Even with the big decision on whether the team will remain in Phoenix or be sent back to Winnipeg looming overhead, the Coyotes are already planning for next season.
Brett Hextall, a center that Phoenix drafted during the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, was signed on April 22. General Manager Don Maloney made the announcement but details of the deal could not be disclosed.
Hextall is not a new name to hockey. Once Brett plays in the league, his family will become the second four-generation hockey family to play in the NHL. He is the son of former professional goaltender Ron Hextall who played. He is a grandson of Bryan Jr. Hextall and great nephew to Dennis Hextall. And last but not least, Brett’s great grandfather is Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Hextall who was also a forward.
Hextall has spent three years playing at the University of North Dakota playing for the Fighting Sioux and holds the record for power-play goals at North Dakota.