Coyotes name Larry Pleau as special advisor to GM Bill Armstrong

Aug 6, 2021, 2:31 PM | Updated: 3:24 pm

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Larry Pleau, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the St. Louis Blues ...

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Larry Pleau, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the St. Louis Blues arrives at the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting at the Westin New York Hotel on April 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

An offseason of front office turnover for the Arizona Coyotes continued on Friday, as the team named Larry Pleau as special advisor to the general manager, Bill Armstrong.

Pleau has an extensive history in the game of hockey, being a three-time Stanley Cup champion as well as being inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

He played three seasons in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, where he was part of the 1971 Stanley Cup winning team.

His other two championships were from the front office, as vice president of player personnel with the New York Rangers in 1993-94 and in 2019-20, as a member of the St. Louis Blues scouting department.

After helping the Rangers lift the Stanley Cup, he was hired by the Blues to be their general manager in 1997. He held that position until 2010 to be the longest tenured general manager in franchise history, helping the Blues win the Presidents Trophy in 1999-2000.

Armstrong and Pleau worked together in St. Louis, where Armstrong was hired as an amateur scout in 2004.

In his involvement with USA Hockey, Pleau was the assistant general manager of the 2002 U.S. Olympic team that won a silver medal. He served as the general manager for the 2003 and 2004 IIHF World Championships, as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Pleau played an instrumental part to the Hartford Whalers. Before the team became the Carolina Hurricanes, Pleau spent 17 total seasons with the Whalers organization in a variety of roles.

He was a player, assistant coach, head coach and general manager, where he drafted Hall of Famer Ron Francis to the organization in 1981.

“We are thrilled to add Larry to the Coyotes organization,” Armstrong said in a statement following the hire. “Larry brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and front office experience to our team and he will be a valuable addition to our management group. He will play an important role in helping us build a long-term winning team here in the Valley.”

Arizona Coyotes

Goaltender Connor Ingram...

Associated Press

Utah’s NHL team may use placeholder name for 1st season after move from Arizona

The NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will be known as Utah, at least initially, until a long-term name is determined.

1 day ago

Tucson Roadrunners...

Alex Weiner

Mullett Arena? Stay in Tucson? Plan for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate Roadrunners remains unclear

The path forward for the Tucson Roadrunners, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes, remains unclear under owner Alex Meruelo.

3 days ago

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at Hyatt Regency Phoenix...

Kevin Zimmerman

Gary Bettman, Alex Meruelo blame Tempe voters for Coyotes’ relocation

Gary Bettman and Alex Meruelo are still stuck on a failed Tempe vote on an Arizona Coyotes arena project rather than any missteps.

3 days ago

Gary Bettman and Alex Mereulo speaking with Media in a press conference....

Bailey Leasure

‘We shall return:’ Gary Bettman remains committed to Arizona despite relocation to Utah

Gary Bettman remains supportive of NHL hockey in Arizona and Alex Meruelo despite the hockey team moving to Utah.

3 days ago

Alex Meruelo joins Burns & Gambo to discuss Coyotes move to Utah....

Bailey Leasure

Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo says selling Coyotes is something ‘I tried at every cost to avoid’

Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo joined 'Burns and Gambo' as he talked about the news of the sale and relocation of the team to Utah.

3 days ago

Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo joins Burns & Gambo in studio after team is sold to Utah group o...

Damon Allred

Alex Meruelo: ‘I am the only one’ to bring hockey back to Arizona

Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo believes in actions, not words so he wants Arizona hockey fans focused on the June 27 land auction.

4 days ago

Coyotes name Larry Pleau as special advisor to GM Bill Armstrong