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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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'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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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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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 Build Another DEK Hockey Rink in Valley

Hockey enthusiasts have a new place to play the game in El Mirage

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

Coyotes Grow the Game

Coyotes Grow the Game with New DEK Hockey Rinks

The Coyotes unveiled a DEK hockey rink in El Mirage on Wednesday afternoon as part of the team's ongoing efforts to grow the sport in Arizona

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EL MIRAGE - The Coyotes unveiled another DEK hockey rink on Wednesday afternoon as part of the team's ongoing efforts to popularize the sport in Arizona.

"We're interested in growing the game of hockey," Coyotes President and CEO Steve Patterson said from the rink, which was constructed outside of the Northwest Valley Family YMCA in El Mirage. "Some kids can't get out on the ice because we don't have ice rinks everywhere, but these kind of DEK hockey rinks can be used for kids to learn the great game of hockey playing with a ball and a stick."

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Westerlund's Patience is Key to His Game

Defenseman Filip Westerlund is competing for Team Sweden this week at the World Junior Summer Showcase

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

GLENDALE - Filip Westerlund enjoys fishing in the off-season. The young Swede finds angling fun, and he likes being rewarded for being patient. It's a trait he brings to his hockey game. 

"Filip's a very patient defenseman, yet he quickly sorts his options," said Tim Bernhardt, the Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting. "He's not the biggest guy on the ice, but he uses his head and skill to defend."

Westerlund is honing his skills this week playing for Team Sweden at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich., which features practices and games against teams from the United States, Canada and Finland. He's hoping to eventually earn a roster spot for Sweden's entry into the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Team Sweden is slated to play Team USA on Wednesday, and NHL Network will broadcast the game at 1 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona is taking a patient approach with Westerlund, whom they landed with the 44th overall pick at this year's NHL Draft. The Coyotes are hoping he will add size and strength to his 5-foot-11, 174-pound frame over the next few seasons.

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Allen Brings Coaching Experience to Coyotes

Scott Allen has coached pro hockey for more than 20 years

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

GLENDALE - Scott Allen is a seasoned hockey coach eager for the next challenge. 

The Coyotes named Allen, and John MacLean, as assistant coaches to Head Coach Rick Tocchet on Wednesday. 

"I am extremely excited about being a member of the staff with Rich and John MacLean," said Allen, who has coached pro hockey since 1996. "I think the biggest reason (Allen and Tocchet) clicked is because we feel very similar with how the game needs to be played with the young nucleus of up-and-coming NHL stars we have in our lineup. I spent a good part of my coaching career in the American Hockey League and both teams I've been with in the NHL, the New York Islanders and Florida this past year, the nucleus at the time I was there was young guys … It seems to me they are really trying to get things going in the right direction, and that young nucleus and young core is very appealing to me."

Allen, 51, will work primarily with Arizona's defensemen and the penalty-killing unit. In that role with Florida last season, Allen guided the Panthers to an 85.3 percent success rate on the PK that ranked second-best in the League.

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MacLean Returns to Coaching with Coyotes

John MacLean gives up TV job to help 'reboot' Arizona

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

NHL Tonight: John MacLean

MacLean shares his excitement about his new role

MacLean shares his excitement about his new role as one of the new assistant coaches for the Coyotes

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GLENDALE - John MacLean had a cozy job as an NHL analyst on TV, but he's given it up to get back into the challenging grind of working for a team.

The Coyotes named MacLean, and Scott Allen, as assistant coaches to Head Coach Rick Tocchet on Wednesday. 

MacLean, 52, reached out to Tocchet via a mutual friend regarding his interest in the job and conversations followed.

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