Head coach Rick Tocchet and Arizona Coyotes agree to part ways

Rick Tocchet coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014. Photo By Michael Miller – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

May 9, 2021

GLENDALE, ARIZONA — Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes and Rick Tocchet have mutually agreed to part ways. Tocchet, whose contract expires on June 30, will not return as the Coyotes head coach next season. The Coyotes will begin their search for a new head coach immediately.

“After meeting with Rick, we have agreed that a coaching change is in the best interest of the club,” said Armstrong. “This was a very difficult decision, but we believe that it is time for a new direction and new leadership. Rick is a very good coach and an incredible person, and we sincerely appreciate all his hard work and dedication to the Coyotes the past four years. We are grateful for everything that he has done for our organization and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

“It’s been an honor to coach the Coyotes the past four seasons,” said Tocchet. “I have great respect and admiration for all the players I coached in Arizona, along with my coaching staff, the medical staff, the equipment managers, the PR staff and the team services staff. They are the best in the NHL, and I appreciate all their help and hard work. I also want to thank the fans of the Valley for all their support. I have loved living, playing, and coaching in Arizona and this place will always be special to me.”

The 57-year-old Tocchet was named as the Coyotes head coach on July 11, 2017. In four seasons with the club, he led the Coyotes to a record of 125-131-34 in 290 games. Last season, Tocchet led the Coyotes to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.


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