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

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Offseason[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Draft[edit | edit source]

# 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 Gretzky[edit | edit source]

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 season[edit | edit source]

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 standings[edit | edit source]

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Dallas Stars 82 53 23 6 265 218 112
2 5 San Jose Sharks 82 44 27 11 266 242 99
3 6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 43 27 12 254 229 98
4 10 Los Angeles Kings 82 42 35 5 249 270 89
5 12 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 39 5 246 271 81


Game log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 2005 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 0–1–0
2 L October 6, 2005 2–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 0–2–0
3 W October 8, 2005 2–1 Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 1–2–0
4 L October 11, 2005 2–3 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 1–3–0
5 L October 13, 2005 4–5 SO Nashville Predators (2005–06) 1–3–1
6 L October 15, 2005 0–2 Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 1–4–1
7 W October 17, 2005 2–0 @ Calgary Flames (2005–06) 2–4–1
8 W October 18, 2005 4–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 3–4–1
9 L October 20, 2005 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 3–5–1
10 L October 23, 2005 3–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 3–6–1
11 W October 25, 2005 5–4 OT St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 4–6–1
12 W October 27, 2005 3–2 Calgary Flames (2005–06) 5–6–1
13 L October 29, 2005 3–5 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 5–7–1
14 L October 30, 2005 2–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 5–8–1
15 W November 3, 2005 4–0 Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 6–8–1
16 W November 5, 2005 4–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 7–8–1
17 L November 6, 2005 1–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 7–8–2
18 W November 8, 2005 4–2 @ Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 8–8–2
19 L November 10, 2005 3–4 Calgary Flames (2005–06) 8–9–2
20 W November 12, 2005 2–1 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 9–9–2
21 L November 16, 2005 1–3 Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 9–10–2
22 W November 19, 2005 4–3 SO @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 10–10–2
23 W November 20, 2005 5–1 Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 11–10–2
24 L November 22, 2005 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 11–11–2
25 W November 25, 2005 4–1 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 12–11–2
26 W November 26, 2005 2–1 Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 13–11–2
27 L November 30, 2005 1–6 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 13–12–2
28 W December 3, 2005 8–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 14–12–2
29 W December 5, 2005 5–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 15–12–2
30 W December 11, 2005 2–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 16–12–2
31 L December 13, 2005 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 16–13–2
32 L December 15, 2005 1–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 16–14–2
33 L December 17, 2005 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 16–15–2
34 L December 20, 2005 4–5 St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 16–16–2
35 W December 22, 2005 2–1 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 17–16–2
36 W December 23, 2005 3–2 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 18–16–2
37 L December 26, 2005 4–7 @ Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 18–17–2
38 W December 28, 2005 5–4 @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 19–17–2
39 W December 29, 2005 6–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 20–17–2
40 L December 31, 2005 2–5 Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 20–18–2
41 L January 5, 2006 0–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 20–19–2
42 L January 8, 2006 2–5 Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 20–20–2
43 L January 10, 2006 2–7 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 20–21–2
44 W January 12, 2006 2–1 SO @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 21–21–2
45 W January 14, 2006 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 22–21–2
46 L January 16, 2006 1–6 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 22–22–2
47 W January 19, 2006 6–3 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 23–22–2
48 W January 21, 2006 4–3 SO Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 24–22–2
49 L January 23, 2006 1–4 @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 24–23–2
50 L January 24, 2006 2–3 @ Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 24–24–2
51 W January 26, 2006 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 25–24–2
52 W January 28, 2006 6–2 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 26–24–2
53 L January 29, 2006 3–4 SO Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 26–24–3
54 L January 31, 2006 4–7 Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 26–25–3
55 W February 2, 2006 2–1 SO Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 27–25–3
56 L February 4, 2006 4–6 Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 27–26–3
57 L February 7, 2006 1–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 27–27–3
58 L February 9, 2006 1–5 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 27–28–3
59 L February 12, 2006 4–5 OT San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 27–28–4
60 W March 2, 2006 6–2 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 28–28–4
61 L March 4, 2006 3–7 Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 28–29–4
62 W March 7, 2006 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 29–29–4
63 L March 9, 2006 4–5 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 29–30–4
64 L March 11, 2006 3–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 29–31–4
65 L March 12, 2006 2–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 29–32–4
66 W March 14, 2006 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 30–32–4
67 L March 16, 2006 0–2 @ Nashville Predators (2005–06) 30–33–4
68 W March 19, 2006 3–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 31–33–4
69 W March 21, 2006 5–2 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 32–33–4
70 W March 23, 2006 4–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 33–33–4
71 L March 25, 2006 2–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 33–34–4
72 W March 28, 2006 5–3 Nashville Predators (2005–06) 34–34–4
73 W March 30, 2006 5–2 @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 35–34–4
74 W April 1, 2006 4–3 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 36–34–4
75 L April 3, 2006 1–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 36–35–4
76 L April 5, 2006 2–5 @ Calgary Flames (2005–06) 36–36–4
77 L April 8, 2006 2–3 SO Dallas Stars (2005–06) 36–36–5
78 L April 10, 2006 2–3 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 36–37–5
79 L April 11, 2006 4–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 36–38–5
80 W April 13, 2006 3–0 Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 37–38–5
81 L April 15, 2006 1–5 @ Nashville Predators (2005–06) 37–39–5
82 W April 16, 2006 3–0 @ St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 38–39–5
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Torino Olympics[edit | edit source]

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Doan, ShaneShane Doan RW 82 30 36 66 123 -9 17 0 7
Comrie, MikeMike Comrie C 80 30 30 60 55 2 10 0 4
Nagy, LadislavLadislav Nagy LW 51 15 41 56 74 8 7 1 4
Johnson, MikeMike Johnson RW 80 16 38 54 50 7 6 1 3
Mara, PaulPaul Mara D 78 15 32 47 70 -12 8 0 0
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 75 25 21 46 58 -14 11 1 1
Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard D 82 8 31 39 99 -18 1 3 1
Morris, DerekDerek Morris D 53 6 21 27 54 -7 4 1 2
Saprykin, OlegOleg Saprykin LW 67 11 14 25 50 -16 3 0 1
Michalek, ZbynekZbynek Michalek D 82 9 15 24 62 4 5 0 2
Reinprecht, SteveSteve Reinprecht C 28 12 11 23 8 1 4 1 2
Scatchard, DaveDave Scatchard C 47 11 12 23 84 -11 4 0 3
Sjostrom, FredrikFredrik Sjostrom RW 75 6 17 23 42 1 1 0 1
Devereaux, BoydBoyd Devereaux C 78 8 14 22 44 -13 1 0 1
Leclerc, MikeMike Leclerc LW 35 9 12 21 29 0 4 0 0
Lundmark, JamieJamie Lundmark C 38 5 13 18 36 -1 1 0 0
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 78 10 6 16 69 -22 5 1 1
Kvasha, OlegOleg Kvasha LW/C 15 4 7 11 6 5 0 0 0
Gauthier, DenisDenis Gauthier D 45 2 9 11 61 -4 0 0 0
Nedved, PetrPetr Nedved C 25 2 9 11 34 -6 1 0 1
Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg D 34 1 10 11 14 -9 1 0 0
O'Donnell, SeanSean O'Donnell D 57 1 7 8 121 3 0 0 0
Nash, TysonTyson Nash LW 50 0 6 6 84 -7 0 0 0
Rivers, JamieJamie Rivers D 18 0 5 5 26 2 0 0 0
Tanabe, DavidDavid Tanabe D 21 0 4 4 8 -5 0 0 0
Kolanos, KrysKrys Kolanos C 9 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 0
Thomas, BillBill Thomas RW 9 1 2 3 8 -2 1 0 0
Perrault, JoelJoel Perrault C 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
Jones, MattMatt Jones D 16 0 2 2 14 -2 0 0 0
Gratton, JoshJosh Gratton LW 11 1 0 1 30 -3 0 0 0
Lehoux, YanickYanick Lehoux C 3 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
Gainey, SteveSteve Gainey LW 20 0 1 1 20 -3 0 0 0
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 5 0 1 1 0 -3 0 0 0
Joseph, CurtisCurtis Joseph G 60 0 1 1 18 0 0 0 0
Spiller, MatthewMatthew Spiller D 8 0 1 1 13 -1 0 0 0
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher G 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Brendl, PavelPavel Brendl RW 2 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Jackman, TimTim Jackman RW 8 0 0 0 21 1 0 0 0
LeNeveu, DavidDavid LeNeveu G 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Rupp, MikeMike Rupp C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sauve, PhilippePhilippe Sauve G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taffe, JeffJeff Taffe C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 4 1690 1524 .902
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher 512 11 3 6 0 33 3.87 0 268 235 .877
LeNeveu, DavidDavid LeNeveu 814 15 3 8 2 44 3.24 0 386 342 .886
Sauve, PhilippePhilippe Sauve 187 5 0 4 0 17 5.45 0 128 111 .867
Team: 4937 82 38 39 5 260 3.16 4 2472 2212 .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;

Transactions[edit | edit source]

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

Trades[edit | edit source]

Free agents Acquired/Lost[edit | edit source]

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

Roster[edit | edit source]

Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


  • GM: Mike Barnett
  • Coach: Wayne Gretzky

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

     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 teams[edit | edit source]

  • San Antonio Rampage, American Hockey League[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  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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