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Dave Tippett
Born August 25, 1961 (1961-08-25) (age 60)
Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1983–1995

Dave Tippett (born David G. Tippett on August 25, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the current head coach of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He is the sixth head coach of the Coyotes and the 21st coach in the Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise.

Dave is also a former left winger who played in the NHL from 1983 to 1994 for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals.

Playing Career[]

Prince Albert Raiders[]

Dave began playing with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in the 1979–80 season.

In his first year with the team, Tippett scored 53 goals and 125 points in 60 games. In the playoffs, he continued with the very strong offensive numbers, scoring 19 goals and 40 points in 25 games.

Dave returned to the Raiders for the 1980–81 season, and once again had an excellent season, scoring 42 goals and 110 points in 60 games. In 24 playoff games, he had 20 goals and 45 points.

University of North Dakota[]

After two seasons with the Raiders, Dave joined the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

In his first season with the team in 1981–82, he 13 goals and 41 points in 43 games.

Dave was the captain of the team, as they won the Frozen Four championship. He played a second season with the Fighting Sioux in 1982–83, improving his offensive numbers to 15 goals and 46 points in 36 games with North Dakota.

Team Canada[]

Dave spent the 1983–84 hockey season with Team Canada, where he appeared in 66 games, scoring 14 goals and 33 points. He played for Canada at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, scoring a goal and two points in seven games.

After the Olympics, on February 29, 1984, Dave left the national team and signed as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Hartford Whalers[]

Dave finished the 1983–84 season with the Whalers, playing in 17 games and registering four goals and six points. He spent the entire 1984–85 season in Hartford, appearing in all 80 games, scoring seven goals and 19 points, even though the Whalers failed to qualify for the 1985 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The 1985–86 season saw Dave once again appear in all 80 games with the Whalers, as he improved his offensive totals to 14 goals and 34 points, helping the team into the 1986 playoffs.

In his first post-season experience in the NHL, he had two goals and four points in ten games as Hartford eventually lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Whalers won the Adams Division in 1986–87 as Dave chipped in with nine goals and 31 points while playing in all 80 games again. In the 1987 playoffs, the Whalers were upset in six games in the first round to the Quebec Nordiques as he was held to two assists in the series.

In 1987–88, Dave improved his numbers from the previous season, scoring 16 goals and 37 points, playing in all 80 games for the club. In six playoff games, he was held pointless.

Dave had his best offensive season in 1988–89 as he scored a career high 17 goals and 41 points, appearing in all 80 games again for Hartford, helping them into the playoffs. In four post-season games, he had an assist.

In 1989–90, Dave saw his offensive totals fall to only eight goals and 27 points, his lowest totals since his first full NHL season, while appearing in 66 games, the first time in his career that he missed any games due to injuries. In seven playoff games, he had a goal and four points.

On September 30, 1990, the Whalers traded Dave to the Washington Capitals for the Capitals' sixth-round draft pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Washington Capitals[]

In Dave's first season with the Capitals, in 1990–91, he played in 61 games, scoring only six goals and 15 points, his lowest totals since 1983–84.

He had a solid playoff performance, however, scoring two goals and five points in ten games, helping the Capitals to the second round of the playoffs.

In 1991–92, Dave appeared in only 30 games, scoring two goals and 12 points. He left the team to join Team Canada for the 1992 Winter Olympics held in Albertville, France. In seven games with Canada, He had a goal and three points as the Canadians won the silver medal.

Dave returned to the Capitals for the rest of the regular season and in seven playoff games, he had an assist.

After the season, Dave became a free agent and on August 25, 1992, he signed a contract with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins[]

In 1992–93, Dave had his best offensive season since 1989–90, as he scored six goals and 25 points in 74 games, helping the Penguins win the Presidents' Trophy.

In the playoffs, he had a goal and five points in 12 games as Pittsburgh lost to the New York Islanders in the second round.

Dave became a free agent after the season, and on August 30, 1993, he was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia Flyers[]

Dave appeared in 73 games with the Flyers in the 1993–94 season, scoring four goals and 15 points, however, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

He once again became a free agent at the end of the season and signed with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL) as a player and an assistant coach.

Houston Aeros[]

In the 1994–95 season, Dave (as a player-coach) played in 75 games with the Aeros, scoring 18 goals and 66 points. In four playoff games, he had a goal and three points.

After the season, Dave announced his retirement from hockey. In 721 career NHL games, he scored 93 goals and 262 points in a career lasting from 1983 to 1994.

Coaching Career[]

Houston Aeros[]

Dave was a player-assistant coach with the Aeros during the 1994–95 season, however, he decided to retire from playing, and began the 1995–96 season as just an assistant coach.

After the Aeros started off the season with a 12–27–3 record, the team fired Head Coach Terry Ruskowski and named Dave as his replacement.

Dave guided the Aeros to a 17–18–5 record even though the team failed to make the playoffs. In 1996–97, he began his first full season as head coach of the club as the Aeros improved to a 44–30–8 record, earning 94 points, which was a 28-point improvement over the previous season.

In the playoffs, the Aeros quickly swept the Las Vegas Thunder in three games, followed by a five-game series win over the San Antonio Dragons in the second round. Houston then lost to the Long Beach Ice Dogs in the Western Conference finals in five games.

The Aeros had a very solid season in 1997–98, as the team went 50–22–10, earning 110 points, which was a 16-point improvement over the previous season. In the playoffs, however, Houston was upset by the Milwaukee Admirals in four games.

Dave returned to Houston for the 1998–99, and the team finished with the best record in the league, going 54–15–13, getting 121 points.

In the playoffs, the heavily favoured Aeros had a bye in the first round, followed by a close best-of-five series against the Long Beach Ice Dogs in which Houston prevailed with a win in the decisive Game 5.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Chicago Wolves took the Aeros to seven games with Houston winning the seventh game 4–1 to advance the team to the 1999 Turner Cup Finals.

In the final round, the Aeros faced the Orlando Solar Bears, and in a series that once again went the limit, the Aeros defeated Orlando in Game 7 by a 5–3 score to capture the championship.

Dave was named the IHL Coach of the Year, while the Aeros won the Fred A. Huber Jr. Memorial Trophy for having the best record in the League during the regular season.

Los Angeles Kings[]

After spending five years as an assistant coach and head coach of the Aeros, Dave was hired as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings by their new head coach, Andy Murray.

In the 1999–2000 season, the Kings saw a 25-point improvement as the team went 39–27–12–4, helping the club make the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs where they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.

The Kings had another successful season in 2000–01 as they went 38–28–13–3, getting 92 points, and a playoff position for the second straight season.

In the post-season, the Kings defeated the heavily favoured Detroit Red Wings in six games in the first round, eventually losing a seven-game series against the Colorado Avalanche in the second round.

Los Angeles improved in the 2001–02 season, reaching 40 wins with a 40–27–11–4 record, earning 95 points. In a rematch against the Avalanche in the 2002 playoffs, the Kings once again lost in seven games, this time in the first round.

Dallas Stars[]

On May 16, 2002, the Dallas Stars named Dave as the new head coach of the team. The Stars were coming off a disappointing 2001–02, as the club failed to make the playoffs.

In his first season with the club in 2002–03, he led the Stars to a 46–17–15–4 record, finishing in first place in the Pacific Division with 111 points, which represented a 21-point improvement over the previous year.

In the first round of the 2003 playoffs, Dallas eliminated the Edmonton Oilers in six games, before losing in six games to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the second round.

The Stars point total slipped in the 2003–04 season as Dallas went 41–26–13–2, earning 97 points and a fifth-place finish in the Western Conference. In the first round of the post-season, the Stars lost in five games to the Colorado Avalanche.

The 2004-05 NHL lockout cancelled the entire season, but when NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Dave led the Stars to a 53–23–6 record, earning 112 points, the second-highest total in the Conference and a 15-point increase over the last season. Dallas' playoff run ended quickly, however, as they were upset by Colorado in five games in the first round.

Dave joined an exclusive club during the 2006–07, as he led the Stars to a 50–25–7 record, earning 107 points. He joined Mike Babcock (Detroit), Scotty Bowman (Montreal), Tom Johnson (Boston), Mike Keenan (Philadelphia), Glen Sather (Edmonton) and Fred Shero (Philadelphia) as head coaches who led their teams to back-to-back 50-win seasons.

In the 2007 playoffs, the Stars fell to the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the first round. In 2007–08, the Stars once again had a great regular season, going 45–30–7, earning 97 points and finishing in fifth place in the Conference.

In the 2008 playoffs, Dallas defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in six games in the first round, followed by another six-game series victory over the San Jose Sharks in the second round.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Stars faced the Detroit Red Wings, who ended the Stars' season after winning the series in six games.

Dallas had a tough season in 2008–09, as the team finished with a 36–35–11 record, earning 83 points and failing to make the 2009 playoffs.

On June 10, 2009, the Stars fired Dave as head coach, replacing him with Marc Crawford.

Phoenix\Arizona Coyotes[]

On September 24, 2009, Dave took over the coaching duties of the Phoenix Coyotes after Wayne Gretzky resigned from the position earlier that day. He took over a team that was facing a large amount of adversity about its future in Phoenix.

During the previous season, team owner Jerry Moyes had secretly turned over operational control of the team to the NHL due to mounting losses.

In May, Moyes tried to declare bankruptcy and sell the team to BlackBerry developer Jim Balsillie, who intended to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario. However, the NHL contended that Moyes and Balsillie had violated league rules, prompting them to take full control of the team.

In his first season with the Coyotes in 2009–10, the team overcame its off-ice troubles to finish with a club-record 50 wins, as they went 50–25–7, earning 107 points, a 28-point improvement over the 2008–09 season and helping the Coyotes to their first playoff berth since the 2001–02 season. Phoenix faced the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

Although the Coyotes had home-ice advantage for the first time since 1985 (when they were still the Winnipeg Jets) it was the Red Wings who came out victorious, defeating the Coyotes in seven games.

After the season, Dave won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.

In 2010–11, Dave led the Coyotes to the playoffs once again, as they had a 43–26–13 record, earning 99 points and sixth place in the Western Conference.

Phoenix once again faced the Red Wings in the first round, however, and the Red Wings quickly ended the Coyotes' season with a four-game series sweep.

In 2011–12, Dave led the Coyotes to the Pacific Division title — the franchise's first as an NHL team, and their first of any sort since the Jets won the 1978–79 World Hockey Association (WHA) regular-season title.

With a 42–27–13 record and 97 points, they were the third seed in the Western Conference. They defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in six games for the franchise's first playoff series win since 1987.

In the Western Conference Semi-finals, they defeated the Nashville Predators in five games, thus notching more playoff series wins than they had in their entire NHL history. Their run ended with a five-game loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in the Conference Finals.

The lockout-shortened, 48-game season in 2012–13 was a more difficult year for Dave and the Coyotes.

Racked with injuries and off-ice trouble, the team did not make playoffs for the first time during Dave's tenure, finishing the season at 21–18–9, missing the post-season by five points.

Despite the difficulties of the season the Coyotes re-signed him to a long-term contract on June 21, 2013.

In the 2014-15 season, the Coyotes finished in last place in the Western Conference, but Dave was retained as the head coach following the season.

Coaching Record[]

Team Year Regular season Post-season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
DAL 2002–03 82 49 17 15 4 111 1st in Pacific Lost in conference semifinals
DAL 2003–04 82 41 26 13 2 97 2nd in Pacific Lost in round 1
DAL 2005–06 82 53 23 6 112 1st in Pacific Lost in round 1
DAL 2006–07 82 50 25 7 107 3rd in Pacific Lost in round 1
DAL 2007–08 82 45 30 7 97 3rd in Pacific Lost in conference finals
DAL 2008–09 82 36 35 11 83 3rd in Pacific Missed playoffs
PHX 2009–10 82 50 25 7 107 2nd in Pacific Lost in round 1
PHX 2010–11 82 43 26 13 99 3rd in Pacific Lost in round 1
PHX 2011–12 82 42 27 13 97 1st in Pacific Lost in conference finals
PHX 2012–13 48 21 18 9 51 4th in Pacific Missed playoffs
PHX 2013–14 82 37 30 15 89 4th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Arizona Coyotes


82 24 50 8 56 7th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Total 950 488 332 28 102 .582 3 division titles 33-41


  • 1982-83: All-WCHA Second Team
  • 1999: IHL Coach of the Year
  • 2010: Jack Adams Award