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Chychrun Played Beyond Years During Rookie Season

Defenseman Jakob Chychrun proved he belonged in the NHL as 18-year-old

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun raised a few eyebrows at the 2016 NHL Draft when he confidently declared he was ready to make an immediate jump from junior hockey to the NHL as the 16th overall pick.

The 18-year-old talked the talk. Then he walked the walk.

"Going into camp, I would have said he wasn't going to play on our team (this season)," Head Coach Dave Tippett said at his recent season-ending press conference. "He basically willed himself on our team."

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Several Coyotes Bound for IIHF World Championship

Five players are slated to compete for their country at annual tournament

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

GLENDALE - Six members of the Coyotes are slated to participate in the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Championship.

USA Hockey recently named Arizona defenseman Connor Murphy, and forwards Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller to its roster for the annual tournament, which begins May 5. Meanwhile, Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman- Larsson will play for Sweden, and forward Tobias Rieder said he expects to play for Germany.

Sixteen nations will participate in the IIHF World Championship. Cologne, Germany and Paris, France are the host cities. The gold-medal game will be played May 21.

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Perlini Displayed 'Bona Fide' Scoring Touch in Rookie Season

Rookie Brendan Perlini notched 14 goals in 57 games with Coyotes

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett spoke highly of several of the team's rookies at his recent season-ending press conference.

His powerful comments about forward Brendan Perlini, however, stood out.

"Perlini is something that this organization has been missing for a long time," Tippett said. "He's a bona fide goal scorer. He has the ability to score and plays the game fast. He's a pretty driven player, too. He's kind of a happy-go-lucky guy, but he really is a driven player. He's going to be a good player for a long time."

Perlini notched 14 goals in 57 NHL games in his first pro season, which he began playing for Tucson in the American Hockey League. He scored 14 goals there, too, in just 17 games, giving him 28 in his first 74 pro games. 

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Domi Produced Before, After Injury

Forward Max Domi finished third on Coyotes in points despite missing eight weeks

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes forward Max Domi avoided a sophomore slump in 2016-17, but what he didn't avoid was a lengthy stint on the sideline because of injury.

Domi, 22, fractured a hand bone during a fight with Calgary's Garnet Hathaway on Dec. 8 and missed 23 games over the next eight weeks. But he finished the season strong, and ranked third on the team with 38 points in 59 games.

"It was a tough year," Domi said. "It wasn't fun, that's for sure … I learned a lot about myself and about how you've got to really respect and appreciate being in the lineup every single night in the NHL. It's almost a good thing going down the road, I think. I'm looking forward to a good summer. Hopefully next year is a different story."

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Miska Eager to Take Next Step in Career

Goalie Hunter Miska sees opportunity with Coyotes

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes added depth at goaltender on Saturday when they signed Hunter Miska to an entry-level contract a week after Miska ended an impressive freshman season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

"I'm stoked to be part of the Arizona Coyotes organization," Miska said. "It was tough for me to leave Duluth, but the Coyotes showed a lot of interest in me and trust in me during this process. Right after the season a number of teams came after me, and the Coyotes stood out."

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Coyotes Sign Miska to Entry-Level Contract

Goalie Hunter Miska posted a 27-5-5 record for University of Minnesota-Duluth

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Hunter Miska to an entry-level contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Hunter to an entry level contract," said Chayka. "Hunter was one of the top goalies in the NCAA last year and he was highly coveted by numerous NHL teams. We are excited to have him join our organization and look forward to watching him develop."

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Coyotes Unveil New DEK Hockey Rink at Luke A.F. Base

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes Unveil DEK Hockey Rink

Coyotes Unveil DEK Hockey Rink in Glendale

The Coyotes unveiled a new DEK hockey rink in Glendale, which will allow kids and adults access to newly constructed rinks

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 13, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes unveiled a new outdoor DEK hockey rink at Luke Air Force Base (LAFB) in Glendale, Arizona today. The rink is strategically located next to the fitness center and pool grounds at the hub of all recreational activities for LAFB families. The cost of the project was $200,000.

"It's been an honor to partner with 56th Fighter Wing Deputy Mission Support Commander Lieutenant Colonel Haley Wijongi, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, Chief Master Sergeant Todd Kirsch and Executive Director of Fighter Country Partnership, Ron Sites on this exciting project," said Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway. "The Coyotes are proud supporters of our military and we are thrilled to provide our troops with a new DEK hockey rink that they can enjoy all year round."

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Vrbata Hopes to Return to Coyotes After MVP Season

Forward Radim Vrbata is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1

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

GLENDALE - Forward Radim Vrbata knew his NHL career wasn't over after a mediocre 2015-16 season with the Vancouver Canucks.

He proved that this season while playing for the Coyotes, for the third time. Vrbata, 35, led Arizona in goals (20), assists (35) and points (55), and was voted the team's Most Valuable Player by media members who regularly cover the team.

"It was a good season for me," Vrbata said in his final interview before leaving for the off-season. "I didn't set any goals for myself before the season, I was just happy to be coming back here. I knew I'd be put in a good situation with (Head Coach Dave Tippett). He knows how to use me. And playing with Marty (Hanzal) before he got traded helped."

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Coyotes Sign Looke to Entry-Level Contract

Arizona drafted Jens Looke 83rd overall in 2015

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Jens Looke to an entry-level contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

This season, the 20-year-old Looke played 46 games for Timra IK (SWE - 1), registering 8-8-16 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM). In 2015-16, the 6-foot-1, 180 pound Looke played 30 games for Almtuna IS (SWE -1), collecting 3-8-11 and two PIM.

Looke was drafted by the Coyotes in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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Smith Achieved Goal of Being Consistent

Mike Smith set numerous franchise records in 2016-17

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes goalie Mike Smith set multiple franchise records and played in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time this season, a campaign that also featured an injury that cost him 12 games early in the schedule.

Smith finished the season with a 19-26-9 record, with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He ranked sixth in the NHL in saves (1,663) and shots faced (1,1819), despite playing only 55 of 82 games.

"The goal coming in from the summer was to play as consistent as possible, and I think for the majority of the season I was able to do that," Smith said Monday, as the Coyotes officially began the off-season. "I was real proud of the way I mentally handled the situation. It was a tough year, but I'm excited where my game is at and confident that I can do it again next year."

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