. Those camps helped me get to where I am now so I'm happy to do it. It's fun watching kids play the game they love."

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Coyotes Single Game Tickets Go on Sale on Aug. 17

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Key Games Coyotes 17-18 Schedule

Marquee Matchups for 2017-18 Season

Check out when marquee opponents such as Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Vegas will skate into Glendale to play Arizona in 2017-18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes announced today that single game tickets for the team's two preseason home games and the first half of regular season home games for 2017-18 will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for all remaining home games from Jan. 12 through Apr. 7 will go on sale at a later date. 

Pricing for Coyotes single game tickets for the 2017-18 season starts at just $26 per game and complete ticket pricing information for all single game tickets and savings on groups of 10 or more is available at www.ArizonaCoyotes.com.

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Expectations Are High for Keller

Forward Clayton Keller is considered by many to be Arizona's top prospect

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Clayton Keller crammed a lot of hockey at various levels into the year after being picked by Arizona in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Keller, whom the Coyotes snatched seventh overall, played for four different teams in 2016-17, including Arizona in the final week of the season. He hopes to play for just one team in 2017-18: the Coyotes.

"Being here for a few weeks last year showed me how hard you have to work to have an impact," Keller said. "The way you carry yourself, just looking people in the eye and little things like that, can go a long way."

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Coyotes Won't Rush Strome on Road to Success

Arizona expects forward Dylan Strome to make a strong push for roster spot this season

by Jerry Brown @FrozenRubber / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE -- Center Dylan Strome knows there is plenty of time to have a long and fruitful hockey career, and time to prove the Arizona Coyotes correct when they chose him with the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

When the first two picks of that draft are center Connor McDavid, who won the Hart Trophy with the Edmonton Oilers last season, and center Jack Eichel, the focal point of the Buffalo Sabres, comparisons are natural. But the Coyotes are content to be patient with Strome, who they expect to be a major piece of their future.

Strome, 20, had one assist in seven games for the Coyotes last season before they sent him back to his junior team, Erie of the Ontario Hockey League. He served as captain for silver medal-winning Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, and helped Erie to the OHL championship and the final of the Memorial Cup.

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