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John Chayka Signs A Long-Term Deal In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Alex Meruelo announced today that the Coyotes have signed President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka to a long-term extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are extremely pleased to sign John to a long-term contract extension," said Meruelo.  "John is one of the brightest and hardest-working general managers in the entire NHL and over the past four seasons, he has done an excellent job of rebuilding our franchise and transforming the Coyotes into a contender. I am fully confident that John is the right person to lead us moving forward and help us bring the Stanley Cup to Arizona."

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The Arizona Coyotes Are Improving Under John Chayka’s Direction

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

In his short time in charge, Chayka has traded for goalies Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper; forwards Derek Stepan, Alex Galchenyuk, Richard Panik and Vinnie Hinostroza; and defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Jordan Oesterle.

“We’ve made a lot of moves, and now they are accumulating to mean something,” Chayka said.

He also drafted forward Clayton Keller and extended defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on an eight-year, $66 million contract when many in the media were predicting Ekman-Larsson would leave as a free agent after this season.

"It was rewarding (that Ekman-Larsson stayed),” Chayka said. “He could have signed with 30 other teams and gotten as much money, if not more. He had leverage. …The fact he was willing to sign here long-term was a big vote of confidence for our ownership, myself, the coaching staff. It validated a lot of things we are trying to do.”

What the Coyotes are trying to do is ignite a fan base by qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

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added 8:33am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

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John Chayka’s First Year As The GM For The Arizona Coyotes

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Ottawa Citizen,

While taking in a Panthers game on break from the NHL general managers in Florida earlier this month, the youngest GM in pro sports history picked the brain of one of hockey's greatest players and savviest managers.

John Chayka wanted to know how Steve Yzerman went about constructing Team Canada's Olympic and world championship teams, and how the process helped him develop as a manager.

"And I don't know how much it helps me in my situation in Arizona too much...(but) at the same time I think you can always apply logic or learn no matter what the background is," Chayka said of conversations with the hall of famer and Tampa Bay Lightning GM.

The Arizona Coyotes' 27-year-old GM has tried to absorb as many lessons as possible in his first year on the job, from building relationships with more experienced colleagues to handling trade talks at the deadline to figuring out how to best to manage time. It's all new for the Jordan Station, Ont., native, a shocking hire by the Coyotes at age 26 last spring.

The GMs fraternity in the NHL is prototypical of an old boys club, populated by former players, coaches and managers. The average age of the other 30 GMs is 54 with the oldest of the group, 74-year-old Lou Lamoriello, hired into the league in 1987 before Chayka was even born in 1989.


Chayka hints that his age has been "an issue" in his first-year dealings as GM, nothing malicious, he says, "but there is the reality that you are the youngest person in the room."

Still, he contends that his unique viewpoint serves as a helpful counterbalance in trades with some of his fellow GMs because his wants and needs may differ from competitors.

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Morning Line- John Chayka

“We’re not striving for mediocrity here. We’re striving to be the best, so I want my guys to focus on the process of getting better every day. I know it’s a cliche but I really feel like if we take care of our own business here, we can improve and have a real strong season where we can kind of earn that right to be proud and confident in our group and our organization and believe that we can be the best.

“I want guys that dictate the outcome and feel like if we play our game, we can win every night.”

-John Chayka, GM of the Arizona Coyotes.  Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports has more on the Coyotes.

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All about Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka

From the Associated Press:

His time on the ice done, John Chayka would turn to the tape, spending up to 25 hours to break down the game just played.

He tracked every player on the ice, every possession, touch of the puck, calculating the impact of every decision or movement on the ice.

The attention to detail, to making himself and his teammates better, led Chayka to co-found his own hockey analytics company. Now it's helped him become the youngest general manager in NHL history, a meteoric rise even he didn't see coming.

''It would be silly to suggest it wasn't a little surprising,'' said Chayka, named GM of the Arizona Coyotes on May 5. ''It's like anything in life; good fortune, good timing, a lot of that plays into it. I always just try to better myself every day, learn every day.''

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All John Chayka

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka:

Just the other day you signed Luke Schenn. You already signed Alex Goligoski this offseason. Obviously you have Oliver Ekman-Larsson. What is the philosophy behind the defense that you're building in Arizona and where do you think it is now in relation to what it was last season?

"The philosophy is fairly simple. It's when we don't have the puck, recover the puck as quickly as possible. There are all kinds of different forms where you can gain possession of the puck, some of them are physical and some of them are non-physical, so I think you need a blend to have both. Once you get the puck back it's to transition the puck. Defense isn't about defending, it's about getting the puck in the forwards' hands and getting the puck moving into the offensive zone. It's about transitioning. That's the philosophy and that's been the theme behind the moves that we're making, let's get players who can get pucks back and get pucks up to forwards in an efficient and effective manner. We think we've taken strides here. We hope there is an improvement. We believe there will be an improvement. Now it's about continuing to look to tweak it. We also have Anthony DeAngelo on the back end. We traded for him and we think he's a real treat for forwards to play with because he gets them the puck in positions where they can be successful and he can join the rush himself. We're hoping for an impact from him at some point in this season. We're hopeful that the whole group can continue to grow together.

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Welcome John Chayka

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Ready or not, the humbled and grateful Chayka steps in after emerging as the best of 10-to-12 candidates ownership spoke to for the gig. This after just one season as an assistant GM in Arizona, where his work touched "all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support."

Experienced, life-long hockey men such as Paul Fenton, Mike Futa, Julien BriseBois, and Les Jackson (reportedly the one candidate Arizona could not come to terms with after "extensive interviews") remain outside Club GM, while a whip-smart fast-tracker from Jordan Station, Ont., slipped through the velvet ropes faster than you can say "defensive zone start."

Chayka is best known for co-founding and directing Stathletes Inc., a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and searches for objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.

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Below, watch Chayka with a one-on-one after today's press conference...

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Arizona Coyotes Officially Name John Chayka As General Manager

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that John Chayka (SHUY-ka) has been named as the Coyotes’ new General Manager. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Chayka becomes the eighth general manager in franchise history.

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Reports- John Chayka Will Be Named GM Of The Arizona Coyotes On Thursday

Many of the hockey insiders are saying via Twitter that John Chayka will be named GM of the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow.

He is 26 years old and here is his current bio on the Coyotes' website.

Assistant General Manager, Analytics
John Chayka is in his first season with the Coyotes as Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

Chayka is involved in all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support.

Prior to joining the Coyotes, he co-founded and served as Director of Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. since 2009. 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.

The 25-year-old native of Jordan Station, Ontario earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2014.

Dave Tippett will also have an expanded role with the team.

added 6:05pm, Just received a release from the Coyotes, press conference tomorrow at 2:00pm ET.

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