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Coyotes name McSorley minor league coach

June 16, 2002 at 3:26 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 16 (UPI) -- Subject: HOCKEY NOTE

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2002 3:20:22 PM EST

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Marty McSorley, who was convicted of assault for an on-ice incident nearly two years ago, on Sunday was named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes' top minor league affiliate.

McSorley will take the reins of the Springfield Falcons in his first coaching job. He will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.

The move was announced by Phoenix general manager Michael Barnett, who used to work as McSorley's agent. McSorley's former teammate, Wayne Gretzky, is a part-owner of the Coyotes.

"We have every reason to believe that Marty McSorley will bring to the coaching fraternity, and to his players, the same passion and desire to excel that he brought to the ice as a player," Barnett said. "Marty McSorley was never drafted yet willed his way into the NHL and enjoyed a 17-year career."

That career ended abruptly on Feb. 21, 2000 after McSorley delivered a slash to the head of then-Vancouver Canucks winger Donald Brashear while playing for the Boston Bruins. McSorley received a one-year suspension from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and later was convicted of assault in a British Columbia court. He served no jail time.

McSorley, 39, spent 17 seasons in the NHL with Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, San Jose and Boston. He ranks third on the all-time list with 3,381 penalty minutes and accumulated 108 goals and 251 assists in 961 games.

He won two Stanley Cup championships with Edmonton in 1987 and 1988, then was traded with Gretzky to Los Angeles in August 1988. McSorley picked up the primary assist on Gretzky's record-breaking 802nd NHL goal on March 23, 1994.

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Marty McSorley, who was

convicted of assault for an on-ice incident nearly two years

ago, on Sunday was named coach of the Phoenix Coyotes' top minor

league affiliate.

McSorley will take the reins of the Springfield Falcons in his

first coaching job. He will be introduced at a news conference

on Tuesday.

The move was announced by Phoenix general manager Michael

Barnett, who used to work as McSorley's agent. McSorley's

former teammate, Wayne Gretzky, is a part-owner of the Coyotes.

"We have every reason to believe that Marty McSorley will bring

to the coaching fraternity, and to his players, the same passion

and desire to excel that he brought to the ice as a player,"

Barnett said. "Marty McSorley was never drafted yet willed his

way into the NHL and enjoyed a 17-year career."

That career ended abruptly on February 21, 2000 after McSorley

delivered a slash to the head of then-Vancouver Canucks winger

Donald Brashear while playing for the Boston Bruins. McSorley

received a one-year suspension from NHL commissioner Gary

Bettman and later was convicted of assault in a British Columbia

court. He served no jail time.

McSorley, 39, spent 17 seasons in the NHL with Pittsburgh,

Edmonton, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, San Jose and

Boston. He ranks third on the all-time list with 3,381 penalty

minutes and accumulated 108 goals and 251 assists in 961 games.

He won two Stanley Cup championships with in Edmonton in 1987

and 1988, then was traded with Gretzky to Los Angeles in August

1988. McSorley picked up the primary assist on Gretzky's

record-breaking 802nd NHL goal on March 23, 1994.

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