The Phoenix Coyotes will cease to exist after the 2013-14 season. No, the team isn't folding up shop and relocating. Instead, the Coyotes will be called the Arizona Coyotes beginning in 2014-15.
The club announced the change on Twitter:
No surprise here. The organization has been planning on changing their name for quite some time, but they were waiting for the right time after the NHL lockout killed off a chunk of 2012-13. They even announced in August of 2013 that they were waiting on officially changing the name.
Now the time is right.
From the release, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said:
We are very excited to announce that our franchise name will change to Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season. 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 will wear new shoulder patches on their uniforms in 2014-15, but the rest of the uniform will stay the same.
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Yes, because changing the name from Phoenix to Arizona will make more people realize that you exist and therefore show up to the building. Dumbest idea I've ever heard. I'm sure more people from around the region show up to Patriots games because they represent all of New England and not just Boston or Foxborough, right? It couldn't possibly be because they've been really good for the past 15 years and play in a market that makes sense for their sport. My God, just give up the experiment, NHL. Move the team to Seattle or Canada already.
@brianski71 There are more fans her than you think. They aren't moving so get that stupid notion that there will be a team in Seattle. Arizona is a very transient state and people need to get over their old hometowns team and embrace the Coyotes!
1. I don't care at all about Seattle. My hometown already has a team that we actually care about. 2. It's obvious that most people in Arizona couldn't care less about hockey. For God's sake, when they have a top team in the west, they have trouble selling out playoff games. That's a fact, not my opinion. The Pens aren't moving, so I really don't care where the other 29 teams play. But, it'd be nice if the league would quit trying to put square pegs in round holes and actually put teams in hockey markets, so that they could generate even more revenue and the cap could go up.