TUCSON (KVOA) - New Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong made it clear on Tuesday that he is not here in the desert for a life of leisure.
He’s here to win.
Armstrong takes over for John Chayka who helped build a Coyotes squad that returned to the post-season in 2020 for the first time in eight years.
He wasn’t around though to see it. Chayka resigned on the eve of Arizona’s appearance in the post-season bubble in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
Arizona beat the higher seed Nashville Predators (2-1) in the NHL’s Western Conference qualifying round before losing to the Colorado Avalanche (4-1) in the quarterfinals.
Armstrong arrives in the desert after spending the past two seasons as the St. Louis Blues’ assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting.
The Blues won the Stanley Cup title in 2019.
Armstrong played professionally for nine seasons but never made it to the NHL.
He does know a little something about winning titles.
The 50-year old defenseman scored the Memorial Cup championship winning goal for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario League in 1990.
He was an assistant coach for the Providence Bruins in 1999 when they won the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup title.
He hoisted the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup with the Blues last season.
Armstrong is expected to retain assistant general manager Steve Sullivan, who is also the Tucson Roadrunners general manager.
Sullivan has helped secure players who have led the Roadrunners to two Pacific Division titles in the last three seasons.
Both the NHL and AHL 2020-21 seasons are expected to begin in early December.
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