Jeff Twohey is moving up to the NHL.
The Phoenix Coyotes announced on Thursday that Twohey has been hired by club to be an amateur scout.
He brings a resume that includes 30 years of service with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes, for his last 17 years with the organization he served as their General Manager. With Twohey as GM, the Petes won two OHL Championships.
Twohey also served on the OHL’s Competitions Committee, Officiating Committee, Recruitment Committee, along with being the General Manager for a number of OHL and CHL All-Star events.
He also won the Bill Long Award in 2006, an achievement that recognizes outstanding contributions to the Ontario Hockey League.
Aucoin returns to Phoenix
It looks like “the closer” is going to be in brick red for another two seasons.
The Coyotes announced on Thursday that they have re-signed Adrian Aucoin to a two-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the organization, but according to Jim Gintonio’s Ice Chips Blog, the defenseman signed two-year, $4 million deal. That is a $250,000 pay cut from the 2009-10 season.
Aucoin recorded eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points and 56 penalty minutes while playing in all 82 games this past season. He also scored six shootout-winning goals, which was tops in the NHL and earned him the nickname “the closer.”
The native of Ottawa, Ontario also appeared in all seven of Phoenix’s playoff games, notching a pair of assists and 10 penalty minutes.
In total, Aucoin has played in 933 career NHL games, scoring 116 goals and 248 assists for 364 points and 683 penalty minutes.
Preseason schedule announced
On Thursday, the Coyotes released their 2010-11 preseason schedule, an eight-game campaign that will see them play two games at Jobing.com Arena.
Phoenix will open up the exhibition schedule on Tuesday, September 21 against the Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The Coyotes will also play two split-squad games. On Thursday, September 23 half the exhibition roster will host the Kings, while the other half will visit the Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Two nights later, half the roster will host the Sharks, while the other half will visit the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The ‘Yotes will finish up the North American leg of their exhibition schedule in Calgary and Edmonton on September 28 and 29 respectively.
Phoenix will conclude their exhibition schedule in Riga, Latvia on October 6 when the Coyotes play Dinamo Riga in preparation for their two season opening games against the Boston Bruins in Prague, Czech Republic. The full schedule is as follows:
Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Schedule
Ice Edge moves forward
According to the Associated Press, Ice Edge Holdings says it has given the City of Glendale the proof that they have the financing to purchase the Coyotes.
As part of the exclusivity deal reached on June 8, Ice Edge had 10 days to show Glendale the documents, or bidding would again be opened to anyone who wished to keep the team in the Valley.
The group of Canadian and American businessmen also met with NHL officials this week.
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