Coy­otes hire Toc­chet as head coach

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Ari­zona Coy­otes have hired Rick Toc­chet as head coach, turn­ing the team over to a man who helped the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins win the past two Stan­ley Cup ti­tles.

The 53-year-old Toc­chet, who spent the past three sea­sons as a Pitts­burgh as­sis­tant, played 18 sea­sons in the NHL and helped the Pen­guins win the Stan­ley Cup in 1992. Toc­chet spent one sea­son as an as­sis­tant to Coy­otes coach Wayne Gret­zky in 2005-06 and played parts of three sea­sons with the team from 1997 to 2000. Toc­chet’s con­tro­ver­sial de­par­ture from his Coy­otes coach­ing job did not fig­ure into the de­ci­sion to hire him, gen­eral man­ager John Chayka said.

Toc­chet was on a leave of ab­sence from his Coy­otes job in 2007 when he pleaded guilty in New Jer­sey to con­spir­acy to pro­mote gam­bling and pro­mot­ing gam­bling. He was sen­tenced to two years’ pro­ba­tion. Toc­chet briefly re­turned to the Coy­otes in 2008 be­fore be­ing hired as an as­sis­tant at Tampa Bay. He be­came in­terim head coach of the Light­ning and was head coach the next two sea­sons.

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