Dave Tippett enters his fourth season as the Coyotes Head Coach. Tippett was named the 17th head coach in Coyotes/Jets franchise history on September 24, 2009.
In 2011-12, Tippett led the Coyotes to an impressive 42-27-13 record (97 points), and the franchise’s first division title. Highly regarded as one of the best head coaches in the NHL, Tippett also led the club to its third-consecutive postseason appearance. Under his leadership, the Coyotes won their first postseason series - defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals - since arriving in the desert (1996). The Coyotes enjoyed a productive run in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, reaching the Western Conference Final. During his tenure, the Coyotes have posted a record of 67-25-32 in one-goal games. He collected his 400th career head coaching victory at Edmonton on March 18, 2012. Tippett’s overall record of 135-78-33 (303 points) in 246 regular season games with Phoenix ranks as the highest points percentage (.616) of any head coach in franchise history.
In 2010-11, Tippett led the Coyotes to a 43-26-13 record and 99 points in 2010-11. It marked the first time in franchise history that the Coyotes had recorded consecutive seasons with 40-plus wins and posted back-to-back 95-point plus seasons. In addition, the Coyotes reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season, marking the first time the franchise qualified for the postseason in back-to-back years since the 1998-99/1999-2000 campaigns.
Hired just nine days prior to the start of the 2009-10 regular season, Tippett guided the Coyotes to a record of 50-25-7 for 107 points, shattering franchise records for wins and points in a single season while qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002, finishing with the third-most points in the Western Conference. The successful season culminated in Tippett being honored with the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.
Under Tippett’s leadership, the Coyotes allowed the fewest goals in the Western Conference in 2009-10 (202), ranked sixth in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (84.5%), set a new franchise record with a 10-game home winning streak from Nov. 21 to Dec. 29, and tied the franchise record with a nine-game winning streak from Mar. 4-21.
In nine seasons as an NHL Head Coach, Tippett has compiled a record of 406-234-98. His 406 victories behind the bench represent the second-most wins by an NHL coach over that span (Mike Babcock, 419), as well as the second-most wins by a coach through his first nine seasons in NHL history (Babcock, 419). Tippett has guided his teams to postseason berths in eight of his nine NHL seasons while also compiling four 100-point seasons, three 50-win seasons and five 40-win seasons.
Prior to joining the Coyotes, the 51-year-old Tippett spent six seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars, from 2002-03 to 2008-09, posting a record of 271-156-65. Under Tippett’s leadership, the Stars won two Pacific Division titles (2002-03 and 2005-06), made the playoffs in five out of six seasons and advanced to the 2008 Western Conference Final. Tippett’s 271 career regular season coaching victories rank second all-time in Stars history.
During Tippett’s tenure in Dallas, the Stars finished in the top-10 in goal-scoring three times and finished no worse than sixth in the NHL in goals against in five of his six seasons, including ranking in the top three on three occasions (2006-07, 2003-04 and 2002-03).
In 2002-03, his first season as an NHL Head Coach, Tippett led the Stars to the best record in the Western Conference and second-best record in the league while also guiding Dallas to its sixth Division title in seven seasons. With a record of 46-17-15-4 for 111 points, Tippett posted what was then the fourth-highest point total by a rookie coach in NHL history.
Tippett joined the Stars organization on May 16, 2002 after serving as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings the previous three seasons. The Kings qualified for the playoffs in all three of Tippett’s seasons with the club after having made the postseason just once in six seasons prior to Tippett’s arrival.
Prior to becoming a coach, the native of Moosomin, Saskatchewan played 11 years as a forward in the National Hockey League with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. In 721 career NHL games, he registered 93 goals and 169 assists for 262 points with 317 penalty minutes.
During his playing career with Hartford, Tippett served as an alternate captain and earned the Community Service, Unsung Hero, Mr. Hustle and Best Defensive Forward awards. In 1988-89, he registered career highs in goals (17), assists (24) and points (41). Internationally, he captained the 1984 Canadian Olympic Team in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and earned a silver medal as a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in Albertville, France in 1992. While at the University of North Dakota, he was a member of the 1982 NCAA Division I Championship squad.
Tippett concluded his playing career in 1995 as a player-assistant coach with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL). He served as Houston’s Head Coach from 1995-96 to 1998-99, building a reputation as a highly-regarded coach with a tremendous work ethic while leading the Aeros to two 50-win seasons. In 1999, Tippett led Houston to the Turner Cup Championship while being named the IHL Coach of the Year as well as leading the team to the Fred A. Huber Jr. Memorial Trophy by compiling the league’s best regular season record (54-15-13). At the 1998 IHL All-Star Game, he was the co-coach of the victorious Western Conference squad.
Dave and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters: Nicole and Natalie.
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