Dave Tippett Not Ruling Out Becoming Seattle’s First NHL Head Coach

Dave Tippett Not Ruling Out Becoming Seattle’s First NHL Head Coach

Dave Tippett on the bench (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Dave Tippett was hired in June by the Oakville Group to serve as a senior hockey adviser for the group that is trying to bring a National Hockey League (NHL) team to Seattle.  However, could Tippet become Seattle’s first NHL coach? Tippett has a solid and experienced resume in the game of Pro Hockey after head coaching 1,000 games in the NHL with the Dallas Stars and the Arizona Coyotes and previously served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings. Before his NHL coaching career, he spent time in the International Hockey League with the Houston Aeros.

Prior to coaching, Tippett played in the NHL from 1984-1994 for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers before leaving to the Houston Aeros to become a player-coach.

Recently, on June 18, Tippett was on TSN 1040 AM Vancouver and was asked if he might be interested in becoming Seattle’s first head coach. He replied by saying: “Tod Leiweke [NHL Seattle Team President] and I have talked about it, and I am not going to take it off the table.” Tippett did follow that statement up with a remark that he’s trying to advise and help get the infrastructure up first, but would consider being Seattle’s Head Coach once the details were in place. Tippett’s experience in the NHL is valuable and will go a long way in assisting Seattle in securing an NHL franchise. It is exciting to think about, and Tippett could be the man for the job of head coach.

To listen to the full interview with TSN 1040 Vancouver click the link below: 

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