Phoenix Coyotes

Sport Hockey
Country United States United States
Home town Glendale, Arizona
Founding year 1972
Leagues National Hockey League

The Phoenix Coyotes are an NHL franchise in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

The Coyotes began their existence as the Winnipeg Jets, founded in 1972 and playing in the WHA. The Jets were very successful in the WHA, winning a number of league titles, and earning a spot in the NHL when the two leagues merged in 1979. The Jets lost much of their success after moving to the NHL, remaining strong enough to make the playoffs, but rarely winning playoff series. The increase in salaries for average players hit the Jets very hard, and forced them to move to a newer market with more potential to be economically successful. Interestingly enough, current owner Wayne Gretzky may have paved the way for the Jets to be relocated to Phoenix, after the time he spent in LA, helping to bring hockey to the Southwestern United States.

The Coyotes enjoyed regular season success almost immediately, finishing above .500 and making the playoffs five times out of the first six years they were in Phoenix. The sharp play of Nikolai Khabibulin, with stars like Jeremy Roenick, Mike Gartner, Keith Tkachuk and Shane Doan in front of him, carried the Coyotes to consistent 90+ point finishes. Unfortunately, the same syndrome that haunted the Jets stuck with the Coyotes, and Phoenix has yet to win a single playoff series. Since 2002, the Coyotes have suffered through a number of disappointing seasons with no playoff appearances. Gretzky has done much to try and rebuild the young team, and the Coyotes actually made strides in the 2008 offseason. The drafting of Viktor Tikhonov and the acquisition of superstar Olli Jokinen and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov should help the Coyotes begin their return to becoming a competitive franchise again.

The Coyotes play out of the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ which seats 17,799.

Stanley Cups won: none

Notable Players: Sean Burke, Shane Doan, Tie Domi, Bob Essensa, Mike Gartner, Dale Hawerchuk, Phil Housley, Bobby Hull, Nikolai Khabibulin, Teppo Numminen, Ed Olcyzk, Jeremy Roenick, Serge Savard, Teemu Selanne, Thomas Steen, Keith Tkachuk, Alexei Zhamnov


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Match Results

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings won a game against Phoenix Coyotes (6 - 3) in the National Hockey League - over 3 years ago

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings won a game against Phoenix Coyotes (4 - 2) in the National Hockey League - over 3 years ago

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings won a game against Phoenix Coyotes (5 - 3) in the National Hockey League - over 3 years ago

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings won a game against Phoenix Coyotes (4 - 2) in the National Hockey League - over 3 years ago

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    Prue Not bad at all fellas and gaalls. Thanks.

    over 3 years ago

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    Dorixx -Thanks for pointing out games peayld in 1936 and 1954. Well let me give you a fucken history lesson asshole. Since 1972 there has been 11 hockey tournaments where every country sent their best players to play. Canada has won 7 of those tournies, USA 1, Sweden 1, Czech 1, and CCCP 1. All of the Olympic gold medals the CCCP won was a team of pros versus college students from Canada!! and most Canadian players are unable to play in the WC every year but we still won 24!!

    over 2 years ago
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    Javier bison? ha ha, No the USA likes Football, Baseball, Basketball in that order. Hockey is after Nascar, College football, College Basketball and Mens/Womens Tennis and GOLF.

    over 2 years ago

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Team Roster

Name Position
Shane Doan
Scottie Upshall right wing
Radim Vrbata right wing
Radim Vrbata right wing
Lauri Korpikoski centre
Andrew Ebbett centre
Petteri Nokelainen centre
Brett MacLean left wing
Alexandre Picard left wing
Ray Whitney left wing

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