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2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes · NHL
Division 5th Pacific
Conference 12th Western
2005–06 record 38–39–5
Goals for 246
Goals against 271
General Manager Mike Barnett
Coach Wayne Gretzky
Captain Shane Doan
Alternate captains Mike Ricci
Unknown
Arena Jobing.com Arena
Team leaders
Goals Mike Comrie and Shane Doan (30)
Assists Shane Doan (36)
Points Shane Doan (66)
Penalties in minutes Shane Doan (123)
Wins Curtis Joseph (32)
Goals against average Curtis Joseph (2.91)

The Phoenix Coyotes season involved Wayne Gretzky becoming the head coach.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

OffseasonEdit

  • On 6 August 2005, Brett Hull, son of former Jet Bobby Hull, was signed and assigned the elder Hull's retired # 9.
  • August 8, 2005 – Two days later, the Coyotes introduced Gretzky as its new head coach, replacing Rick Bowness, despite the fact that he had never coached at any level of hockey. The Coyotes Ring of Honor was unveiled on 8 October, inducting Gretzky and Bobby Hull. One week later, Brett Hull announced his retirement. On 21 January 2006, Jets great Thomas Steen was the third inductee to the Ring of Honor. On 13 April, Steve Ellman announced an agreement for Jerry Moyes to assume majority ownership control of the Coyotes, Glendale Arena and the National Lacrosse League's Arizona Sting.

NHL DraftEdit

# Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team
17 Martin Hanzal (C) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Phoenix Coyotes Budejovice Jr. (Czech)

Wayne GretzkyEdit

Despite previous denials that Wayne Gretzky would not assume coaching duties, on August 8, 2005 Gretzky agreed to become the new coach of the Coyotes.

In the time leading up to Gretzky's announcement, several prominent free agents signed with Phoenix citing the chance to play for Gretzky, including Brett Hull. Hull, who was briefly Gretzky's right winger, only lasted five games and only scored one assist before retiring. Ironically, "The Golden Brett" would have had the record for the most goals over any given three seasons — he scored 228 goals between 1989–90 and 1991–92 — if it weren't for The Great One. From 1981–82 to 1983–84, Gretzky scored 254 goals.

Gretzky made his coaching debut on October 5, 2005, the opening night of the 2005–06 NHL season, losing 3–2 to the Vancouver Canucks. His first coaching victory was October 8, 2005, beating the Minnesota Wild 2–1. Gretzky took an indefinite leave of absence as coach on December 17, 2005 to care for his ill mother in Brantford, Ontario. His mother lost her battle to lung cancer two days later, passing away on December 19, 2005. Assistant coach Rick Tocchet assumed the position until Gretzky's return on December 28. Coyotes' CEO Jeff Shumway announced on June 5, 2006 that Gretzky has agreed to a new five-year contract to remain as head coach.

Regular seasonEdit

Also in the 2005–06 season, the Coyotes were planning to host the NHL all-star game. Due to the XX Winter Olympic Games, the game was canceled.

Final standingsEdit

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
12 Dallas Stars 82 53 23 6 265 218 112
25 San Jose Sharks 82 44 27 11 266 242 99
36 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 43 27 12 254 229 98
410 Los Angeles Kings 82 42 35 5 249 270 89
512 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 39 5 246 271 81


Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 5, 20052–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 0–1–0
2LOctober 6, 20052–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 0–2–0
3WOctober 8, 20052–1 Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 1–2–0
4LOctober 11, 20052–3 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 1–3–0
5LOctober 13, 20054–5 SO Nashville Predators (2005–06) 1–3–1
6LOctober 15, 20050–2 Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 1–4–1
7WOctober 17, 20052–0 @ Calgary Flames (2005–06) 2–4–1
8WOctober 18, 20054–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 3–4–1
9LOctober 20, 20052–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 3–5–1
10LOctober 23, 20053–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 3–6–1
11WOctober 25, 20055–4 OT St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 4–6–1
12WOctober 27, 20053–2 Calgary Flames (2005–06) 5–6–1
13LOctober 29, 20053–5 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 5–7–1
14LOctober 30, 20052–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 5–8–1
15WNovember 3, 20054–0 Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 6–8–1
16WNovember 5, 20054–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 7–8–1
17LNovember 6, 20051–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 7–8–2
18WNovember 8, 20054–2 @ Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 8–8–2
19LNovember 10, 20053–4 Calgary Flames (2005–06) 8–9–2
20WNovember 12, 20052–1 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 9–9–2
21LNovember 16, 20051–3 Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 9–10–2
22WNovember 19, 20054–3 SO @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 10–10–2
23WNovember 20, 20055–1 Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 11–10–2
24LNovember 22, 20051–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 11–11–2
25WNovember 25, 20054–1 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 12–11–2
26WNovember 26, 20052–1 Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 13–11–2
27LNovember 30, 20051–6 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 13–12–2
28WDecember 3, 20058–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 14–12–2
29WDecember 5, 20055–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 15–12–2
30WDecember 11, 20052–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 16–12–2
31LDecember 13, 20052–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 16–13–2
32LDecember 15, 20051–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 16–14–2
33LDecember 17, 20051–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 16–15–2
34LDecember 20, 20054–5 St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 16–16–2
35WDecember 22, 20052–1 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 17–16–2
36WDecember 23, 20053–2 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 18–16–2
37LDecember 26, 20054–7 @ Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 18–17–2
38WDecember 28, 20055–4 @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 19–17–2
39WDecember 29, 20056–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 20–17–2
40LDecember 31, 20052–5 Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 20–18–2
41LJanuary 5, 20060–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 20–19–2
42LJanuary 8, 20062–5 Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 20–20–2
43LJanuary 10, 20062–7 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 20–21–2
44WJanuary 12, 20062–1 SO @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 21–21–2
45WJanuary 14, 20064–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 22–21–2
46LJanuary 16, 20061–6 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 22–22–2
47WJanuary 19, 20066–3 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 23–22–2
48WJanuary 21, 20064–3 SO Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 24–22–2
49LJanuary 23, 20061–4 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 24–23–2
50LJanuary 24, 20062–3 @ Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 24–24–2
51WJanuary 26, 20065–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 25–24–2
52WJanuary 28, 20066–2 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 26–24–2
53LJanuary 29, 20063–4 SO Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 26–24–3
54LJanuary 31, 20064–7 Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 26–25–3
55WFebruary 2, 20062–1 SO Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 27–25–3
56LFebruary 4, 20064–6 Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 27–26–3
57LFebruary 7, 20061–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 27–27–3
58LFebruary 9, 20061–5 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 27–28–3
59LFebruary 12, 20064–5 OT San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 27–28–4
60WMarch 2, 20066–2 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 28–28–4
61LMarch 4, 20063–7 Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 28–29–4
62WMarch 7, 20065–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 29–29–4
63LMarch 9, 20064–5 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 29–30–4
64LMarch 11, 20063–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 29–31–4
65LMarch 12, 20062–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 29–32–4
66WMarch 14, 20066–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 30–32–4
67LMarch 16, 20060–2 @ Nashville Predators (2005–06) 30–33–4
68WMarch 19, 20063–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 31–33–4
69WMarch 21, 20065–2 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 32–33–4
70WMarch 23, 20064–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 33–33–4
71LMarch 25, 20062–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 33–34–4
72WMarch 28, 20065–3 Nashville Predators (2005–06) 34–34–4
73WMarch 30, 20065–2 @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 35–34–4
74WApril 1, 20064–3 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 36–34–4
75LApril 3, 20061–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 36–35–4
76LApril 5, 20062–5 @ Calgary Flames (2005–06) 36–36–4
77LApril 8, 20062–3 SO Dallas Stars (2005–06) 36–36–5
78LApril 10, 20062–3 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 36–37–5
79LApril 11, 20064–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 36–38–5
80WApril 13, 20063–0 Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 37–38–5
81LApril 15, 20061–5 @ Nashville Predators (2005–06) 37–39–5
82WApril 16, 20063–0 @ St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 38–39–5
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Torino OlympicsEdit

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Doan, ShaneShane Doan RW 82 30 36 66 123-91707
Comrie, MikeMike Comrie C 80 30 30 60 5521004
Nagy, LadislavLadislav Nagy LW 51 15 41 56 748714
Johnson, MikeMike Johnson RW 80 16 38 54 507613
Mara, PaulPaul Mara D 78 15 32 47 70-12800
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 75 25 21 46 58-141111
Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard D 82 8 31 39 99-18131
Morris, DerekDerek Morris D 53 6 21 27 54-7412
Saprykin, OlegOleg Saprykin LW 67 11 14 25 50-16301
Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek D 82 9 15 24 624502
Reinprecht, SteveSteve Reinprecht C 28 12 11 23 81412
Scatchard, DaveDave Scatchard C 47 11 12 23 84-11403
Sjostrom, FredrikFredrik Sjostrom RW 75 6 17 23 421101
Devereaux, BoydBoyd Devereaux C 78 8 14 22 44-13101
Leclerc, MikeMike Leclerc LW 35 9 12 21 290400
Lundmark, JamieJamie Lundmark C 38 5 13 18 36-1100
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 78 10 6 16 69-22511
Kvasha, OlegOleg Kvasha LW/C 15 4 7 11 65000
Gauthier, DenisDenis Gauthier D 45 2 9 11 61-4000
Nedved, PetrPetr Nedved C 25 2 9 11 34-6101
Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg D 34 1 10 11 14-9100
O'Donnell, SeanSean O'Donnell D 57 1 7 8 1213000
Nash, TysonTyson Nash LW 50 0 6 6 84-7000
Rivers, JamieJamie Rivers D 18 0 5 5 262000
Tanabe, DavidDavid Tanabe D 21 0 4 4 8-5000
Kolanos, KrysKrys Kolanos C 9 2 1 3 22100
Thomas, BillBill Thomas RW 9 1 2 3 8-2100
Perrault, JoelJoel Perrault C 5 1 1 2 20000
Jones, MattMatt Jones D 16 0 2 2 14-2000
Gratton, JoshJosh Gratton LW 11 1 0 1 30-3000
Lehoux, YanickYanick Lehoux C 3 1 0 1 21000
Gainey, SteveSteve Gainey LW 20 0 1 1 20-3000
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 5 0 1 1 0-3000
Joseph, CurtisCurtis Joseph G 60 0 1 1 180000
Spiller, MatthewMatthew Spiller D 8 0 1 1 13-1000
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher G 11 0 0 0 20000
Brendl, PavelPavel Brendl RW 2 0 0 0 0-3000
Jackman, TimTim Jackman RW 8 0 0 0 211000
LeNeveu, DavidDavid LeNeveu G 15 0 0 0 00000
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Rupp, MikeMike Rupp C 1 0 0 0 00000
Sauve, PhilippePhilippe Sauve G 5 0 0 0 00000
Taffe, JeffJeff Taffe C 2 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Joseph, CurtisCurtis Joseph 3424 60 32 21 3 166 2.91 416901524.902
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher 512 11 3 6 0 33 3.87 0268235.877
LeNeveu, DavidDavid LeNeveu 814 15 3 8 2 44 3.24 0386342.886
Sauve, PhilippePhilippe Sauve 187 5 0 4 0 17 5.45 0128111.867
Team: 4937 82 38 39 5 260 3.16 424722212.895

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T/OT = Ties/Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

TransactionsEdit

The Coyotes were involved in the following transactions during the 2005–06 season.

TradesEdit

Free agents Acquired/LostEdit

Player Former team
Boyd Devereaux Detroit Red Wings
Brett Hull Detroit Red Wings
Curtis Joseph Detroit Red Wings
Steven Reinprecht Calgary Flames
Mike Ricci San Jose Sharks
Oleg Saprykin Calgary Flames
Geoff Sanderson Vancouver Canucks
Dave Scatchard New York Islanders
Player New team

RosterEdit

Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


  • GM: Mike Barnett
  • Coach: Wayne Gretzky

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

     Player is still active or individual record

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Wayne Gretzky 1st NHL Game as Coach October 5, 2005
Wayne Gretzky 1st NHL Win as Coach. October 8, 2005
Derek Morris 250th NHL Point
Oleg Saprykin 100th NHL Point March 14, 2006
Dave Scatchard 250th NHL Point

Farm teamsEdit

  • San Antonio Rampage, American Hockey League[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.14, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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