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Phoenix Coyotes changing name, will become known as Arizona Coyotes in NHL

The Phoenix Coyotes are officially changing their NHL designation for next year.
The Phoenix Coyotes are officially changing their NHL designation for next year.
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The Phoenix Coyotes are changing their name to the Arizona Coyotes for the 2014-15 NHL season. Changing their name from Phoenix to Arizona is a decision based in logic, since the team plays its games in Glendale. According to a report from USA Today on Wednesday (Jan. 29), Anthony LeBlanc, the team's co-owner, president and CEO formally announced and confirmed the decision that has been made.

It isn't exactly a surprise that the franchise has decided to make this move and they also aren't the only team to be denoted by a city they don't play in. Next year the 49ers won't play in San Francisco and the New York Jets and New York Giants actually play in New Jersey. That latter example has made the 2014 Super Bowl confusing for some football fans because while the New York teams are hosting it, the game will be played over in New Jersey.

Speaking about the decision, LeBlanc stated, "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 for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest."

Maybe the buzz of the Phoenix Coyotes changing their name can create some energy for the team, because right now they are sitting on the outside when it comes to making the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team is 25-18-10 this season and has 60 points in the Western Conference. That puts them as the ninth place team, three points behind the Vancouver Canucks when it comes to qualifying for the postseason.