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Perlini Says Consistency is Key to Next Season, Beyond

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

GLENDALE -- Brendan Perlini is known for his powerful skating and accurate shot on the ice. Off the ice, he's known as a deep thinker. That was clear on "Exit Day" as Perlini discussed how the Coyotes would have to work hard to mimic what the Colorado Avalanche accomplished in 2017-18, and make the playoffs next season after not making it this season.

"You look at Colorado last year, they were last in the League," Perlini said. "I mean it's definitely a positive thing, but anything can happen. We can't just say 'Oh yeah, they were last and now they made playoffs.' We have to go do it. That's one of the main things I learned this year. Talk is cheap, and you have to go do it on the ice."

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'Yotes Notes: Roadrunners Ready for Postseason Debut

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

GLENDALE -- The Tucson Roadrunners will make their debut in the American Hockey League playoffs on Thursday night when they skate vs. the San Jose Barracuda in the first game of a best-of-five series.

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Keller In Mix for Calder Trophy

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

GLENDALE -- This Sunday, the three finalists for the Calder Trophy, the award given annually to the NHL's best rookie, will be announced. Playing in all 82 games this season, Coyotes forward Clayton Keller built a strong case to be included in that exclusive club.

"I've always been pretty confident and I think you have to be. It's something that I've always kind of had in me ever since I was young," said Keller, 19, who led Arizona and ranked second among NHL freshmen with 65 points. Keller also ranked within the top five in rookie goals (23) and assists (42). Twice the NHL recognized him for his stellar play by naming him its Rookie of the Month (October and March). 

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Gross Reports to AHL After Signing Contract with Coyotes

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes added offensive-minded defenseman Jordan Gross to the mix this week by signing the Hobey Baker Award nominee to a two-year entry-level contract.

Gross, who recently completed a four-year career at the University of Notre Dame, flew to Tucson after signing his deal on Thursday and is expected to play for Arizona's affiliate in the American Hockey League before its season ends. He skated warm-ups with the Roadrunners on Friday night, but did not play vs. San Diego.

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Coyotes Present $250,000 to Phoenix Children's Hospital

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

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Coyotes Foundation presented a check for $250,000 to officials from the Phoenix Children's Hospital on Thursday afternoon, capping three years of fund-raising.

"It means a lot for us as an organization," said defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who attended the check presentation in the hospital's lobby. "We are really proud to be able to give back to such a great cause. PCH is doing so much for the kids here in the community, and we want to be part of that."

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Coyotes Sign Gross to Entry-Level Contract

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 12, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Jordan Gross to a two-year entry-level contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Jordan was one of the top defensemen in the NCAA last year and we're thrilled to add him to our organization," said Chayka. "He's a mobile, puck-moving, right shot defenseman who is very smart. He will join a great group of young players that we now have in Arizona."

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Coyotes Donate $250,000 to Phoenix Children's Hospital

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 12, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the Arizona Coyotes Foundation has made a $250,000 donation to Phoenix Children's Hospital. The funds were raised over a three-year period and will be allocated towards the hospital's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The new state-of-the-art building has allowed the hospital to expand the center and meet the demand for the growing number of patients they treat each year.

"On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, we are thrilled to donate $250,000 to the Phoenix Children's Hospital," said Coyotes' Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway. "PCH is a phenomenal hospital and we are very fortunate to have it here in the Valley. Their Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is doing great work and we hope that this donation will help many children in the future."

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Stepan Provided Points, Leadership in First Season with Coyotes

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

GLENDALE -- Derek Stepan answered questions from reporters on "Exit Day" wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Did you know he played the final 15 games of the season despite a fractured bone? Not many people outside Arizona's dressing room did.

"Kudos to the medical staff for getting the foot ready to play each night," said Stepan, one of only four Coyotes to compete in all 82 games this season. "I feel like if you're able to play and compete at a high level, you should try to play every night. Obviously, playing 82 games in a season is a difficult task, and to be able to do it is something that you should be proud. If you ask anybody, they want to try to play every game and it's not different for me."

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Tocchet and Staff Rallied Coyotes After Disappointing Start

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

GLENDALE -- Rick Tocchet's answer got big laughs at his "Exit Day" press conference, but on some level it was no joke.

Asked which team he was rooting for to win the first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series between the Pittsburgh Penguins, for whom he once played and then coached, and the Philadelphia Flyers, also for whom he once played, Tocchet smiled then quipped: "Coyotes, man. I'm not going down that river."

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Ekman-Larsson to Play for Sweden at World Championship

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will play for Sweden at the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Championship.

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