Coyotes promote 26-year-old Chayka to GM


The Arizona Coyotes have named John Chayka general manager as part of a major restructuring of the team’s front office. Chayka, who served as assistant general manager last season, is just 26 years old, making him the youngest general manager in league history.

The Coyotes also announced that alternate governor Gary Drummond will now serve as President of Hockey Operations and head coach Dave Tippett has been signed to an extension and will also take on the new role of Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.

“We’re very pleased to name John as our new General Manager,” Drummond said. “John is among the best and brightest minds in hockey. He is knowledgeable and driven and has an incredible passion for the game.”

Chayka served under former general manager Don Maloney last season, bringing a background in analytics to the table. He was involved in all areas of hockey operations, including player evaluation at the NHL, minor league and amateur levels. He was also involved with player development and coaching support. Maloney was relieved of his duties as general manager in early April.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity,” Chayka said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for [Drummond], [Tippett] and Anthony and I look forward to working with them. We are excited about the challenge ahead and focused on taking our team to the next level. We have a great core of players and prospects here and a very bright future ahead of us.”

Prior to joining the Coyotes, Chayka co-founded and served as Director of Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. Stathletes is a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and breaks down the game to provide objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.

“[Chayka] brings an innovative approach to assessing talent and looking at player development,” Drummond said. “Combined with his strong analytics expertise, we feel that he’s the right choice for the direction we want to go with our franchise.”

Under the organization’s new structure, Drummond will oversee the Coyotes’ hockey operations department, and coach Tippett, who signed a five-year extension, will be involved in hockey personnel decisions.

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