Head Coach Arizona Coyotes
Tocchet joined the Coyotes as head coach in 2017 following three seasons and back-to-back Stanley Cup championships as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins. As a Canadian professional coach, former player and commentator/analyst, Rick Tocchet brings on ice and bench experience to the game. Playing as a right winger, he played 18 seasons in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes. The four-time NHL All-Star won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1992 and played in the 1987 Stanley Cup Final with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons (2008-10), and during the 2010 playoffs he served as an analyst on Flyers Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet.
Tocchet is as well known for his coaching success as he is a man who has come back from controversy. In 2007, he pleaded guilty in New Jersey to conspiracy to promote gambling and promoting gambling. He was sentenced to two years' probation. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said an investigation showed Tocchet's involvement in gambling was not as serious as first thought and he was suspended for three months. There was no evidence Tocchet ever bet on hockey games. His redemption and success speak to his character and demonstrate how a person can rebound from their mistakes.
Considered an exceptional communicator he has a unique ability to relate to everyone. He can motivate and inspire and speak from experience on how to come back from adversity.
Bring the excitement of the NHL and the cache of a NHL celebrity to your events, golf tournaments or corporate dinners by having Rick Tocchet act as your host, emcee or engage in a meet and greet. As a local native to Scarborough, Ontario, his ties to his community, success in the big leagues and his compelling, personal stories make Rick Tocchet a great speaker, as well.
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