LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes poses for a portrait with the Jack Adams Award during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Coyotes preseason begins in 48 days and in order to make that time go faster we have been looking at how these numbers have played a role in the Coyotes history. Today's number, 48, brings us to one of the most important people associated with the Coyotes organization, a person who brought instant change to the team. He is also the first person we are profiling in this series who never played for the Phoenix Coyotes. At the age of 48, Dave Tippett coached his first season with the Coyotes.
Tippett's first season with the Coyotes was a great, the team finished with a club record 50 wins, they went to the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-02 season. His efforts that season earned him the 2010 Jack Adams Award for NHL coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success," the second Coyotes coach to do that. Although Tippett has only coached the Yotes for the past 3 season the team has greatly improved in that time, they have yet to miss the playoffs and they won the division and went to the Conference Finals last season, and much of this success should be attributed to his great work as coach.