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Coach Dave Tippett helps the Phoenix Coyotes win despite hard times

Updated: August 13, 2012, 8:23 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

8:30 A.M. Little Lauren. Princess Kayla. Blake the birthday boy. Some kid is always hosting his or her party at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Ariz., turning the rink into a screaming, chaotic blur of candles and wrapping paper and toe stops. This might be, in fact, the most annoying place in America to try to concentrate. Still, at a small cafe table overlooking the ice, surrounded by the giggly din, a man in a black jacket is drinking black coffee while jotting notes in a black ...

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