1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes season

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1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes
Division 3rd Central
Conference 5th Western
1996–97 record 38–37–7
Home record 15–19–7
Road record 23–18–0
Goals for 240
Goals against 243
Team information
General Manager John Paddock (Oct-Dec)
Bobby Smith (Dec-Apr)
Coach Don Hay
Captain Keith Tkachuk
Team leaders
Goals Keith Tkachuk (52)
Assists Oleg Tverdovsky (45)
Points Keith Tkachuk (86)
Penalties in minutes Keith Tkachuk (228)

The 1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes' season was the team's first season in the National Hockey League (NHL) since relocating from Winnipeg the season prior. The franchise's 25th season since its founding in 1972, and 18th season in the National Hockey League since 1979.

Off-season[edit]

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 24 Daniel Briere (C)  Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

Regular season[edit]

Phoenix's first logo (1996–2003).

The Winnipeg Jets team was sold to Phoenix businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke, and in 1996, the club moved to Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes.

In the summer that the move took place, the franchise saw the exit of Jets stars like Teemu Selanne and Alexei Zhamnov, while the team added established superstar Jeremy Roenick from the Chicago Blackhawks. Roenick teamed up with power wingers Keith Tkachuk and Rick Tocchet to form a dynamic 1–2–3 offensive punch that led the Coyotes through their first years in Arizona. Also impressive were young players like Shane Doan (the last remaining original Jet still active in the NHL), Oleg Tverdovsky and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, whom the fans nicknamed the "Bulin Wall."

Final standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Dallas Stars 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
2 3 Detroit Red Wings 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
3 5 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
4 6 St. Louis Blues 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
5 8 Chicago Blackhawks 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
6 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 230 273 68

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 49 24 9 277 205 107
2 Dallas Stars CEN 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
3 Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 36 33 13 245 233 85
5 Phoenix Coyotes CEN 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
6 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
7 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 36 37 9 252 247 81
8 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
9 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 35 40 7 257 273 77
10 Calgary Flames PAC 82 32 41 9 214 239 73
11 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 30 44 8 230 273 68
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 28 43 11 214 268 67
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 27 47 8 211 278 62

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 1996 0–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 0–1–0
2 W October 7, 1996 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 1–1–0
3 W October 10, 1996 4–1 San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 2–1–0
4 W October 12, 1996 4–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 3–1–0
5 L October 14, 1996 3–6 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 3–2–0
6 L October 18, 1996 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 3–3–0
7 T October 20, 1996 1–1 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 3–3–1
8 L October 22, 1996 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 3–4–1
9 L October 26, 1996 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 3–5–1
10 W October 28, 1996 5–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 4–5–1
11 L October 30, 1996 1–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 4–6–1
12 W November 1, 1996 3–2 OT @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 5–6–1
13 T November 3, 1996 4–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 5–6–2
14 L November 6, 1996 2–3 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 5–7–2
15 L November 8, 1996 1–4 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 5–8–2
16 L November 14, 1996 1–2 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 5–9–2
17 W November 16, 1996 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 6–9–2
18 T November 18, 1996 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 6–9–3
19 L November 20, 1996 0–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 6–10–3
20 L November 21, 1996 3–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 6–11–3
21 T November 23, 1996 3–3 OT New York Islanders (1996–97) 6–11–4
22 L November 26, 1996 1–3 New York Rangers (1996–97) 6–12–4
23 W November 28, 1996 4–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 7–12–4
24 W November 30, 1996 3–1 Calgary Flames (1996–97) 8–12–4
25 L December 3, 1996 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 8–13–4
26 W December 5, 1996 3–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 9–13–4
27 W December 7, 1996 4–3 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 10–13–4
28 L December 9, 1996 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 10–14–4
29 L December 10, 1996 2–8 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 10–15–4
30 W December 13, 1996 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 11–15–4
31 W December 14, 1996 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 12–15–4
32 W December 17, 1996 4–3 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 13–15–4
33 W December 20, 1996 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 14–15–4
34 L December 22, 1996 2–7 Calgary Flames (1996–97) 14–16–4
35 W December 23, 1996 2–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 15–16–4
36 L December 26, 1996 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 15–17–4
37 W December 27, 1996 7–4 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 16–17–4
38 W December 30, 1996 5–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 17–17–4
39 W January 2, 1997 4–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 18–17–4
40 L January 3, 1997 0–3 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 18–18–4
41 L January 5, 1997 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 18–19–4
42 L January 9, 1997 4–5 OT Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 18–20–4
43 W January 10, 1997 4–3 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 19–20–4
44 L January 12, 1997 2–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 19–21–4
45 L January 13, 1997 4–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 19–22–4
46 L January 15, 1997 1–4 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 19–23–4
47 W January 23, 1997 6–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 20–23–4
48 W January 25, 1997 4–0 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 21–23–4
49 L January 28, 1997 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 21–24–4
50 W January 29, 1997 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 22–24–4
51 L February 1, 1997 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 22–25–4
52 L February 4, 1997 0–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 22–26–4
53 W February 6, 1997 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 23–26–4
54 L February 8, 1997 4–5 OT Dallas Stars (1996–97) 23–27–4
55 W February 10, 1997 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 24–27–4
56 W February 12, 1997 5–0 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 25–27–4
57 L February 13, 1997 2–3 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 25–28–4
58 W February 15, 1997 5–4 OT Boston Bruins (1996–97) 26–28–4
59 W February 18, 1997 6–1 Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 27–28–4
60 L February 22, 1997 2–4 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 27–29–4
61 L February 24, 1997 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 27–30–4
62 W February 26, 1997 5–2 @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 28–30–4
63 L February 27, 1997 2–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 28–31–4
64 L March 2, 1997 0–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 28–32–4
65 W March 5, 1997 3–0 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 29–32–4
66 W March 6, 1997 5–0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 30–32–4
67 W March 8, 1997 2–0 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 31–32–4
68 L March 10, 1997 1–4 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 31–33–4
69 T March 12, 1997 5–5 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 31–33–5
70 W March 14, 1997 4–1 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 32–33–5
71 W March 17, 1997 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 33–33–5
72 L March 19, 1997 2–7 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 33–34–5
73 W March 20, 1997 4–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 34–34–5
74 W March 22, 1997 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 35–34–5
75 T March 27, 1997 1–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 35–34–6
76 L March 29, 1997 1–3 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 35–35–6
77 W April 1, 1997 7–1 San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 36–35–6
78 W April 3, 1997 5–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 37–35–6
79 L April 6, 1997 1–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 37–36–6
80 T April 7, 1997 2–2 OT Dallas Stars (1996–97) 37–36–7
81 L April 9, 1997 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 37–37–7
82 W April 11, 1997 6–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 38–37–7

Playoffs[edit]

In their first year, the Coyotes managed to make the playoffs. However, they lost to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 games to 3 in round one.

1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Western Conference Quarter-final vs. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (4)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Series
1 April 16 Phoenix 2 – 4 Anaheim 0 – 1
2 April 18 Phoenix 2 – 4 Anaheim 0 – 2
3 April 20 Anaheim 1 – 4 Phoenix 1 – 2
4 April 22 Anaheim 0 – 2 Phoenix 2 – 2
5 April 24 Phoenix 5 – 2 Anaheim 3 – 2
6 April 27 Anaheim 3 – 2 Phoenix OT 3 – 3
7 April 29 Phoenix 0 – 3 Anaheim 4 – 3

Anaheim Wins Series 4-3

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk LW 81 52 34 86 228 -1 9 2 7
Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick C 72 29 40 69 115 -7 10 3 7
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 82 32 31 63 38 -11 13 1 7
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 82 10 45 55 30 -5 3 1 2
Janney, CraigCraig Janney C 77 15 38 53 26 -1 5 0 1
Ronning, CliffCliff Ronning C 69 19 32 51 26 -9 8 0 2
Drake, DallasDallas Drake RW 63 17 19 36 52 -11 5 1 1
Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen D 82 2 25 27 28 -3 0 0 0
Shannon, DarrinDarrin Shannon LW 82 11 13 24 41 4 1 0 2
Corkum, BobBob Corkum C 80 9 11 20 40 -7 0 1 3
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 66 3 17 20 164 -25 2 0 0
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 55 4 11 15 36 -4 2 0 1
King, KrisKris King LW 81 3 11 14 185 -7 0 0 0
Quint, DeronDeron Quint D 27 3 11 14 4 -4 1 0 0
Maciver, NormNorm Maciver D 32 4 9 13 24 -11 1 0 1
Doan, ShaneShane Doan RW 63 4 8 12 49 -3 0 0 0
Finley, JeffJeff Finley D 65 3 7 10 40 -8 1 0 1
Johnson, JimJim Johnson D 55 3 7 10 74 5 0 0 0
Korolev, IgorIgor Korolev C 41 3 7 10 28 -5 2 0 0
McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW 65 5 3 8 200 -5 0 0 1
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 24 4 3 7 13 -5 1 0 0
More, JayJay More D 23 1 6 7 37 10 0 0 1
McCrimmon, BradBrad McCrimmon D 37 1 5 6 18 2 0 0 0
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood C 33 1 3 4 4 -3 0 0 0
Diduck, GeraldGerald Diduck D 11 1 2 3 23 2 1 0 0
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin G 72 0 3 3 16 0 0 0 0
Lemieux, JocelynJocelyn Lemieux RW 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Wakaluk, DarcyDarcy Wakaluk G 16 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 8 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Dahl, KevinKevin Dahl D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Duffus, ParrisParris Duffus G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eakins, DallasDallas Eakins D 4 0 0 0 10 -3 0 0 0
Hansen, TavisTavis Hansen RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 7 0 0 0 2 -4 0 0 0
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simon, JasonJason Simon LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Thompson, BrentBrent Thompson D 1 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0
Ylonen, JuhaJuha Ylonen C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin 4091 72 30 33 6 193 2.83 7 2094 1901 .908
Wakaluk, DarcyDarcy Wakaluk 782 16 8 3 1 39 2.99 1 386 347 .899
Duffus, ParrisParris Duffus 29 1 0 0 0 1 2.07 0 8 7 .875
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 59 2 0 1 0 2 2.03 0 24 22 .917
Team: 4961 82 38 37 7 235 2.84 8 2512 2277 .906

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Ronning, CliffCliff Ronning C 7 0 7 7 12 0 0 0
Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk LW 7 6 0 6 7 2 0 0
Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen D 7 3 3 6 0 1 0 1
Roenick, JeremyJeremy Roenick C 6 2 4 6 4 0 0 0
Shannon, DarrinDarrin Shannon LW 7 3 1 4 4 0 0 1
Corkum, BobBob Corkum C 7 2 2 4 4 0 0 1
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 7 1 2 3 4 0 0 0
Janney, CraigCraig Janney C 7 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Quint, DeronDeron Quint D 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Drake, DallasDallas Drake RW 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Diduck, GeraldGerald Diduck D 7 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Doan, ShaneShane Doan RW 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Finley, JeffJeff Finley D 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Johnson, JimJim Johnson D 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin G 7 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
King, KrisKris King LW 7 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
Korolev, IgorIgor Korolev C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lemieux, JocelynJocelyn Lemieux RW 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
More, JayJay More D 7 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 7 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin 426 7 3 4 15 2.11 1 222 207 .932
Team: 426 7 3 4 15 2.11 1 222 207 .932

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Playoffs[edit]

Phoenix vs. Anaheim
Date Away Home
April 16 Phoenix 2 4 Anaheim
April 18 Phoenix 2 4 Anaheim
April 20 Anaheim 1 4 Phoenix
April 22 Anaheim 0 2 Phoenix
April 24 Phoenix 5 2 Anaheim
April 27 Anaheim 3 2 Phoenix OT
April 29 Phoenix 0 3 Anaheim
Anaheim wins series 4–3

Roster[edit]

1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 22, 1996 To Toronto Maple Leafs
4th round pick in 1996 (Vladimir Antipov)
To Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Gartner
July 1, 1996 To Calgary Flames
3rd round pick in 1997 (Erik Andersson)
To Phoenix Coyotes
Compensation for head coach Don Hay
August 16, 1996 To Chicago Blackhawks
Alexei Zhamnov
Craig Mills
1st round pick in 1997 (Ty Jones)
To Phoenix Coyotes
Jeremy Roenick
February 6, 1997 To New York Rangers
Mike Eastwood
Dallas Eakins
To Phoenix Coyotes
Jay More
March 18, 1997 To Montreal Canadiens
Dave Manson
Steve Cheredaryk
To Phoenix Coyotes
Murray Baron
Pat Jablonski
Chris Murray

Waivers[edit]

September 30, 1996 From Philadelphia Flyers
Bob Corkum

Free agents[edit]

Joining the Coyotes:

Player Former Team
Cliff Ronning Vancouver Canucks
Brad McCrimmon Hartford Whalers
Jim Johnson Dallas Stars
Darcy Wakaluk Dallas Stars
Reggie Savage Colorado Avalanche
Kevin Dahl Calgary Flames
Scott Levins Ottawa Senators
Mike Hudson St. Louis Blues
Jocelyn Lemieux Calgary Flames

Leaving the Coyotes:

Player New Team
Dominic Roussel Philadelphia Flyers
Ed Olczyk Los Angeles Kings
Craig Martin Florida Panthers
Iain Fraser San Jose Sharks
Denis Chasse Ottawa Senators

References[edit]