The Arizona Coyotes have inked contracts with an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager.
Phil Housley signed a multiyear contract to serve as an assistant coach on head coach Rick Tocchet’s staff. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
“Phil is a great addition to our coaching staff,” said John Chayka, the Arizona Coyotes’ president of hockey operations and general manager.
“His experience as a player, combined with his success overseeing defensive units, make him a perfect fit for this job. We’re all excited to work with him and leverage his knowledge of the game to make us better.”
Tocchet called Housley a “tremendous coach and his experience and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to our defensemen.”
Housley served as the Buffalo Sabres head coach for the past two years. The 55-year-old native of St. Paul, Minnesota, previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators, helping guide the team to their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2017.
“I would like to thank John Chayka and Rick Tocchet for this opportunity to join the Coyotes organization,” Housley said. “I played with Rick and John MacLean, and I look forward to working with them and a fantastic coaching staff. I’m very passionate about developing young players and winning, and I look forward to coaching a very talented defensive corps.”
Prior to coaching in the NHL, Housley spent time coaching for Team USA at the international level, serving as an assistant coach at two IIHF World Junior Championships and three IIHF World Championships. Most notably, he served as the head coach when Team USA won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
A seven-time NHL All-Star (1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000), Housley won a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic games with Team USA. He was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
Scott Walker will be the club’s special assistant to the general manager.
Walker, 45, joins the Coyotes hockey operations department after spending four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as the team’s director of player development. Prior to his time in Vancouver, Walker served as the head coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2010-2015, winning the OHL championship in 2014.
On the international stage, the Cambridge, Ontario, native has captured two gold medals, first as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and then as an assistant coach at the 2015 World Junior Championship. He also helped Canada win a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The former NHL forward spent 15 seasons in the league, registering 151-246-397 and 1,162 penalty minutes (PIM) in 829 career games with the Canucks, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals.
The Coyotes also announced Jake Goldberg has been promoted to assistant to the general manager; Phil McRae has been named the director of North American amateur scouting; and Bryan Stewart is the Coyotes’ director of pro scouting.
Goldberg enters this third season with the Coyotes, spending the last two years as the club’s director of hockey operations. He joined the Coyotes in 2017 after four seasons with the London Knights (OHL) where he served as the team’s assistant director of scouting and assistant general manager and director of analytics.
McRae will oversee the Coyotes’ regional amateur scouts in North America. He spent the past season as an amateur scout for the Coyotes and has previously worked as an amateur scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stewart will oversee all regional pro scouts covering the NHL and AHL. He spent the past two seasons working as a pro scout for the Coyotes and has over 13 years of pro scouting experience with various NHL teams.