PHILADELPHIA -- The NHL says Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes has been chosen as the league's top general manager this season.
Maloney became the award's first winner on Wednesday during a meeting of the NHL's general managers at the Stanley Cup finals.
Voting was conducted after the season among the league's 30 GMs and a panel of NHL executives, and print and broadcast media.
The Coyotes endured a difficult season in which the team's future in Arizona was unsettled.
Phoenix, under new coach Dave Tippett -- who was hired by Maloney -- set franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points and made the playoffs for the first time since 2002.