Phoenix Coyotes

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Balsillie has sponsors on his side in bid to move Coyotes - USA Today
TORONTO (AP) — Jim Balsillie has announced a pair of corporate sponsors in his bid to bring the financially troubled Phoenix Coyotes to Canada. The co-CEO of Blackberry maker Research In Motion said Friday that Labatt Breweries and Home Hardware are...
The Answerman on the Coyotes - Globe and Mail
The Answerman returns from a long absence to ponder the Phoenix Coyotes' future, Jim Balsillie's motivations, the NHL's plans for southern Ontario and what might happen next in the ongoing saga of impulsive Blackberry millionaire meets intransigent NHL...
Glendale's financial rating may slide if Coyotes move - AZ Central.com
15, 2009 09:22 AM Moody's, the bond rating and investment information firm, is keeping a keen eye on the potential impact a Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy could have on Glendale's finances. In a ratings update released last week, Moody's analysts said they...
Canadian fans show support for Coyotes move - Bizjournals.com
A new Web site advocating the Phoenix Coyotes move to Canada has garnered more than 120000 supporters since it launched eight days ago. Makeitseven.ca was established on the heels of Jim Balsillie¹s offer to purchase the Coyotes for $213 million after...
Coyotes move would have little impact on TV deals - Bizjournals.com
The Phoenix Coyotes' potential move to Canada would not have a major effect on either the team's local TV contract or the league's national TV contracts. A source with the league's board of governors said the Coyotes' local TV deal with Fox Sports...
Coyotes bankruptcy could impact arena deals - Bizjournals.com
The Phoenix Coyotes appear to be the first big league team to file for bankruptcy protection in the middle of a long-term lease, and the move could have ramifications for other teams and cities when they try to finance new buildings....
Team owner Bruce Levenson says Thrashers not moving from Atlanta - The Canadian Press
There also are efforts to move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton. Levenson said his Atlanta Spirit LLC ownership group, which also owns the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and operating rights to Philips Arena, recently hired an agency to "explore inquiries" from...
BlackBerry Billionaire's Rant About Canada, the NHL, Coyotes, Tigers - Bleacher Report
by Martin Avery [HUMOR] Jim Balsillie's quotable quotes about his reasons for wanting to buy the Phoenix Coyotes are becoming as famous as the "I am Canadian" rant that was incredibly popular a few years ago. Everybody in Canada and many American...
Posted Podcast: Mulroney testifies, Phoenix fight gets heated, and ... - National Post
And in RIM billionaire Jim Balsillie's renegade bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, Sean Fitz-Gerald brings us up to speed in the increasingly acrimonious bankruptcy court fight over who exactly is currently in control of the NHL franchise....
Phoenix Coyotes Seek Bankruptcy-Court Approved Sale - Bloomberg
By Edvard Pettersson and Erik Matuszewski May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection and has an offer from PSE Sports & Entertainment LP, which would move the team from Arizona to...

Phoenix Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes were founded in 1972 as the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA), joining the NHL in 1979 and moving to Phoenix in 1996. Their home ice was at the US Airways Center (then known as America West Arena) for seven years until 2003, when Jobing.com Arena opened.

The team began play as the Winnipeg Jets, one of the founding franchises in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Jets were the most successful team in the short-lived WHA, winning the Avco World Trophy, the league's championship trophy, three times and making the finals five out of the WHA's seven seasons. It then became one of the four teams admitted to the NHL when the rival leagues merged in 1979.

However, the club was never able to translate that success into the NHL after the merger. As part of the terms under which the former WHA teams joined the NHL, the established NHL teams were allowed to reclaim most of the players that jumped to the upstart league. The Jets lost most of their best players in the ensuing reclamation draft. As a result, they finished dead last in the NHL during their first two seasons, including a nine-win season in 1980-81 that is still the worst in franchise history. They recovered fairly quickly, however, making the playoffs 11 times in the next 15 seasons. However, they only won two playoff series largely due to being in the same division as the powerful Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Because of the way the playoffs were structured for much of their Winnipeg run, they were all but assured of having to defeat either the Oilers or the Flames (or both) to reach the Conference Finals. In 1984-85, for instance, they finished with the fifth-best record in the league, only to be bounced by the Oilers in the division finals.

Another key addition to the squad was veteran forward Mike Gartner, who had come over from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite his experience and scoring his 700th career goal on December 15, 1997, Gartner battled injuries as 1997 became 1998, and the Coyotes did not renew his contract. He retired at the end of the season.

After arriving in Phoenix, the team posted six consecutive .500 or better seasons, making the playoffs in every year but one. They were tremendously popular, in part because of the large number of Northern transplants in the Phoenix area.

However, the Coyotes' home during their first eight years in Phoenix, America West Arena, was completely inadequate for hockey. Although considered a state-of-the-the-art arena when it was built for the Phoenix Suns basketball team, the floor was just barely large enough to fit a hockey rink. The building was hastily re-engineered to accomodate the 200 foot rink, and the configuration left a portion of one end of the upper deck hanging over the boards and ice obscuring almost a third of the rink and one goal from several sections. As a result, listed capacity had to be cut down to just over 16,000 — the second-smallest in the league at the time — after the first season.

Burke bought out Gluckstern in 1998, but was unable to attract more investors to alleviate the team's financial woes (see below). Finally, in 2001, Burke sold the team to Phoenix-area developer Steve Ellman, with Wayne Gretzky as a part-owner and head of hockey operations. Ellman has since sold controlling interest to trucking company executive Jerry Moyes, who is also a part-owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

To this day, however, the Coyotes have never made it out of the first round of the playoffs. The franchise has not won a playoff series since 1987, when it was still in Winnipeg. The closest that they came to advancing past the first round was during the 1999 playoffs, when they lost a heartbreaking Game 7 to the St. Louis Blues. In 2002, the Coyotes posted 95 points, one point behind their best total as an NHL team, but made a rather meek first-round exit from the playoffs, being eliminated in five games by the San Jose Sharks.

From then until the 2007-08 season, the Coyotes were barely competitive and managed to break the 80–point barrier only once during that time. Attendance levels dropped considerably, worrying many league executives. In addition, an unfavorable lease with the city of Phoenix (owner of America West Arena) had the team bleeding red ink; the Coyotes have never really recovered from the resulting financial problems.

In 2003, the team opened Glendale Arena (now known as Jobing.com Arena), and moved there in 2003. Ellman had committed to building the new arena after numerous proposals to improve the hockey sight lines in America West Arena came to nothing. Simultaneously, the team changed its logo and uniforms, moving from the previous multi-colored kit to a more streamlined look.

On August 6, 2005, Brett Hull, son of former Jet Bobby Hull, was signed and assigned the elder Hull's retired # 9. Two days later, Gretzky named himself head coach, replacing Rick Bowness, despite the fact that he had never coached at any level of hockey. The Coyotes Ring of Honor was unveiled on October 8, inducting Gretzky and Bobby Hull. One week later, Brett Hull announced his retirement. On January 21, 2006, Jets great Thomas Steen was the third inductee to the Ring of Honor. On April 13, Steve Ellman announced an agreement for Jerry Moyes to assume majority ownership control of the Coyotes, Glendale Arena and the National Lacrosse League's Arizona Sting.

Also in the 2005–06 season, the Coyotes were planning to host the NHL All-Star Game, which was canceled because of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

On April 11, 2007, CEO Jeff Shumway announced that general manager Michael Barnett (Gretzky's agent for over 20 years), senior executive vice president of hockey operations Cliff Fletcher, and San Antonio Rampage's general manager and Coyotes' assistant general manager Laurence Gilman "have been relieved of their duties." The Coyotes finished the 2006–2007 season 31–46–5, its worst record since relocating to Phoenix.

On May 29, 2007, Jeff Shumway announced that Don Maloney had agreed to a multi-year contract to become General Manager of the Coyotes. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. However, as has been the case with all general managers since 2001, Maloney serves in an advisory role to Gretzky.

The 2007–08 season was something of a resurgence for the Phoenix Coyotes. After their disastrous 2006–07 campaign, the Coyotes looked to rebuild the team by relying on their drafted talent such as Peter Mueller and Martin Hanzal to make the team successful as opposed to using free agency. The Coyotes also acquired Radim Vrbata from the Chicago Blackhawks for Kevyn Adams in an effort to provide the team with more offense. The team signed both Alex Auld and David Aebischer to compete for the starting goaltender position with Mikael Tellqvist acting as the backup goaltender. Neither Auld or Aebischer were able to hold on to the starting position, leaving the Coyotes to turn to the waiver wire for assistance. On November 17, 2007, the Coyotes were able to claim Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Bryzgalov responded by not only starting in goal the day he was acquired, but posing a shutout in his Coyotes debut against the Los Angeles Kings. Bryzgalov was soon given a 3–year contract extension because of his high level of play. Despite predictions of another disastrous season, the Coyotes played competitive hockey for most of the season. However, they finished eight points short of the last playoff spot, with 83 points.

On December 23, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that the Phoenix Coyotes team is receiving financial assistance from the league in the form of advances on league revenues. The Coyotes have pledged all of their assets to New York company SOF Investments LP to cover an estimated debt of $80 million. The team has lost an estimated $200 million since 2001 and may lose $30 million this season. One of the team's owners, Jerry Moyes' principal source of revenue, Swift Transportation is also in financial difficulty. ESPN reported that the league has become involved with the operations of the Coyotes and their revenues. The NHL apparently wants to work with the city of Glendale which owns the arena and receives revenues from the team. ESPN also reported that Moyes wants to sell his share of the team and that Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer is a possible interested purchaser.

The Coyotes updated their jerseys for the 2007–08 season, along with all NHL teams, as part of the switchover to Rbk Edge jerseys. The changes made were adding an NHL crest just below the neck opening, removing the stripes that were previously just above the lower hem, and moving the "PHX" patch from the right to the left shoulder. The white jersey also gained red shoulder coloring and laces at the collar.

Howler is the coyote-suited mascot of the Phoenix Coyotes. He was introduced on October 15, 2005. Howler has his own website dedicated to his Kids Club - .

Records as of April 8, 2007.

Updated March 5, 2009.

Note: This list does not include captains from the Winnipeg Jets (NHL & WHA).

The Coyotes continue to honor the retired numbers of the Winnipeg Jets franchise, and are the only relocated WHA team to do so; the banners for Hull and Steen at Jobing.com Arena are in the Jets' blue, white and red. Furthermore, Hawerchuk played for the Jets well before the move to Arizona.

Note: This list does not include selections of the Winnipeg Jets.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise (Winnipeg & Phoenix) history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

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2004–05 Phoenix Coyotes season

The 2004–05 Phoenix Coyotes season would have been their 26th National Hockey League season, and their 8th season in Phoenix, however it was cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time to save the season.

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List of Phoenix Coyotes players

This is a list of players who have played at least one game for the Phoenix Coyotes (1996-97 to present) of the National Hockey League (NHL). This list does not include players for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL and WHA.

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2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes season

The Phoenix Coyotes 2006–07 Season began as a rebuilding stage for the team, as they tried to become good enough to be a factor in the increasingly competitive Western Conference. Not considered one of the "elite" teams in the West, the Phoenix Coyotes knew that they have to make some huge changes to reach that status. They tried to do so by acquiring defenseman Ed Jovanovski and former all-stars Jeremy Roenick and Owen Nolan. They hope to get solid goaltending from Curtis Joseph, and with the former hockey great Wayne Gretzky as head coach, the Coyotes were looking to improve the game of their prospects with the leadership of their veteran players.

Phoenix's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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List of Phoenix Coyotes head coaches

Wayne Gretzky is the current head coach of the Coyotes.

The Phoenix Coyotes are an American professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team started out as a charter member of the World Hockey Association (WHA), and were named the Winnipeg Jets. The WHA then merged with the NHL in 1979, the Jets relocated to Phoenix in 1996, and were renamed the Phoenix Coyotes. Having first played at the America West Arena, the Coyotes have played their home games at the Jobing.com Arena, formerly named the Glendale Arena, since 2003. The team has never been to the playoffs since the 2001–02 season. The Coyotes are owned by Jerry Moyes and Wayne Gretzky, Don Maloney is their general manager, and Shane Doan is the team captain.

There have been five head coaches for the Coyotes team. The team's first head coach was Don Hay, who has coached for one season. Bob Francis is the team's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (390), the most regular-season game wins (165), and the most regular-season points (411); Jim Schoenfeld is the team's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (13), and the most playoff-game wins (5). Francis is also the only Coyotes coach to have won the Jack Adams Award, having winning it in the 2001–02 season. None of the Coyotes coaches have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder, though Wayne Gretzky has been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1999. Francis and Gretzky have each spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the Coyotes. Gretzky has been the head coach of the Coyotes since the 2005–06 season.

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2007–08 season.

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2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes season

The 2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes season is the team's 36th season, 29th season in the National Hockey League, and 11th season as the Phoenix Coyotes. It will see the Coyotes attempt to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2002.

The Phoenix Coyotes played eight pre-season exhibition games to prepare for the regular season. Three games were at home, and the other five were on the road, including the franchise's first game back in Winnipeg since the team moved from there to Phoenix in 1996. The Coyotes finished the pre-season with a 2–5–1 record.

On December 23, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that the Phoenix Coyotes team is receiving financial assistance from the league in the form of advances on league revenues. The Coyotes have pledged all of their assets to New York company SOF Investments LP to cover an estimated debt of $80 million. The team has lost an estimated $200 million since 2001 and may lose $30 million this season. One of the team's owners, Jerry Moyes' principal source of revenue, Swift Transportation is also in financial difficulty. ESPN reported that the league has become involved with the operations of the Coyotes and their revenues. The NHL apparently wants to work with the city of Glendale which owns the arena and receives revenues from the team. If no investers are interested in keeping the team in Phoenix, Kansas City, Winnipeg or Hamilton will likely be healthier destinations for the franchise to relocate. ESPN also reported that Moyes wants to sell his share of the team and that Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer is a possible interested purchaser.

The Coyotes will attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Phoenix's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario.

Updated March 5, 2009.

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Source : Wikipedia