GLENDALE, Ariz - The Arizona Coyotes have found their new head coach.
On Tuesday morning, the team announced that they have signed former Coyotes player Rick Tocchet to a multi-year contract.
Tocchet becomes the 18th head coach in franchise history.
Good to have you home, Coach. pic.twitter.com/66fZreZQP3— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 11, 2017
"We are very pleased to name Rick as our new head coach," said General Manager John Chayka in a release. "Rick is an excellent coach and a proven winner. While with the Penguins, he won a Stanley Cup as a player and two cups as a coach. He's experienced, knowledgeable and is a great leader and communicator. He's also a former Coyotes player and assistant coach and the perfect fit for us. We're thrilled to have him re-join our organization."
Tocchet played in 18 seasons in the NHL, including parts of three seasons with the Coyotes from 1997-2000. He totaled 64-66-130 and 371 penalty minutes (PIM) in 213 games in Phoenix.