Arizona's Chayka becomes youngest GM in NHL history

Newly appointed Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka holds a game jersey after a news conference announcing his promotion, Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Chayka is the youngest GM in NHL history. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have made John Chayka the youngest general manager in NHL history and restructured their front office.

The 26-year-old Chayka was introduced as Arizona's next general manager on Thursday after serving one season as assistant GM to Don Maloney, who was fired in April after nine seasons.

Coach Dave Tippett also signed a five-year contract extension and will have added responsibilities in personnel decisions as executive vice president of hockey operations.

Coyotes alternate governor Gary Drummond will now serve as president of hockey operations and the team plans to add a veteran assistant general manager.

Chayka joined the Coyotes prior to last season after co-founding the hockey analytics firm Stathletes in 2009.