Jim Playfair enters his fifth season as the Coyotes Associate Coach. He joined the organization on June 7, 2011 from Calgary where he spent 11 years as a coach with the Flames organization.
In his four seasons in Arizona, Playfair has assisted with the development of Oliver Ekman-Larsson who has emerged as one of the NHL’s premier defensemen. Ekman-Larsson made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance and tied the franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a season with 23 in 2014-15.
Playfair joined the Coyotes on June 7, 2011 from Calgary where he spent 11 years as a coach with the Flames organization. He was named the 14th head coach of the Calgary Flames on July 12, 2006. In his only season behind the bench (2006-07), Playfair led Calgary to an impressive 43-29-10 record (96 points) in the Northwest Division. He also served as Calgary’s associate coach (2007-09) and as an assistant coach (2003-06) with the Flames.
Playfair was the head coach of the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) from 2009-2011. In his two seasons at the helm, Playfair led the Heat to a 77-61-9-13 record (176 points).
He was appointed head coach of the Saint John Flames (AHL) on August 10, 2000. During the 2000-01 season, Playfair led Saint John to its first Calder Cup championship and was named the Minor League Professional Coach of the Year by The Hockey News. Over the course of three seasons (2000-01 to 2002-03) in Saint John, Playfair posted a record of 83-77-22-10.
A native of Fort St. James, British Columbia, Playfair played nine seasons of professional hockey including 21 games in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks. He was originally drafted by the Oilers in the first round (20th overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
Jim and his wife Roxanne have three sons: Dylan, Jackson and Austyn.