Coyotes set to become “Arizona Coyotes” next season
The Phoenix Coyotes haven’t played a home game in Arizona state capital in over a decade. Now, the team is going to shift that focus to the broader stage.
Today, the Coyotes’ organization stated that starting in 2014-15, the team will change their name from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Arizona Coyotes.
“We are very excited to announce that our franchise name will change to Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season,” said [co-owner, President and CEO Anthony] LeBlanc. “Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest.
“We hope that the name ‘Arizona’ will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team.”
The Coyotes moved into an arena in downtown Phoenix immediately following their relocation from Winnipeg in 1996, but they were moved to Glendale in 2003 to their current location, Jobing.com Arena.
Despite the franchise’s success under head coach Dave Tippett, much of their recent history has been marred by a period of NHL ownership and constant questions about the possibility of relocation. Now with solid ownership in place and long-term contracts signed by Tippett and general manager Don Maloney, the Coyotes are primed to move into a new era of success.
With the name change in place, the Coyotes franchise could certainly take a larger role in developing fan interest in hockey throughout the southwestern United States.
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