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Bettman: Youth Hockey Fueling NHL Growth

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman points to Arizona, Auston Matthews as examples of how game has expanded

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday stressed the importance of youth hockey during a summit with the commissioners of the other three major sports -- Rob Manfred of Major League Baseball, Roger Goodell of the National Football League and Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association.

Bettman said the amount of young players registering to play hockey has allowed the sport to grow in traditional and non-traditional markets. With the NHL more visible and its games more accessible across North America, children have become more enthusiastic about playing hockey at an early age.

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Coyotes to Play in Rookie Tournament in San Jose

Arizona will play three games at Solar 4 America Ice in San Jose

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes will participate in a rookie tournament hosted by the San Jose Sharks from September 9 - 12. Arizona will play three games during the tournament including at Anaheim on Sept. 9, vs. Colorado on Sept. 11 and at San Jose on Sept. 12. All games will be held at Solar 4 America Ice at San Jose.

The Coyotes rookie roster will include first round draft choices P.O. Joseph (2017), Clayton Keller (2016), Dylan Strome (2015) and Nick Merkley (2015). In addition, prospects including Christian Fischer, Ryan MacInnis, Conor Garland, Kyle Wood, Kyle Capobianco, Cam Dineen and Adin Hill will participate.

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Patterson is 'Clear Choice' to be Coyotes President & CEO

Steve Patterson will lead team's effort to secure a new arena in East Valley

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes have turned to Steve Patterson to play the key role in cementing the team's future in Arizona.

Patterson, the club's new President and CEO, has been hired to lead the effort to secure a new arena and to continue to grow the game of hockey and fan base in a non-traditional market for the sport. 

"I've got a lot of empathy for the fans here," Patterson said last week after being introduced, along with Head Coach Rick Tocchet, as part of the team's dynamic new management team. "There are a lot of great hockey fans in the Valley and there are a lot of transplants from Canada and the Midwest that spend their winters here. At times, it has been tough to be a Coyotes fan. There's been a lot of ups and downs, questions about ownership and whether the team was staying, but our owner Andy Barroway has made it clear that he's committed to keeping the team here and to finding an arena solution. Hopefully we can get that solved in the relatively near future so that people understand that the franchise isn't going anywhere."

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Tocchet Bringing Positive Attitude to Coyotes

New Head Coach Rick Tocchet wants to help players improve each day

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

GLENDALE - Rick Tocchet is embracing the challenge of taking over as head coach of a predominantly young NHL team in need of direction from a proven winner.

"I think this is a great job to have and I'm excited about it," said Tocchet, who became the bench boss of the Coyotes last week. "...My goal is to make everybody play better. As a coach, that's your main focus. If I can have everybody play better than they did last year, that's a win-win."

With less than 12 weeks before the regular season begins, Tocchet knows there is little time to waste. Things need to get done. Important things. For example, Tocchet wants to quickly add two assistant coaches to his staff, he wants to create and send a system video to the players before training camp, and, perhaps most importantly, he wants to reach out to his players on a one-one-basis.

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Domi Shaves Beard to Raise Funds for Diabetes Research

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes forward Max Domi recently shaved his lengthy beard to raise money for diabetes research.

Domi, who was diagnosed as a Type-1 diabetic when he was 12 years old, is calling his fundraising campaign #FundRazor on social media platforms. As of Friday night, he had raised just over $60,000. His goal is to raise $100,000.

"I'll be matching every dollar contribution up to $10,000, with all proceeds going towards JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes," Domi wrote on his web site.

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Barroway Introduces New Leaders, New Era for Coyotes

Team owner Andrew Barroway says Rick Tocchet and Steve Patterson will help team thrive in Arizona

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

Coyotes add Patterson, Tocchet

Coyotes add Steve Patterson and Rick Tocchet

Coyotes introduce president & CEO Steve Patterson and head coach Rick Tocchet

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GLENDALE -- The Coyotes on Thursday introduced new Head Coach Rick Tocchet and new President and CEO Steve Patterson at a press conference inside Gila River Arena.

"Today marks a new era for our franchise," team owner Andrew Barroway said. "Like Commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL has said, I believe in this market, I believe in this team and I believe in our fans. We couldn't be any more committed to Arizona and the Valley."

Barroway recently became sole owner of the team after working with nine co-owners the past few years.

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Tocchet Putting Coyotes on Fast Track as Coach

Rick Tocchet wants 'good, smart, competitive team' like ones he played on in Arizona

by Jerry Brown @FrozenRubber / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes introduced Head Coach Rick Tocchet and President and CEO Steve Patterson at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Patterson was presented, in traditional style, with a new Coyotes jersey showing No. 17 - for 2017 - on the back. 

When Tocchet was invited to the podium, owner Andrew Barroway pulled out a nearly 20-year-old, kachina-style, No. 22 Phoenix Coyotes jersey that longtime equipment man Stan Wilson had stored away, just in case.

"No wonder I couldn't skate then. These things were so heavy," Tocchet said.

It's a new era for the Coyotes, who reached back into their heyday of 20 years in the desert and hired Tocchet on Tuesday. But he said up front his coaching style isn't the same as the rough-and-tumble persona that was part of a short but memorable stretch with the Coyotes from 1997-99. 

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Barroway Says New Arena is No. 1 Priority

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes add Patterson, Tocchet

Coyotes add Steve Patterson and Rick Tocchet

Coyotes introduce president & CEO Steve Patterson and head coach Rick Tocchet

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GLENDALE -- On July 13, Coyotes Owner Andrew Barroway served as the key speaker at a press conference the team staged at Gila River Arena to introduce new President and CEO Steve Patterson and new Head Coach Rick Tocchet.

Here are Barroway's opening remarks from the press conference:

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Coyotes Name Patterson as President & CEO

Steve Patterson's resume includes stint at Arizona State University

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced today that Steve Patterson has been named as the club's new President and CEO. Barroway also announced that General Manager John Chayka has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager.

"We are very pleased to name Steve as our new President and CEO," said Barroway. "Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years. He's built championship teams and organizations and has managed stadiums, ballparks and arenas across the United States. Most importantly, he previously worked in our market and has the necessary corporate and political relationships to help us secure a long-term home for the Coyotes in the Valley. We're thrilled to have him join us."

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Tocchet Likes Fit with Coyotes

New Head Coach Rick Tocchet knows Arizona well from past stints with team

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

GLENDALE -- Rick Tocchet returned to the Coyotes for a third stint on Tuesday when the team announced him as the franchise's 18th head coach.

Tocchet, 53, played for the Phoenix Coyotes from 1997-2000, and then served as an assistant coach for the club in 2005-06.

"I know the market," Tocchet said. "When I was there it was a fun place to play, and I also coached there, and I know the direction that they want to go. So, it was an attractive job for me. Plus, there's only 31 (head coaching) jobs in the NHL … If you mix that all in it was a fit for me."

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