President of Hockey Operations,
General Manager & Alternate Governor
John Chayka is in his third season with the Coyotes as General
Manager and was promoted to President of Hockey Operations on July
12, 2017. He was named General Manager on May 5, 2016. At 26-years
old, he became the youngest general manager in NHL and North
American major sports history.
Chayka joined the Coyotes prior to the 2015-16 season as Assistant
General Manager, Analytics. He was involved in all areas of hockey
operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation
as well as player development and coaching support.
Prior to joining the Coyotes, he co-founded and served as Director of
Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. since 2009. Stathletes is a hockey
analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis
process and breaks down the game to provide objective insight into
player and team performance tendencies.
The now 29-year-old native of Jordan Station, Ontario earned his
bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey
School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2014. Chayka
was drafted to the Ontario Hockey League but committed to going to
college instead. He played Junior “A” hockey in Canada and was a top
scorer in the Maritime Junior “A” League. He also played briefly in the
BCHL before suffering a career ending injury.
John currently resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Kathryn, and