Jim Playfair

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Jim Playfair
Jim Playfair.PNG
Born (1964-05-22) May 22, 1964 (age 50)
Fort St. James, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 20th overall, 1982
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1983–1992

James Playfair (born May 22, 1964) is the associate coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. He is a former NHL ice hockey player and a former head coach of the Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Before making the NHL, Playfair played for the Fort Saskatchewan Traders located just north of Edmonton. He played for the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks over the course of his career. His older brother Larry Playfair shares a lot of the same characteristics - both were drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (Larry in 1978 and Jim in 1982), and both played junior hockey for the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League. However, Larry played 688 career NHL games; Jim for 21.

Coaching career[edit]

Jim Playfair became the head coach of the Calgary Flames on July 12, 2006, a promotion from his role as an assistant coach and replacing Darryl Sutter who previously had been both head coach and general manager.[1] Sutter continued as general manager of the Flames. Playfair was also previously the head coach of the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League, where he coached the Baby Flames to a Calder Cup championship in 2001. He used to live in Calgary, Alberta with his wife Roxane, and their 3 sons Dylan, Jackson, and Austyn.

On June 14, 2007, Playfair was replaced as head coach of the Calgary Flames by Mike Keenan, formerly of the Florida Panthers. In his first and only season as head coach of the Flames, the team went 43–29–10 which was good enough for the 8th and final playoff spot. The team went on to be eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round 4–2.

On June 5, 2009, Playfair began his second stint as a head coach in the American Hockey League after being named the head coach of the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames affiliate). In his two seasons at the helm, Playfair led the Heat to a 77-61-9-13 record (176 points). In 2009-10, he guided the Heat to the North Division Finals, falling to the Hamilton Bulldogs in six games (4-2).

On March 27, 2010 during a Heat v Bulldogs Hockey Game, Playfair lost his temper and broke two hockey sticks; an incident which received a half million views on YouTube in three days and for which Playfair has apologized.[2]

He is currently the associate coach of the Phoenix Coyotes who announced the multi-year offer on June 13, 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

Playing career[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 70 4 13 17 121 15 1 2 3 21
1982–83 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 63 8 27 35 218 14 0 5 5 16
1983–84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 1 1 2 2
1983–84 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 16 5 6 11 38
1983–84 Calgary Wranglers WHL 46 6 9 15 96 4 0 1 1 2
1984–85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 41 0 4 4 107
1985–86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 73 2 12 14 160
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 60 1 21 22 82
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 1 3 4 21
1987–88 Saginaw Hawks IHL 50 5 21 26 133
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 0 0 28
1988–89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 23 3 6 9 73 6 0 2 2 20
1989–90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 67 7 24 31 137 14 1 5 6 24
1990–91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 23 3 4 7 31
1991–92 Indianapolis Ice IHL 23 1 1 2 53
NHL totals 21 2 4 6 51

Head coaching record[edit]

NHL[edit]

Year Team League Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
2006–07 Calgary NHL 82 43 29 10 96 3rd in Northwest Lost in First Round

Minor leagues[edit]

Year Team League Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
1993–94 Dayton ECHL 68 29 31 8 66 5th in North Lost in First Round
1994–95 Dayton ECHL 68 42 17 9 93 2nd in North Lost in Second Round
1995–96 Dayton ECHL 70 35 28 7 77 5th in North Lost in First Round
2000–01 Saint John AHL 80 44 24 7 5 100 1st in Canadian Won Calder Cup
2001–02 Saint John AHL 80 29 34 13 4 75 5th in Canadian Missed Playoffs
2002–03 Saint John AHL 32 10 19 2 1 (71) Promoted to NHL midseason

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Preceded by
Grant Fuhr
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
1982
Succeeded by
Jeff Beukeboom
Preceded by
Darryl Sutter
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
2006–07
Succeeded by
Mike Keenan