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Phoenix Coyotes: April in Review

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will man the helm of Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will man the helm of Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
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On April 28th Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving was hired by the Calgary Flames to fill their vacant general manager spot. Treliving had spent the previous seven-seasons with Phoenix working side by side with current general manager Don Maloney. Per a team report, the Coyotes have not determined how to fill the void left by Treliving’s departure.

"I'd like to find someone who fits for us," Maloney said in team report on April 29, 2014, "and it might not be somebody who sits in the office next to mine, it might be someone who is out in the field more than he's in the office here... I've lost a confidant, and now I'm looking for somebody to fill that role. And it may be more than one person. It may be a couple of people beefing up our hockey IQ out in the field."

Four days earlier the Arizona Senate denied Coyotes fans the chance to have license plates adorned with their favorite team. In a 14-14 vote the Arizona Senate failed to pass a bill that would have offered Arizona Coyotes license plates, per a published report. The Coyotes license would have cost $25 per year and $17 of it would have gone to team charities.

After the losing the vote the Coyotes responded on Facebook:

We are very disappointed that the Arizona Senate did not approve ‪#‎Coyotes‬ license plates (14-14 vote).

A special thanks to the House and Governor Jan Brewer for being so supportive.

The Coyotes will continue to try and get our license plate bill passed. Charities are the losers here for absolutely no reason.

On April 16 Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett was named head coach of the Canadian National Team that will participate in the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, per a team report. The IIHF World Championship will take place in Minsk, Belarus from May 9-25. Tippett is excited to coach the team despite one of the factors for his selection.

"It’s not ideal because the only reason you get the job is because your team misses the playoffs and our team missed the playoffs," Tippett said. "But on the other side of it, it’s a great opportunity.”

Tippett has been a head coach in the NHL for 11-seasons. Tippett was hired by Phoenix in 2009 and in his five-seasons the Coyotes have made the playoffs three times, including the team’s first division title in 2011-12. In 2010 he was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year.

Before being named Coyotes head coach in 2009 he was at the helm of the Dallas Stars for six-seasons. While in Dallas the Stars made the playoffs six-times.

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