Friday, May 21, 2010
GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
The Sporting News has named Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney as its 2009-10 Executive of the Year and Head Coach Dave Tippett as its 2009-10 Coach of the Year in the national publication’s annual NHL Awards.
Sporting News' NHL awards were determined by collecting votes from 363 NHL players, coaches and executives for its awards. The players voted for the top player (Henrik Sedin), goalie (Ryan Miller) and rookie (Tyler Myers). Executives and coaches selected the top executive and coach.
Maloney, in his third season as General Manager of the Coyotes, hired head coach Dave Tippett prior to the season and together they guided the Coyotes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002 by posting a 50-25-7 record for 107 points while setting franchise records for wins, points and home wins (29) in a season.
Maloney added several players to the Coyotes roster over the summer, acquiring Radim Vrbata
, Sami Lepisto, Lauri Korpikoski
and Jim Vandermeer through trades while signing veteran free agents Adrian Aucoin
, Vernon Fiddler, Jason LaBarbera
, Taylor Pyatt
and Robert Lang. With the Coyotes already enjoying a breakout season, the acquisitions of forwards Lee Stempniak, Wojtek Wolski and Petteri Nokelainen plus defensemen Derek Morris
and Mathieu Schneider at the Mar. 3 trade deadline propelled the club to even greater heights as Phoenix won nine consecutive games following the trade deadline (Mar. 4-21) to tie a club record. Stempniak was named the NHL’s First Star for the Month of March after leading the League with 13 goals in 14 games following his acquisition while Wolski recorded 18 points (6-12-18) in 18 games with the Coyotes.
Hired nine days before the start of the regular season, Tippett helped the Coyotes post an NHL-best 28-point gain over its 2008-09 total, edging Colorado's 26-point improvement. The Coyotes ranked third in the NHL in team defense (2.39 goals per game), up from 24th in 2008-09 (3.04), and were sixth in the League in penalty killing (84.5%).
Tippett became the 17th head coach in Coyotes/Jets franchise history when he was hired by the Club on Sept. 24, 2009 after spending the previous six seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars. In seven seasons as an NHL head coach, Tippett has guided his teams to the playoffs six times while compiling a record of 321-181-72. During that span, Tippett has registered the second-most regular season victories among all NHL head coaches.