Jeff Twohey leaves Ari­zona Coy­otes

For­mer Petes GM is look­ing for a new hockey chal­lenge

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor Mike.Davies@pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Jeff Twohey is look­ing for a new op­por­tu­nity in hockey af­ter re­sign­ing as the Ari­zona Coy­otes’ as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of am­a­teur scout­ing on Thurs­day.

The Peter­bor­ough res­i­dent and for­mer Petes GM is the sec­ond high-rank­ing mem­ber of the Coy­otes’ am­a­teur scout­ing depart­ment to re­sign since Lind­say Hof­ford was named the Coy­otes’ as­sis­tant GM and di­rec­tor of scout­ing. Tim Bern­hardt, who hired Twohey, re­signed as di­rec­tor of am­a­teur scout­ing in Au­gust. Twohey, 58, was with the Coy­otes for seven years.

“Some­times when changes are made they just don’t work out,” said Twohey. “I had to make a de­ci­sion to do what was best for my­self. I de­cided at this point I wanted a change. I want to ex­plore some dif­fer­ent things. That’s why I made the de­ci­sion to leave. It was 100 per cent my de­ci­sion.”

Twohey said he en­joyed work­ing with Coy­otes GM John Chayka who he says asked him to re­con­sider.

“I’m com­fort­able with the de­ci­sion and I’m ex­cited about what other op­por­tu­ni­ties might be out there,” Twohey said.

He was in the fi­nal year of his con­tract and will for­feit his pay for the bal­ance of the sea­son.

“It was a de­ci­sion I came to over the week­end for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons,” he said. “To an­swer to my­self and be true to my­self I had to make this de­ci­sion. It be­came clear to me I needed to go in an­other di­rec­tion.”

It was a tough de­ci­sion, he said, be­cause he’s proud of the work he’s done in Ari­zona and feels the team is on the up­swing.

“I’ve had seven years in­vested in the Coy­otes and I think they’re re­ally mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. I think John Chayka is an out­stand­ing young gen­eral man­ager and it was hard to walk away from it,” he said.

“Tim Bern­hardt and I had a re­ally good staff there with good peo­ple. We worked hard at the scout­ing. Play­ers like Clay­ton Keller, Jakob Chy­chrun, Chris­tian Fis­cher, Dy­lan Strome are all play­ers who are there now play­ing. There are good play­ers in the Amer­i­can league and young play­ers like Bar­rett Hay­ton, who is a re­ally ex­cit­ing upand-com­ing player, and Kevin Bahl, a big de­fence­man in Ot­tawa, who has a bright fu­ture. They’ve got a lot of good prospects. Tim and I and the staff are proud of that.”

This is the first time in a ca­reer that has spanned 37 years that Twohey is on the open mar­ket of his own choos­ing.

Scout­ing re­mains a pas­sion but he’s open to other op­por­tu­ni­ties in hockey in­clud­ing me­dia where he’s dipped his toe in the past.

“I made a com­mit­ment to my­self to make my­self bet­ter and im­prove my­self,” he said. “I want to stay in hockey. It’s ob­vi­ously my life and I en­joy it. I en­joy work­ing with good peo­ple and in­ter­act­ing with good peo­ple. I hope I can get back whether it’s the NHL or ju­nior or what­ever.

“I think I have a lot to of­fer in hockey. I have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence whether it’s man­age­ment, scout­ing, de­vel­op­ment. I’ve been in­volved in all those ar­eas.”

FILE PHOTO

For­mer Petes and Oshawa GM Jeff Twohey has left his po­si­tion with the Ari­zona Coy­otes.

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