New Coyotes in PhoenixVarious schemes were devised to save the team. Attempts to find a local buyer were unsuccessful, with league commissioner Gary Bettman saying, “there doesn’t seem to be anybody, in a serious fashion, who wants to own the franchise.” After a final last effort by a team of local businessmen, dubbed the Spirit of Manitoba, fell through, team owner Barry Shenkarow ...
Glendale Arena OpensIn 2003, the team opened Glendale Arena, now known as Jobing.com Arena, and moved there in 2003. Ellman put forward numerous proposals to improve the hockey sightlines in America West Arena in hopes of boosting capacity back over the 17,000 marks. However, neither of these got beyond the planning stages, leading Ellman to commit to building a new arena. Simultaneously, ...
Struggles and BankruptcyIn December 2008, the media became aware that the Coyotes were suffering massive losses, and the NHL was paying the team’s bills. The media reports were minimized by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and vice-president Bill Daly. However, Moyes had secretly given operational control of the team to the league. In May 2009, Moyes put the team into bankruptcy hours before ...
History of the Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They began playing in the National Hockey League (NHL) as an expansion franchise during the 1996-97 season and have since become one of the most successful teams in their division. The Coyotes were initially called the Winnipeg Jets when they first joined the NHL but moved to Arizona following financial difficulties their owners experienced. Since then, they have established themselves as a formidable force on and off the ice with numerous playoff appearances and even reaching Stanley Cup Finals in 2012.
Since joining NHL, Phoenix has had some great players who helped shape its history over the years, like Keith Tkachuk or Shane Doan, who was part of this organization from 1995 to 2017, the longest-serving captain ever for any team within the league. Moreover, many other talented players, such as Jeremy Roenick, Ladislav Nagy, and Niko Kapanen, contributed to a success story that made them reach the Conference finals three times during the 2000s decade.
In recent years, however, the situation hasn’t been such bright due lack of stability caused by ownership issues making it hard for them to compete against more significant markets like the Los Angeles Kings or Chicago Blackhawks; despite all those problems, though, there is still a chance that the future will be brighter especially if a new owner comes along willing to invest money into building a competitive roster around young stars like Clayton Keller while maintaining fan base loyalty which has always been strong despite difficult times faced recently. All things considered, Phoenix Coyotes have an engaging past full of ups & downs, but hopefully, good days lie ahead too!
Winnipeg – Phoenix
1979 – Present / National Hockey League
1972 – 1979 / World Hockey Association
2014 – Present / Arizona Coyotes
1996 – 2013 / Phoenix Coyotes
1972 – 1996 / Winnipeg Jets
Coyotes – The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. The team is part of the National Hockey League (NHL) and has been since its inception in 1996. While the franchise has undergone several name changes over its history, its current moniker—the Coyotes—has become an iconic symbol of the city and is beloved by fans everywhere. But where did this unique nickname come from?
It all began when former owner Jerry Colangelo relocated his NHL franchise from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996. At first, they were known as "Arizona Coyotes," but that didn't quite have a ring. Hence, he decided to change their name once again after consulting with local Native American tribes about potential ideas for nicknames that would reflect Arizona’s heritage, identity, and desert landscape. After much deliberation, Colangelo chose “Coyotes” because coyotes are native animals found throughout Arizona that also represent strength and resilience – two traits shared by many athletes on ice!
In addition to being inspired by nature, another factor was at play when choosing this mascot: marketing appeal! By going with “Coyotes” instead of something more generic like “Desert Dogs" or "Dune Cats," Colangelo knew he could create an instantly recognizable logo design featuring a snarling coyote head wearing sunglasses - something that would be sure stand out among other teams' logos across sports leagues around North America (and beyond). And indeed it did; today, you can find merchandise featuring those same classic designs sold far outside of just Phoenix or even just hockey fan circles - proving his decision's success back then!
Stanley Cups 0
Avco Cup 0
1979, 1978, 1976
2014 – Present / Gila River Arena
2006 – 2014 / Jobing.com Arena
2003 – 2005 / Glendale Arena
1996 – 2003 / America West Arena
1972 – 1996 / Winnipeg Arena
2019 - Present / Alex Meruelo
2013 – 2019/ 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
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
19 / Shane Doan
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history