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In a state of flux for the last half decade, the Arizona Coyotes are finally on firm ground in the desert. New ownership in 2013 and a name change in 2014 brought new leadership and passion for hockey, which can only mean good news for fans of the Glendale, Arizona based team.
A Brief History
The Coyotes had a long, evolving road to where they are today. The Winnipeg Jets were founded in 1972 as a WHA franchise before entering the NHL in 1979. Though the Jets suited up hockey immortals like Bobby Hull and Dale Hawerchuck and enjoyed plenty of regular season success during their years in Manitoba, the team never advanced to a Stanley Cup Final and ultimately fell on financial hard times.
A Decade of Changes
Prior to the 1996 NHL season, with the help of one-time Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo, the Winnipeg Jets moved south and became the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes qualified for the post-season 8 times, and been through a few ownership groups including one run by the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. The franchise’s greatest season came in 2012, when the Coyotes advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals, before falling to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. On April 13th, 2014 they played their final game as the Phoenix Coyotes, with the hopes that the new moniker would include sports fans all across the state of Arizona.
A New Era in the Desert
It all starts with captain Shane Doan, a forward who’s been with the franchise since their days in Winnipeg. With Martin Hanzal at center as source of power and strength, Doan also has forward David Moss as a new addition to strengthen the front line for the Coyotes. The Coyote defense is one of the best in the NHL. With Keith Yandle and young-gun Oliver Ekman-Larsson holding the opposition at bay, re-signed goaltender Mike Smith should have all the protection he needs to lead this team back to the playoffs.
Get in on the Action at Jobing.com Arena
There are ZERO bad seats at Jobing.com. Opened a decade ago in the heart of Glendale, the Coyotes have one of the best hockey arenas in the world. With the ownership situation finally behind them, the Coyotes are ready to rise. Save on every ticket, every day with ScoreBig.