Arizona Coyotes Team History
Due to the team’s bankruptcy status since 2009 and the annual revenue lost each year, the NHL planned to move the Coyotes should a deal with the city for a new lease and new ownership not be decided by July 2, 2013. The plan was to move the franchise to a new city, likely Seattle. On July 2, 2013, by a vote of 4–3, the Glendale City Council approved a 15-year lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment (RSE), who would purchase the team from the NHL for US$225 million by August 5, 2013. The members of the Canadian group are Executive Chairman & Governor George Gosbee, President, CEO & Alternate Governor Anthony LeBlanc, Alternate Governor Craig Stewart, and Directors Gary J. Drummond, W. David Duckett, William “Bill” Dutton, Robert Gwin, Scott Saxberg and Richard Walter. RSE partnered with Global Spectrum (owners of the Philadelphia Flyers) for help in managing Gila River Arena. The agreement has the city of Glendale giving RSE US$15 million per year for management fees. There is an agreement that RSE can move the team after five years, if it accrues $50 million US in losses.
On January 29, 2014, the new ownership group announced that the team would change its name to the “Arizona Coyotes” for the 2014–15 season. According to Coyotes President Anthony LeBlanc, the change is being made to reflect that the team is no longer located within Phoenix city limits and to include all hockey fans in the state of Arizona. Aside from a new shoulder patch, the team’s uniform design will not change.
The Coyotes played their final game under the Phoenix moniker with a 2–1 victory over the Dallas Stars on April 13, 2014. In front of 15,146 fans, David Moss scored the final goal in Phoenix Coyotes history with 2:31 left in the regulation time.
The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Since December 2003, the Coyotes have played their home games at Gila River Arena after having spent 7½ seasons at America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in downtown Phoenix.
Winnipeg – Phoenix
1979 – Present National Hockey League
1972 – 1979 World Hockey Association
Coyotes – The Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996 and Coyotes was the winner in a name-the-team contest that attracted more than 10,000 entries. Scorpions was the runner-up.
2014 – Present Arizona Coyotes
1996 – 2013 Phoenix Coyotes
1972 – 1996 Winnipeg Jets
Stanley Cups 0
2014 – Present Gila River Arena
2006 – 2014 Jobing.com Arena
2003 – 2005 Glendale Arena
1996 – 2003 America West Arena
1972 – 1996 Winnipeg Arena
2013 – Present IceArizona
2009 – 2013 National Hockey League
2006 – 2009 Wayne Gretzky and Jerry Moyes
2001 – 2006 Steve Ellman, Wayne Gretzky, and Jerry Moyes
1998 – 2001 Richard Burke
1996 – 1998 Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke
1979 – 1996 Barry Shenkarow
1972 – 1979 Ben Hatskin
7 Keith Tkachuk
9 Bobby Hull
10 Dale Hawerchuk
25 Thomas Steen
27 Teppo Numminen
97 Jeremy Roenick
99 Wayne Gretzky
2005 – Present Howler the Coyote
*Blue is this team’s history