- Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed John Chayka to a multi-year contract to serve as the team's Assistant General Manager/Analytics. The Coyotes also announced that Chris O'Hearn has been promoted to serve as the team's Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations.
In addition, Maloney announced that Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Darcy Regier will serve as General Manager of the Springfield Falcons, the Coyotes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
"John brings a unique skill set to our management team and is an important addition to our staff," said Maloney. "Chris continues to expand his role in our hockey operations department and will play a key role moving forward."
Chayka will be involved in all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support. Prior to joining the Coyotes, he co-founded and served as Director of Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. since 2009. Stathletes is a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and breaks down the game to provide objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.
The 25-year-old native of Jordan Station, Ontario earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2014.
O'Hearn completed his eighth season with the Coyotes in 2014-15. As a member of Arizona's hockey operations management team, the 33-year-old O'Hearn is responsible for player contract research and negotiations, scheduling, salary arbitration, salary cap management as well as the evaluation of pro and amateur players. He also is involved with fiscal and strategic planning, compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and administration with the NHL's Central Registry as well as the day-to-day operations of the hockey department.