Report: Rick Tocchet To Be Named Arizona Coyotes Head Coach

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SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 06: (L-R) Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Rick Tocchet stand on the bench in Game Four of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on June 6, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Coyotes head coaching search has come to an end. Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet will be the new head coach in Arizona. Arizona previously  parted ways with long-time head coach Dave Tippett right before the NHL Draft weekend in Chicago. They have been searching for his replacement ever since.

News started to break on this last week.

Confirmation came today.

Rick Tocchet Named Arizona Coyotes Head Coach

Tocchet has been one of the Penguins assistant coaches for the past three seasons, just under two full seasons under current head coach Mike Sullivan and a season and a bit under Mike Johnston.

Before becoming one of the Penguins assistant coaches, he provided commentary for the Philadelphia Flyers during intermissions for Comcast Sportsnet. He also was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010. He went 53-69-10 overall before being relieved of his duties.  Tocchet was previously an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche as well as the Lightning and the Coyotes.

“If a situation arises, I’d love a shot at it,” Tocchet told TSN during this year’s Stanley Cup final. “Listen, there’s a lot of great coaches out there. Every year, it seems, there’s a flavour of the year coach – whether it’s a guy in the minors or an assistant that’s winning.

“I think I’m a good coach. I can work with anybody chemistry-wise. If it works out, it works out. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’m lucky in the situation I’m in, this is the best job other than being a head coach, being with Mike and the Penguins.”

As a player, Tocchet played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1984-1992 before being traded to Pittsburgh, and playing from 1992-1997.  He also played for the Coyotes from 1997-2000. He then was an assistant coach in 2005 in Arizona under Wayne Gretzky no less.


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