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Arizona Coyotes Coaching Staff and General Manager 2023

By Abhay Acharya / 24 September 2023 11:00 AM

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Arizona Coyotes coaching staff 2023-24 season includes André Tourigny, Mario Duhamel, Blaine Forsythe, John Madden and Corey Schwab.

André Tourigny leads the panel as the 19th head coach of the franchise. Tourigny took over the role from Rick Tocchet on the 1st of July, 2021.

The 2020-21 season for the Coyotes was quite rough as they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2012. They finished fifth in the West Division and posted a merger record of 24-26-6. 

Following the disappointment, Rick Tocchet parted ways with the Coyotes upon mutual agreement on 9 May 2021, ending his 4 years tenure with the team from 2017-2021.

The Coyotes will be looking for a much-improved performance once the 2023-24 season begins, with the ultimate aim of lifting the Stanley Cup.

Arizona Coyotes Head Coach

André Tourigny assumed the role of Coyotes head coach on July 1, 2021. He previously served as an assistant coach for Ottawa and Colorado.

Tourigny began his career in 2002 as the general manager and head coach for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He served for the Huskies until 2013.

He worked as an assistant coach for the Canadian men's national under-20 ice hockey team, guiding them to clinch the silver medal at the IIHF World U20 Championship consecutively in 2010 and 2011.

Likewise, André led the team to a gold medal when he served as a head coach during the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup for the Canadian men's national U18 ice hockey team.

During the 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he again guided the Canadian junior team to the gold medal as an assistant coach.

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Following his success in 2020, he was re-elected by the Canadian Junior National Team as the head coach for the 2021 championship. Hockey Canada signed a year contract with him in 2021 to serve as an assistant coach or head coach in different international strifes. 

Besides his international escapades, Tourigny served under Patrick Roy as an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche in 2013, instigating his coaching career in the NHL. However, further down two seasons, he resigned from the Avalanche in search of the position of head coach. 

Following his resignation from Colorado, André joined the Ottawa Senators as an assistant coach in 2015 but got fired the following year. He then head coached the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads the same year as the franchise's ninth head coach for a season. 

Tourigny gained recognition during his tenure with the OHL's Ottawa 67's, joining the team as the vice president of hockey operations and head coach in 2018.  While with the 67's, he was named the OHL Coach of the Year twice during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

Arizona Coyotes Assistant Coaches

The Coyotes assistant coaches for the 2023-24 season along with their joining year are stated in the table below.

Assistant CoachJoining Year
Mario Duhamel2021
John Madden2022
Blaine Forsythe2023

Mario Duhamel

Mario Duhamel started in the NHL as a video coach for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013 to 2014 under the then-head coach Patrick Roy.

However, Duhamel began his coaching career in 2001 as an assistant coach for the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains of the QMAAA league. He coached the Riverains until 2004. 

Following that, Duhamel signed with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in 2005 to serve as an assistant coach in the QMJHL until 2008, grabbing the position of the head coach for the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs for a tenure of three years (2009 to 2012). 

Likewise, he too served as the head coach for the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques for a year in 2016. Moreover, he reigned as an Assistant GM for the 2015-16 season and led the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to the QMJHL championship, bringing home the Gilles-Courteau Trophy. 

The 2010-11 QMJHL Coach of the Year Award Finalist, served internationally for the Canada U17, U18, and U20 Teams as an assistant coach and brought home the Hlinka Gretzky Silver Cup during the 2019 International U18 Ice Hockey Tournament. 

Before joining the Coyotes, Mario served under the present Coyotes' head coach, André Tourigny as an assistant coach and an associate coach from 2017-20 in OHL's Ottawa 67's.

Blaine Forsythe

Blaine Forsythe instigated his career in coaching in 2002 as an assistant GM and assistant coach for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL.

Before coaching, Forsythe served as an assistant general manager for the Hitmen since 1998. During his rookie season with the Hitmen, he led the team to the 1998-99 WHL Championship. He ended his career with the Hitmen in 2005.

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Blaine then joined the Washington Capitals as a video coach in 2006. He was promoted to the assistant coach role before the 2007-08 season.

In his first season with the Capitals as an assistant coach, he guided the team to win the Southeast Division Championship and the President's Trophy in the 2007-08 season.

While serving the Capitals from 2006 to 2022, Blaine played a vital role in leading them to the title of the 2017-18 Stanley Cup championship.

John Madden

John Madden, the former 3 times Stanley Cup winner, began his NHL career as a center for the New Jersey Devils in 1998. He began coaching after a year of retirement in 2013 for the Florida Panthers. 

Madden secured his first two Stanley Cup Championships in 2000 and 2003 with the New Jersey Devils. He then signed a year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 and won his third championship with the Blackhawks in 2010. 

Following his retirement on 4th September 2012 as an NHL player, John joined the Montreal Canadiens the same day as a pro scout.

In 2013, Madden saw the beginning of his coaching career when he was signed by the Florida Panthers in the NHL as an assistant coach. However, shortly after 3 years, on the 13th of May 2016, he was fired from the club. 

Thereafter, John replaced the then-head coach Jared Bednar and joined the AHL's Cleveland Monsters in 2016 as the head coach. However, in May 2019, the franchise declared the release of Madden after a mutual agreement and his decision to pursue opportunities in the NHL. 

Lastly, John worked for two years with the San Jose Sharks in the NHL from 2020-22 as an assistant coach before joining the Coyotes in 2022. 

Arizona Coyotes General Manager

Bill Armstrong assumed the position of the Arizona Coyotes GM in September 2020. John Ferguson currently serves as the assistant GM.

As the 10th general manager for the franchise, Bill succeeded the interim GM Steve Sullivan, who for the time being looked after the GM post after the team and John Chayka parted ways in July. 

Armstrong has previous coaching escapades as the head coach for the Trenton Titans of the ECHL. Likewise, he served as an assistant coach primarily and then as a head coach for the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

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Before starting his coaching career, Bill played in the IHL as well as the AHL for nine seasons from 1990 to 1999. In addition, he was drafted in the 3rd round by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 NHL Draft.

Moreover, he played a vital role as an assistant general manager for the St. Louis Blues to lead the team in winning the Stanley Cup title in 2019. He assumed that role with the Blues in 2018, after serving the team as a director of amateur scouting since 2010. 

Armstrong signed a multi-year contract extension with the Coyotes on 6 September 2023, displaying his contributions to restructuring and rebuilding the team for the past three years.