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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The NHL schedule makers have been mischievous in the early portion of the regular season. Seattle launched its NHL existence against Vegas, the league’s last expansion team, and the Kraken will face Salish Sea rival Vancouver in Seattle’s home opener at Climate Pledge Arena. To the east, Montreal and Toronto squared off in each team’s opener, just...

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When you talk to people in André Tourigny’s past, the attribute they cite most often is his ability to build relationships. “Sometimes, it’s just about honesty,” said former Coyote Alex Tanguay, who played for the Avalanche while Tourigny was an assistant coach there for two seasons. “You always want an honest answer from your coach. It might not be the...

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The NHL is nearly back to normal. While COVID-19 protocols remain in place for all 32 teams and some border restrictions still remain between Canada and the United States, there are signs of better days ahead. Media will be allowed to interview players in locker rooms instead of via the dreaded and sterile Zoom format. Arenas are returning to full...

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Ideally, the Coyotes’ Kraft Hockeyville game against the Dallas Stars in El Paso, Texas on Sunday would have served as the launching point for a much bigger announcement: an NHL game in Mexico. A robust 82.9 percent of El Paso’s population is Hispanic in origin, based on U.S. Census Bureau data, and Juarez, the city just across the Rio Grande...

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When Cole Brady looks back on his hockey playing career 20-some years from now, he probably won’t list the 12-month period between October 2020 and October 2021 as a highlight. While Brady posted a 2.55 goals against average and .929 save percentage in his final six starts to finish last season — including a 41-save shutout of Ohio State in...

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Coyotes goalie Carter Hutton has faced challenged for his entire hockey career. His latest may be his greatest yet.

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The Coyotes reduced their training camp roster to 29 players on Monday and there were no great surprises in the latest round of transactions. General manager Bill Armstrong assigned goaltender Ivan Prosvetov, center Jan Jeník and defensemen Janis Moser and Vladislav Kolyachonok to Tucson of the AHL. He assigned young goaltending prospect Anson Thornton to Sarnia of the OHL, and...

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I had about 50 minutes to get from the Coyotes’ preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena in Glendale, to Arizona State’s season opener against UMass Lowell in Tempe on Saturday. The drive took only about 25 minutes, but I didn’t account for another factor: the Oceanside factor. As I approached the arena, cars stretched north and...

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When Lawson Crouse took the podium at Coyotes media day on Sept. 22, he addressed the sweeping changes that the franchise witnessed this summer, and the low expectations that accompanied that roster overhaul. “My job is to go out there and be the best hockey player that I can,” Crouse said. “I control the things that I can control and...

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