Phoenix Coyotes History
The Phoenix Coyotes were originally established as the Winnipeg Jets back in 1972. At first
they were a member of the WHL until the league was absorbed by the NHL in 1979. The Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996
and became the Coyotes. After moving to Phoenix, the Coyotes had six straight seasons where they finished with a winning record
and only failed to make the playoffs at the end of the 2000-2001 season. Following the end of the 2001-2002 season the Coyotes
entered a slump that lasted through the 2006-2007 season. The team returned to the playoffs in 2009 and have been competitive
ever since. In the 2011-2012 season the Coyotes won the Pacific Division which was the franchise's first ever division championship.
They continue to be one of the top contenders in the division and are a threat whenever they qualify for the playoffs. When
the Coyotes are in the middle of an intense match up with a top-tier playoff team, the stands are sure to be absolutely hopping
with intense fans that know a thing or two about showing their support.
About the Team
The Phoenix Coyotes
are currently in fourth place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, and although moving up in the standings before
the regular season ends is unlikely, a strong finish will allow the Coyotes to fend off the Vancouver Canucks who are just
a few points behind them, as well as gain some momentum heading into the playoffs. Assistant captain, defenseman Keith Yandle
leads the team in points and anchors a stalwart defense for the Coyotes that should present problems for whatever offense
the team faces. Center and leading goals scorer Antoine Vermette along with captain Shane Doan lead a Coyotes offense that
has been ranked in the middle of the NHL but has shows some real potential and could prove potent in the playoffs.Be there
for all the big hits, net-ripping goals and eye-popping saves as the Coyotes look to get back into the playoff picture this
season, giving you plenty of reasons to head out to the arena to see the big game the way it was meant to be seen.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches
the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the Vancouver Canucks are some of the most dedicated and vociferous
fans in the entire NHL. On game day at Rogers Arena the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and
chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy.
Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays
of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and
giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip. Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs
and the further teams advance the more intense the competition becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting,
just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and in person.
NHL Western Conference Pacific Division
Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL is made up of seven teams: the Anaheim Ducks, the Calgary Flames, the
Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Phoenix Coyotes, the San Jose Sharks, and the Vancouver Canucks. The Pacific Division
was formed in 1993 and is currently the only division in the NHL without an Original Six team. The most recent Stanley Cup
Champion to come out of the division is the Los Angeles Kings who won it in 2012. Three other Pacific Division teams have
won the championship: the 1995-1996 Colorado Avalanche, the 1998-1999 Dallas Stars (who are no longer in the division), and
the 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks. There are several intense rivalries in the Pacific Division which means that every division game
is going to be hotly contested. Teams from the Pacific Division are regularly among the best in the Western Conference and
are typically serious contenders for a Stanley Cup Championship.
In 2001 Wayne Gretzky became a
part owner of the franchise and eventually became head coach and head of hockey operations. In 2009, with the team facing
bankruptcy, Gretzky stepped down and was no longer associated with the team. The coyote mascot of the franchise is named Howler.
He has a number 96 on his sweater in honor of the year in which the Coyotes came to Phoenix and also has a website dedicated
to his kid's club. The club has retired seven numbers to date: Wayne Gretzky's, Brett Hull's, Keith Tkachuk's, Dale Hawerchuk's,
Thomas Steen's, Teppo Numminen's, and Jeremy Roenick's.