Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have added three scouts to their hockey operations department. Jim Hammett joins the Coyotes as an amateur scout covering the Western Hockey League; Rick Beckfeld will serve as an amateur scout based in Minnesota; and Sergei Kuznetsov will scout for the Coyotes in Russia.
The Coyotes also announced today that Brett Stewart has joined the organization as a European Player Development Coach and Brad Rossen has been named as the Director of Statistical Science. Al Ambrosia has been added as the Coyotes Hockey Operations Coordinator.
“We are extremely pleased to add these quality individuals to our hockey operations department,” said Chayka. “Our ownership group is committed to winning and we appreciate them providing us with the additional resources to help improve our roster on and off the ice.”
Chayka is filling things out on the ice and off of it as we come down the home stretch of the offseason.
Dawn Braid understands the historical significance of her hiring as the NHL’s first full-time female coach. So do the Coyotes, even if they tastefully avoided trumpeting her hiring last week as a victory for women or a symbol of their progressive thinking.
With 2016-2017 being one of the most anticipated in recent history and excitement surrounding the Phoenix Suns’ new draft picks, the next eight months will be fun to watch regardless of the Suns’ position in the Western Conference.