President of Hockey Operations, General Manager & Alternate Governor
John Chayka is in his third season with the Coyotes as General Manager and was promoted to President of Hockey Operations on July 12, 2017. He was named General Manager on May 5, 2016. At 26 years old, he became the youngest general manager in NHL and North American major sports history.
Chayka joined the Coyotes prior to the 2015-16 season as Assistant General Manager, Analytics. He was involved in all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support. Prior to joining the Coyotes, he co-founded and served as Director of Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. since 2009. Stathletes is a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and breaks down the game to provide objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.
The now 29-year-old native of Jordan Station, Ontario, earned his Bachelor's degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2014. Chayka was drafted to the Ontario Hockey League but committed to going to college instead. He played Junior "A" hockey in Canada and was a top scorer in the Maritime Junior "A" League. He also played briefly in the BCHL before suffering a career ending injury.
Chayka currently resides in Scottsdale with his wife Kathryn and daughter Capri.