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Strome Continues to Develop High-End Skills with Erie

Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome looks to end junior career with Memorial Cup title

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

Erie Otters center Dylan Strome rewrote the record book the first time his team played Saint John at the 2017 Memorial Cup.

Strome, selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the third pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, had a single-game record seven points (four goals, three assists) in Erie's 12-5 defeat of Saint John, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion, on Monday.

He'll get another chance to play Saint John in the tournament semifinal Friday.

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Murphy Enjoyed Serving as Team USA Captain

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy led the Americans to six wins in eight games at IIHF World Championship

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy recently returned to the United States after a memorable experience at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany.

Murphy, 24, was picked by Team USA to serve as team captain at the annual 16-nation tournament. The Americans won six of their eight games, but were bumped from the event by Finland in the quarterfinals. 

"I'm very thankful that USA Hockey gave me the opportunity to be team captain and that they keep inviting me to play for them," said Murphy, a four-time participant at the World Championship. "It was a great experience. We played in a really nice arena there in Cologne, and we came together really well as a team. We had good coaching and a good staff. Obviously it ended sooner than we all wanted it to. Everyone had high goals going into that quarterfinal game and we believed we had a good team that could've won it, but when you get into the quarterfinals it's one game and anything can happen, and we ultimately came up short."

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Cunningham Starting New Chapter in Hockey Career

Coyotes have hired Craig Cunningham as a pro scout

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

Cunningham Press Conference

Craig Cunningham discusses becoming a Coyotes scout

Former player Craig Cunningham answers questions regarding being hired as a pro scout by the Coyotes

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GLENDALE -- Craig Cunningham officially began his new career on Wednesday when the Coyotes announced they'd signed him to a two-year contract as a Pro Scout.

"Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game," Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said as part of the announcement. "We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization." 

Cunningham, 26, suffered a major cardiac arrest before a game with the Tucson Roadrunners last Nov. 19. The American Hockey League team's captain collapsed during warm-ups and emergency medical personnel worked feverishly to save his life. He spent the next few months in a Tucson hospital, where doctors eventually removed the lower portion of his left leg.

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Coyotes Add Cunningham as Pro Scout

Former player Craig Cunningham also will assist in player development

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Craig Cunningham to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Cunningham will assist in player development with the Coyotes' prospects. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout," said Chayka. "Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."

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Strome Sets Memorial Cup Record for Points in One Game

Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome notched seven points on Monday night

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

Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome set a Memorial Cup record for points in one game on Monday night when he notched seven in Windsor, Ontario.

Strome, the captain of the Erie Otters, scored four goals and added three assists in his team's 12-5 victory over the Saint John SeaDogs. Strome's seven-point effort broke the tournament's single-game record of six points, which had been accomplished four times, most recently by Seattle's Mike Mathers in 1992.

"I didn't even know it was a record to be honest with you," Strome told reporters after the game. "... We were having fun playing hockey, things were rolling for us. It's a best-on-best tournament and I don't know what to say, sometimes you have a good night and sometimes you don't. For whatever reason we had a good game."

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Sullivan Embraces New Role of Assistant General Manager for Coyotes

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

GLENDALE -- Steve Sullivan continues to quickly climb the ladder in his post-NHL playing career.

Sullivan, 42, recently was named Assistant General Manager for the Coyotes. The promotion comes after Sullivan spent the past three seasons anchoring the team's player development staff. Last season was his first as Director of Player Development.

Sullivan retired from playing after the 2012-13 campaign, his 16th in the League. He skated in 33 games for the Coyotes that season. While he knew he wanted to continue his career around the game, becoming a key cog in the team's management staff wasn't exactly on his radar.

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Ekman-Larsson Helps Sweden Win IIHF World Championship

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored one of Sweden's two shootout goals in gold medal game on Sunday

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

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored one of Team Sweden's two shootout goals to key its 2-1 win over Team Canada on Sunday in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany.

The championship is Team Sweden's first at this tournament since 2013.

Team Sweden Head Coach Rikard Gronborg chose Ekman-Larsson to shoot third in the decisive shootout, and Ekman-Larsson scored with a forehanded shot over the blocker of Team Canada goalie Calvin Pickard. The goal gave the Swedes a 2-0 lead in what was slated to be a five-round shootout. However, The Canadians failed to score on Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist on their first four attempts and lost the shootout 2-0. Per the IIHF, the only other World Championship gold medal game to be decided by a shootout occurred in 1994, when Canada beat Finland.

Both teams notched just one goal each on Sunday over 80 minutes - three regulation periods and one 20-minute overtime session. 

 

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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson Earns Chance to Win Gold Medal

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

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched an assist on Team Sweden's game-winning goal during its 4-1 victory over Team Finland on Saturday in a semifinal match at the IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany.

Ekman-Larsson helped set up a power-play goal by John Klingberg at 4:36 of the second period. Alexander Edler, William Nylander and Joakim Nordstrom also scored for the Swedes, and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.

Ekman-Larsson has produced five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games played at the annual tournament, in which 16 nations compete. 

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Strome Eager to Start Memorial Cup

Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome will lead Erie into prestigious tournament this weekend

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

GLENDALE -- Playing his final season of junior hockey, Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome is eager to start the 2017 Memorial Cup this weekend.

"My level of excitement is huge," Strome said earlier this week. "This is obviously a great event with a lot of great players and great teams … and it's something not too many people get to experience. We're fortunate enough to be there and looking forward to the opportunity."

Strome is the captain of the Erie Otters, the champs of the Ontario Hockey League. The Otters and three other teams will compete for the Memorial Cup in a round-robin tournament that starts Friday in Windsor, Ontario. The event pits a host team (Windsor) and the champions of the Canadian Hockey League's three member leagues: the OHL (Erie), the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Saint John) and the Western Hockey League (Seattle). 

Erie begins play on Saturday vs. Seattle at noon Arizona time.

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Coyotes at IIHF World Championship: Daily Recaps

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

2017 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

QUARTERFINALS

May 18:

Sweden 3, Switzerland 1

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson notched a memorable assist for Team Sweden in its win over Switzerland in a quarterfinal match in Paris, France.

Tied 1-1, Ekman-Larsson launched a perfect pass up the middle of the ice from deep within Team Sweden's zone to teammate William Nylander, who converted the lead pass into a breakaway goal at 13:15 of the second period.

Ekman-Larsson, who logged 17:21 of ice time on Thursday, has produced two goals and two assists in six games at this tournament. 

Team Sweden will play Team Finland in one of two semifinals on Saturday.

Finland 2, USA 0

Team USA failed to score in its quarterfinal match vs. Team Finland in Cologne, Germany.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Americans at this tournament, and eliminated them from medal contention.

Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy played 14:14, Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak played 7:53, and Coyotes forward Clayton Keller played 12:53. All took one shot on goal.

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