Tippett to coach Coyotes

STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

Dave Tippett will be named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes at an afternoon news conference.

The veteran National Hockey League coach takes over from Wayne Gretzky, who announced his resignation earlier in the day. Tippett coached the Dallas Stars for six seasons, never finishing below .500 and with his teams finishing with more than 95 points in five of his seasons in Dallas.

He will be assisted by Dave King, who coached him with the Canadian Olympic team and former Olympic team goaltender, Sean Burke. Tippett was once considered a protege of King's, and when King was named assistant coach recently the rumours of Tippett's hiring began to emerge.

It isn't known if current interim coach Ulf Samuelsson will be part of the coaching package - but it's assumed he will be.

Tippett had an impressive 271-156-28-37 record with the Stars, missing the playoffs only once. The Coyotes have not been in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2000 and have never won a round since moving to Phoenix.


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