Friday, June 27 is a big day for the Phoenix Coyotes. That evening they will be picking 12th overall in that 2014 NHL Entry Draft and it is the first day that the franchise will be known as the Arizona Coyotes.
“We are very excited that our franchise will change its name to the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Entry Draft this week,” Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said in a team release on Monday. “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 franchise was renamed the Phoenix Coyotes after the Winnipeg Jets relocated to the South West in 1996. The Coyotes played in Phoenix from 1996 to 2003 at US Airways Center. The Coyotes moved to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in 2003 and into their new home ice at Jobing.com Arena.
Since 2003 the Coyotes have been geographical anomaly by living in Glendale but calling Phoenix home. On Friday, June 27 the franchise will make amends for their confusing geography and will also show off a new wordmark for the upcoming season. These aren't bold changes but subtle reminders to the people that the Coyotes belong to Arizona and not just to the state capital.