Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Coyotes announced on Wednesday that, effective next season, the club will drop Phoenix from its team name in favor of the name Arizona.
"We are very excited to announce that our franchise name will change to Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season," said team president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "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 the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest. We hope that the name 'Arizona' will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team."
The franchise has carried the Phoenix moniker since arriving from Winnipeg in 1996. The team hasn't played in Arizona's capital since relocating to the city's northwestern suburbs for the 2003-04 season.