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Tippett to Coach 1,000th NHL Game Tuesday vs. LA

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


Monday, February 1, 2016

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett will coach his 1,000th NHL game as a head coach tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb. 2) when the Coyotes host the Los Angeles Kings. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Gila River Arena. Tippett will become only the 24th coach in NHL history to coach 1,000 games. He currently ranks 8th among all active coaches in games and is 20th on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list (512).

NHL Active Coaches Games List

1. Joel Quenneville- 1,428

2. Lindy Ruff- 1,379

3. Ken Hitchcock- 1,374

4. Barry Trotz- 1,325

5. Paul Maurice- 1,250

6. Darryl Sutter- 1,170

7. Alain Vigneault- 1,019

8. Dave Tippett- 999

9. Mike Babcock- 998

10. John Tortorella- 980

In his six and a half seasons as head coach with the Coyotes, Tippett has compiled a 241-196-70 record (552 points) and led the team to three postseason appearances. Tippett is the longest tenured and all-time winningest coach in franchise history while his .544 points percentage is the highest of any head coach in team history. He became the 30th head coach in NHL history to coach in 900 games on Dec. 20, 2014 at Los Angeles. Tippett collected his 500th career head coaching victory versus Calgary on Nov. 27, 2015. He was named the 17th head coach in franchise history on Sept. 24, 2009.

In 2011-12, Tippett led the Coyotes to an impressive 42-27-13 record (97 points), and the franchise’s first division title. Highly regarded as one of the best head coaches in the NHL, Tippett also led the club to its third-consecutive postseason appearance. Under his leadership, the Coyotes reached the Western Conference Final. In 2010, Tippett was honored with the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.

Prior to joining the Coyotes, the 54-year-old Tippett spent six seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars, posting a record of 271-156-65. Under Tippett’s leadership, the Stars won two Pacific Division titles (2002-03 and 2005-06), made the playoffs in five out of six seasons, and advanced to the 2008 Western Conference Final. Tippett’s first NHL game as a head coach was on Oct. 9, 2002 versus the Colorado Avalanche (a 1-1 tie in Denver). He went on to lead the Stars to a 46-17-15-4 record (111 points) and a first place finish in the Pacific Division.

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