The ARIZONA COYOTES are a professional ice hockey team based in the
Phoenix suburb of
The Coyotes were founded on December 27, 1971, as the
World Hockey Association
On June 27, 2014, the team changed its geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona", and modified its secondary logo. On June 26, 2015, the team introduced updated jerseys for the 2015–16 NHL season .
* 1 Franchise history
* 1.1 Winnipeg Jets (original) (1972–1996) * 1.2 Early years in Phoenix(1996–2005) * 1.3 Gretzky era (2005–2009)
* 1.4 Return to the playoffs and first division championship (2009–2012)
* 1.4.1 2009 bankruptcy and attempts to sell the team
* 1.5 New ownership and "
* 2 Team information
* 2.1 Name * 2.2 Jerseys * 2.3 Mascot
* 3 Season-by-season record
* 4 Players
* 4.1 Current roster * 4.2 Retired numbers * 4.3 Hall of Famers * 4.4 First-round draft picks * 4.5 Team scoring leaders * 4.6 NHL awards and trophies * 4.7 Team records * 4.8 Team captains
* 5 Front office and coaching staff
* 5.1 Front office * 5.2 Coaching staff
* 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
WINNIPEG JETS (ORIGINAL) (1972–1996)
The team began play as the
Winnipeg Jets , one of the founding
franchises in the
World Hockey Association
However, the club was never able to translate its WHA success into the NHL after the merger. The merger's terms allowed the established NHL teams to reclaim most of the players that had jumped to the upstart league, and the Jets lost most of their best players in the ensuing reclamation draft. As a result, they finished 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, the Jets 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, the team was 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. Two years later , they dispatched the Flames in the first round, only to be eliminated again by the Oilers in the division finals. The franchise would not win another playoff series for 25 years.
The Jets ran into financial trouble when player salaries began
spiraling up in the 1990s; this hit the Canadian teams particularly
Winnipeg was the second-smallest market in the NHL for most of
the Jets' existence, and after the
Quebec Nordiques moved to
EARLY YEARS IN PHOENIX(1996–2005)
In the summer that the move took place, Jets star
Alexei Zhamnov left
the team, while the team added established superstar Jeremy Roenick
Chicago Blackhawks . Roenick teamed up with power wingers
Keith Tkachuk and
Rick Tocchet to form a dynamic 1–2–3 offensive
punch that led the Coyotes through their first years in Arizona. Also
impressive were young players like
Shane Doan (he would also be the
last remaining player from the team's days in Winnipeg), Oleg
Tverdovsky and goaltender
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 in the latter half of the 1997–98 season. The Coyotes did not renew his contract, and he retired at the end of the season. Shane Doan was team captain from 2003 to 2017. Holding the franchise record for games played, he was the last Coyotes player to have also played in Winnipeg.
After arriving in Phoenix, the team posted six consecutive .500 or better seasons, making the playoffs in every year but one. The one time they didn't make the playoffs, in 2000–01 , they became the first team to earn 90 points and miss the playoffs.
The Coyotes' original home, America West Arena , was suboptimal for hockey. Although considered a state-of-the-art arena when built for the Phoenix Suns, unlike most modern arenas, it was not designed with a hockey rink in mind. The floor was just barely large enough to fit a standard NHL rink, forcing the Coyotes to hastily re-engineer it to accommodate the 200-foot rink. 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 from over 18,000 seats to just over 16,000 – the second-smallest in the league at the time – after the first season.
Richard Burke bought out Steven Gluckstern in 1998, but was unable to attract more investors to alleviate the team's financial woes (see below). In 2001, Burke sold the team to Phoenix-area developer Steve Ellman, with Wayne Gretzky as a part-owner and head of hockey operations.
The closest that they came to advancing past the first round during
their first decade in
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 arena lease at city-owned America West Arena had the team suffering massive losses (as much as $40 million a year at one point ); the Coyotes have yet to really recover from the resulting financial problems.
The team moved into Glendale Arena (now known as
Gila River Arena )
about 2½ months into the
2003–04 NHL season
In 2005, Ellman sold the Coyotes, the
National Lacrosse League 's
Arizona Sting and the lease to
Gila River Arena to trucking magnate
Jerry Moyes , who is also a part-owner of
Major League Baseball
GRETZKY ERA (2005–2009)
Drafted by the Coyotes in 2005,
On August 6, 2005,
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, their 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 Coyotes.
After their disastrous 2006–07 campaign, the Coyotes looked to
rebuild the team by relying on their drafted talent such as Peter
RETURN TO THE PLAYOFFS AND FIRST DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (2009–2012)
Named head coach in September 2009, Dave Tippett led the Coyotes to their first division championship and three consecutive playoffs. Tippett left the Coyotes in 2017.
On September 24, 2009, Dave Tippett took over coaching duties of the Phoenix Coyotes after Wayne Gretzky stepped down hours before. In just 61 games, Tippett led the Coyotes to more wins in their 2009–10 regular season (37) than their previous season (36), en route to the first 50-win season in the franchise's NHL history.
On March 27, 2010, the Coyotes clinched a playoff spot, their first playoff spot since the 2001–02 season, and in the process, reached the 100-point mark for the first time ever as an NHL team, and the first time overall since the 1977–78 (WHA) Jets scored 102 points. They finished with 107 points, the highest point total in the franchise's 38-year history. This was good enough for fourth overall in the league, tying the 1984–85 Jets for the franchise's highest finish as an NHL team. They also qualified for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, giving them home-ice advantage in the first round for the first time since 1985.
Their first round opponent in the 2010
In the following year, the Coyotes played the Detroit Red Wings for the second straight postseason, in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs . The Coyotes were swept in four games.
On April 7, 2012, the Coyotes defeated the
2009 Bankruptcy And Attempts To Sell The Team
Main article: Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy and sale
In December 2008, the media became aware that the Coyotes were
suffering massive losses, and the NHL was paying the team's bills. The
media reports were minimized by NHL commissioner
Gary Bettman and
vice-president Bill Daly. However, Moyes had secretly given
operational control of the team to the league. In May 2009, Moyes put
the team into bankruptcy hours before Bettman was to present him an
offer to sell the team to
Chicago Bulls and
Chicago White Sox owner
Jerry Reinsdorf . Moyes intended to sell the team to Canadian
From May until September 2009, hearings were held in Phoenix bankruptcy court to determine the fate of the Coyotes and the holding company. Two potential bidders for the team surfaced, Reinsdorf and Ice Edge Holdings. but they did not submit a bid for the team at the bankruptcy hearing. Instead, the NHL put in the only rival bid to Balsillie for the team, while it contended the Moyes-Balsillie deal violated NHL rules. The bankruptcy court voided the planned sale to Balsillie, accepting the league's argument that bankruptcy could not be used to circumvent league rules. The NHL's bid was also declared insufficient, but the judge left the window open to an improved bid. Moyes and the NHL settled, with the NHL buying the team and assuming all debts. The NHL negotiated a temporary lease with the city of Glendale, which owns Gila River Arena.
The NHL then negotiated with the Reinsdorf and Ice Edge to work out a
deal with Glendale. Ice Edge signed a letter of intent to buy the team
from the NHL, while Reinsdorf had won the approval of the City of
Glendale. On Friday, May 7, 2010, ESPN.com reported that Reinsdorf bid
had fallen apart, and the City of Glendale was working with Ice Edge
to buy the team in a last-ditch effort to keep them in Arizona. The
In July 2010, the Ice Edge bid collapsed, as it did not satisfy
Glendale's financial conditions. Ice Edge decided to concentrate on an
effort to buy a minor league team. The City of Glendale had to step in
and guarantee the team's losses for 2010–11 as a precondition of the
NHL not transferring the franchise. A consortium of investors led by
Chicago investor Matt Hulsizer then reached a deal to purchase the
Coyotes from the NHL along with a lease agreement with Glendale.
However, the Hulsizer deal collapsed in late June 2011 at least in
part due to a threatened suit by the
2012–13 NHL lockout
California investment executive Darin Pastor also submitted a bid to buy the Coyotes. His bid proposed to keep the team in the Glendale area while engaging young hockey players in the region through school partnerships and scholarship efforts. The NHL rejected Pastor's bid on May 13, 2013, citing the bid was "inconsistent with what we had previously indicated were the minimum prerequisites" of a bid.
NEW OWNERSHIP AND "ARIZONA COYOTES" (2013–PRESENT)
Due to the team's bankruptcy status since 2009 and the annual revenue
lost each year, the NHL planned to move the Coyotes should a deal with
the city for a new lease and new ownership not be decided by July 2,
2013. The plan was to move the franchise to a new city, likely
Seattle. On July 2, 2013, by a vote of 4–3, the Glendale City
Council approved a 15-year lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and
Entertainment (RSE), who would purchase the team from the NHL for
US$225 million by August 5, 2013. The members of the Canadian group
are Executive Chairman & Governor George Gosbee, President, CEO ">
David Moss scored the franchise's final goal under the Phoenix moniker
on April 13, 2014. The franchise was renamed the
On January 29, 2014, the new ownership group announced that the team
would change its name to the "
Following the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, it was reported that due to lackluster revenue from parking and non-hockey events, the City of Glendale would recoup just $4.4 million, which was significantly less than the $6.8 million the city expected to receive back from source including parking receipts, ticket sales and naming rights for the arena.
On June 4, 2014, it was reported that a
During the 2014–15 season , the team finished last in the Pacific
Division with the second-worst record in the NHL. On June 10, 2015 the
At the conclusion of the 2015–16 season , General Manager Don
Maloney was relieved of his duties after eight seasons and one GM of
the Year award. The Coyotes replaced Maloney as general manager with
John Chayka , who became the NHL's youngest GM, being promoted from
his position as assistant general manager/analytics within the Coyotes
staff. In August 2016, Dawn Braid was hired as the
On November 14, 2016, the Coyotes announced plans to build a new
At the end of the 2016–17 season, Barroway bought out the rest of
With the relocation program, a (public) team naming voting process was being held, with "Coyotes" defeating "Scorpions" amongst the finalists. Both coyotes and scorpions are inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert , and the owners/supporters of the club wanted the team name to be an animal that was representative of the region. On June 27, 2014, the team changed its geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona".
Upon their arrival in Phoenix in 1996, the team adopted a look with a strong Southwestern flavor. The primary logo was a stylized hockey stick-wielding coyote in a kachina -inspired style. The jerseys featured pointed green shoulders with brick red trim over a white (home) or black (road) body, and non-traditional striping patterns. These uniforms remained in place until 2003. A third jersey, primarily green with a nighttime desert landscape wrapped around the bottom and the cuffs of the sleeves, was introduced in 1998, and retired in 2003 when the team redesigned the uniforms.
As the NHL switched home and road jerseys beginning in the 2003–04
season, and coinciding with the team's move from
America West Arena to
the newly completed Glendale Arena, the Coyotes redesigned their look
completely, adopting the current howling coyote head logo, while
dropping several colors from the team's palette. Sedona red and white
became the primary colors, with desert sand and black remaining as
logo trim colors. A variation of these colors was later used for the
Major League Baseball
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. The three-stripe pattern is applied to the side of the pants.
The Coyotes also added a third jersey for the 2008–09 season. It is primarily black and features a new alternate coyote logo on the front, with the primary logo (coyote head) patch on the right shoulder, and the "Official Seal" on the left. Since white does not appear on the alternate, solid red pant shells are worn with this jersey.
Before the 2014–15 season, it was announced that the Coyotes' third jersey would no longer be used. The patch on the home and away jerseys that used to read "PHX" would also be changed to read "AZ" to comply with the team's rebranded name.
On June 26, 2015, the Coyotes introduced updated jerseys. As described by an official press release, "The body of the Coyotes home and away jerseys remains unchanged but the new jerseys feature an original sleeve stripe designed to connect with Arizona's distinctive striated landscape. These bold sleeves, along with a striking black pant, will be worn both at home in Glendale and on the road. The new red jersey shoulder patch features a coyote's paw "A" mark, an icon built for Arizona's hockey fans; while the white jersey shoulder will carry an updated "AZ" mark, connecting back to the new word mark. Finally, a uniquely Southwestern pattern in the jersey's neckline connects the Coyotes to the legacy of Arizona. This updated uniform features Reebok's latest technological innovations and represents an industry leading commitment to the best for the athlete." The Coyotes first logo, a kachina -style coyote, used from 1996 to 2003. The Coyotes shoulder patch, used from 2003 to 2014.
Howler is the coyote-suited mascot of the
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Coyotes. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Arizona Coyotes seasons .
NOTE: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Records as of April 11, 2016.
Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2012–13 48 21 18 9 51 125 131 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2013–14 82 37 30 15 89 216 231 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2014–15 82 24 50 8 56 170 272 7th, Pacific Did not qualify
2015–16 82 35 39 8 78 209 245 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2016–17 82 30 42 10 70 197 260 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
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# NAT PLAYER POS S /G AGE ACQUIRED BIRTHPLACE
7 Keith Tkachuk C 1992–2001 December 23, 2011
9 1, 2 Bobby Hull LW 1972–80 February 19, 1989
25 2 Thomas Steen RW 1981–95 May 6, 1995
27 Teppo Numminen D 1988–2003 January 30, 2010
99 4 Wayne Gretzky C – October 8, 2005
* 1 Hull's #9 was unretired briefly upon his request at the
beginning of the 2005–06 season for his son, Brett , before he
retired five games into the season.
* 2 Hull and Steen played only for the original
Winnipeg Jets , and
had their numbers retired when the team played in Winnipeg. The
Coyotes continue to honor these numbers in the Ring of Honor.
* 3 Hawerchuk played only for the original
Winnipeg Jets, but had
his number honored after the relocation.
* 4 Gretzky never played for the franchise, but was a part-owner and
coach for the Coyotes. Thus his number, retired league-wide since
2000, is on the Coyotes' Ring of Honor. The NHL had retired his
number for all its member teams at the 2000
NHL All-Star Game
HALL OF FAMERS
FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS
Note: This list does not include selections of the Winnipeg Jets .
* 1996 :
Dan Focht (11th overall) & Daniel Briere (24th overall)
* 1997 : None
* 1998 :
Patrick DesRochers (14th overall)
* 1999 :
Scott Kelman (15th overall) &
Kirill Safronov (19th
* 2000 :
Krystofer Kolanos (19th overall)
* 2001 : Fredrik Sjostrom (11th overall)
* 2002 :
Jakub Koreis (19th overall) &
Ben Eager (23rd overall)
* 2003 : None
* 2004 :
NOTE: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game
Points PLAYER POS GP G A PTS P/G
Shane Doan RW 1,540 402 570 972 0.63
Thomas Steen RW 950 264 553 817 0.86
Bobby Hull LW 429 307 341 648 1.51
Keith Tkachuk C 640 323 300 623 0.97
Teppo Numminen D 1,098 108 426 534 0.49
Paul MacLean RW 527 248 270 518 0.98
Ulf Nilsson C 300 140 344 484 1.61
Anders Hedberg RW 286 236 222 458 1.60
Willy Lindstrom RW 604 220 229 449 0.74
NHL AWARDS AND TROPHIES
Main article: List of Arizona Coyotes award winners
JACK ADAMS AWARD
* Bob Francis : 2001–02 * Dave Tippett : 2009–10
KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY
* Shane Doan : 2009–10
MARK MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD
* Shane Doan : 2011–12
Note: This list does not include seasons of the 1972–1996 Winnipeg Jets .
* Most goals in a season:
Keith Tkachuk , 52 (1996–97 ).
* Most assists in a season: Ray Whitney , 53 (2011–12 ).
* Most points in a season:
Keith Tkachuk , 86 (1996–97).
* Most penalty minutes in a season:
Daniel Carcillo , 324 (2007–08
* Most points in a season, defenseman:
Keith Yandle , 59 (2010–11
* Most points in a season, rookie: Peter Mueller , 54 (2007–08).
* Most wins in a season:
In the NHL, each team may select a captain . Along with the two alternate captains, they have the "privilege of discussing with the referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game". Captains are required to wear the letter "C" on their uniform for identification, which is 3 inches (7.6 cm) high.
Note: This list does not include captains from the Winnipeg Jets (NHL -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">
* ^ "Logo and Uniform History" (PDF). 2016–2017