Jim Playfair is back in the NHL as associate coach of the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix General Manager Don Maloney
announced Monday the Coyotes have signed Playfair to a multi-year contract, the terms of which were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased to welcome Jim to the Coyotes organization," Maloney said in a press release. "Jim is a tremendous coach with a wealth of experience and I am confident that he will be a great addition to our coaching staff."
Prior to joining the Coyotes, Playfair spent the last 11 seasons in the Calgary Flames
organization as a coach. From 2009-2011, he was coach of the Abbotsford Heat, their AHL affiliate. His resignation from that position was announced by the organization Monday.
"We would like to thank Jim for his years of service within the Flames organization and wish him well in his future endeavors," Calgary GM Jay Feaster said in a press release.
Playfair served as coach of the Flames during the 2006-07 season and led them to an impressive 43-29-10 record and 96 points in the Northwest Division. Prior to that, he was as an assistant coach for three seasons beginning on January 3, 2003.
"Jim is an excellent coach and we are thrilled to have him join our staff," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett
said in a press release. "He has great communication skills and we are confident that he will be able to contribute in many areas."
A native of Fort St. James, British Columbia, Playfair played nine seasons of professional hockey including 21 games in the NHL with Edmonton and Chicago after being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers
in the first round (No. 20) of the 1982 Entry Draft.
He captained the Indianapolis Ice (IHL) to the 1990 Turner Cup championship but was forced to retire from playing due to an eye injury suffered during the 1991-92 campaign. As a junior player, Playfair played two seasons with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) before finishing his junior career as a member of the Calgary Wranglers in 1984. He also played for Portland’s 1983 Memorial Cup Championship team.