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Longtime NHL two-way forward and NHL head coach Dave Tippett was born August 25, 1961 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Unselected in the NHL Draft, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder played for the Prince Albert Raiders and two years of collegiate hockey at the University of North Dakota before turning professional.

The player went to play 721 regular season games (93 goals, 169 assists, 262 points, 317 penalty minutes) and 62 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs (six goals, 16 assists, 22 points, 34 penalty minutes) in the National Hockey League. He was a member of the Hartford Whalers for seven seasons before making stops with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Flyers.

Tippett spent the 1993-94 season with the Flyers after signing a one-year, $250,000 contract as a free agent on Aug. 30, 1993. He dressed in 73 games (missing 11 midseason games due to a broken bone in his left ankle), posting four goals (two were shorthanded goals) and 15 points.

After the season, Tippett was unable to catch on with another NHL team. He retired as an active player after spending the 1994-95 season in the IHL and then embarked on a successful head coaching career with the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. In 2015-16, Tippett surpassed the 1,000 NHL games coached milestone. He guided the 2007-08 Stars and 2011-12 Coyotes to the Western Conference Finals.