Rick Tocchet will replace Gerard Gallant as Pacific Division coach at NHL All-Star Weekend


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The National Hockey League announced Thursday that Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet will coach the Pacific Division team at the NHL All-Star Weekend, replacing fired Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant.

Tocchet will join Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues (Central) and Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) as All-Star Game coaches.

The NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 24-25 in St. Louis, will once again consist of a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring four teams – one for each NHL division.

Tocchet has guided the Coyotes to a 26-18-5 (57 points) record while Arizona currently occupies first place in the Pacific Division this season.

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The 55-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario, was previously a four-time NHL All-Star as a player.

Vegas had been in first place in the…

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