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Report: Coyotes special assistant to the GM Brian Daccord resigns

Arizona Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong stands on the ice at Gila River Arena on Sept. 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Arizona Coyotes)

The search for a new head coach. Roster changes. Now, an entire group of assistant general managers.

The Arizona Coyotes and general manager Bill Armstrong have a busy offseason ahead of them.

Brian Daccord, the special assistant to the general manager and director of goaltending operations, has resigned from the team, according to Craig Morgan and Canada-based hockey reporter Alex Blair.

Daccord is one of four assistant general managers to leave the team over the last eight months. The Coyotes now do not have any assistant GMs.

In September, assistant general manager and director of scouting Lindsay Hofford was fired. Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro reported later that month that assistant to the GM Jake Goldberg was also no longer with the team. Goldberg’s departure was reported at the same time as the hiring of Daccord.

In February, Coyotes assistant general manager and Tucson Roadrunners GM Steve Sullivan was fired.

All three of those executive office members were hired under former Coyotes general manager John Chayka.

Daccord was the first hire Armstrong made with the Coyotes, according to Blair. Morgan tweeted that Daccord was Armstrong’s “right-hand man.”

Prior to joining Arizona, Daccord had spent five years in the scouting and player development departments of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Coyotes now have several openings to fill in assistant general manager positions. They also must find a new head coach after the team and Rick Tocchet parted ways on May 9.


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