Tippett in 2010
|Born||August 25, 1961|
Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Occupation||Ice hockey coach, player|
|General manager||Ken Holland|
|Previous team(s)||Houston Aeros|
|Years as NHL player||1983-1994|
|Years as a coach||1994-present|
|Years as an NHL coach||2002-present|
|Years with current team||2019-present|
Tippett is also a former left winger who played in the NHL from 1983 to 1994 for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. He has formerly served as head coach of the Dallas Stars from May 21, 2002 until June 10, 2009, and for the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes from September 24, 2009 until June 22, 2017. As head coach of the Coyotes, Tippett won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year in 2010.
Tippett 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.
Tippett 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.
After two seasons with the Raiders, Tippett 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, Tippett 13 goals and 41 points in 43 games. Tippett 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.
Tippett spent the 1983-84 hockey season with Team Canada, where he appeared in 66 games, scoring 14 goals and 33 points. Tippett 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, Tippett left the national team and signed as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Tippett finished the 1983-84 season with the Whalers, playing in 17 games and registering four goals and six points.
The 1985-86 season saw Tippett 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, Tippett 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 Tippett 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 Tippett was held to two assists in the series.
Tippett 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, Tippett had an assist.
In 1989-90, Tippett 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, Tippett had a goal and four points.
In Tippett'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. Tippett 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, Tippett 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, Tippett had a goal and three points as the Canadians won the silver medal. Tippett returned to the Capitals for the rest of the regular season, and in seven playoff games, Tippett had an assist.
In 1992-93, Tippett 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, Tippett had a goal and five points in 12 games as Pittsburgh lost to the New York Islanders in the second round.
Tippett became a free agent after the season, and on August 30, 1993, he was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the 1994-95 season, Tippett, 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, Tippett announced his retirement from hockey. In 721 career NHL games, Tippett scored 93 goals and 262 points in a career lasting from 1983 to 1994.
Tippett 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 Tippett as his replacement. Tippett guided the Aeros to a 17-18-5 record, though the team failed to make the playoffs.
In 1996-97, Tippett 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.
Tippett 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. Tippett 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.
After spending five years as an assistant coach and head coach of the Aeros, Tippett 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.
In his first season with the club in 2002-03, Tippett 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, Tippett 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.
Tippett 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 Tippett as head coach, replacing him with Marc Crawford.
On September 24, 2009, Tippett 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, 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. The NHL, however, successfully 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, Tippett won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year.
In 2010-11, Tippett 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, Tippett 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 Tippett and the Coyotes. Racked with injuries and off-ice trouble, the team did not make playoffs for the first time during Tippett'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 Tippett 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 Tippett was retained as head coach following the season.
On May 5, 2016, Tippett was signed to a five-year extension with the Coyotes to be Head Coach/Executive VP of Hockey Operations.
On June 22, 2017, Tippett parted ways with the Coyotes.
|1979-80||Prince Albert Raiders||SJHL||60||53||72||125||58||25||19||21||40||18|
|1980-81||Prince Albert Raiders||SJHL||60||42||68||110||64||24||20||25||45||22|
|1981-82||University of North Dakota||WCHA||43||13||28||41||20||--||--||--||--||--|
|1982-83||University of North Dakota||WCHA||36||15||31||46||24||--||--||--||--||--|
|DAL||2002-03||82||49||17||15||4||111||1st in Pacific||6||6||.500||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|DAL||2003-04||82||41||26||13||2||97||2nd in Pacific||1||4||.200||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|DAL||2005-06||82||53||23||--||6||112||1st in Pacific||1||4||.200||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|DAL||2006-07||82||50||25||--||7||107||3rd in Pacific||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|DAL||2007-08||82||45||30||--||7||97||3rd in Pacific||10||8||.556||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||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|PHX||2010-11||82||43||26||--||13||99||3rd in Pacific||0||4||.000||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|PHX||2011-12||82||42||27||--||13||97||1st in Pacific||9||7||.563||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|
|ARI||2014-15||82||24||50||--||8||56||7th in Pacific||--||--||--||Missed playoffs|
|ARI||2015-16||82||35||39||--||8||78||4th in Pacific||--||--||--||Missed playoffs|
|ARI||2016-17||82||30||42||--||10||70||6th in Pacific||--||--||--||Missed playoffs|
|Total||1,114||553||413||28||120||33||41||.446||8 playoff appearances|
| Jack Adams Award
| Head coach of the Dallas Stars
| Head coach of the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes
| Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers