Arizona Coyotes Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Arizona Coyotes are looking forward to an exciting year, this year the Coyotes start out the season with four home games starting on October 7th against the Jets and ending with the Blues on Oct. 18th. This season will provide many home opportunities for fans, with each month of the season averaging six home games. On October 11 and December 4th, the Coyotes will be hosting last year Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings. Some other key home match ups include the Chicago Black Hawks on March 12 and on Valentineâ€™s Day the will be welcoming the NHL East Coast Champions the New York Rangers. December 27th marks the Coyotes first chance to host last year division leaders the Anaheim Ducks, if you miss that your next chance will be on March 3rd or April 11th so get your tickets now and prepare yourself for a very exciting year. While the Coyotes make their journey to improve on last yearâ€™s 37-30-15 and prove themselves to the NHL that this year they can make the playoffs.
Arizona Coyotes Roster
This year the Coyotes are looking to improve on last yearâ€™s finish and disappointing failure of not making the playoffs. This year Captain, right wing # 19 Shane Doan, has been working very hard in the off-season to improve on his 61st League Rank for goals and 159th in assists. Some other key players to keep your eye on this year are Assistant Captains: center Martin Hanzal scoring 15 goals and 25 assists in last yearâ€™s Regular Season and Keith Yandle the powerful defenseman who is Arizonaâ€™s work horse finishing 2nd in games played last year at 82. A few other keys to this yearâ€™s success is goalie Mike Smith, who in 2011-2012 won 38 games and the Coyotes first two playoff games, and Sam Gagner needs to step up and become the new offensive threat to replace Mike Ribeiro. Though young at 25, this sixth pick from the 2007 draft is showing strong improvements to his offensive abilities, giving the newly named Arizona Coyotes a glimpse of hope for this season.
Arizona Coyotes Fan Experience
The Gila River Arena (formerly named Jobing.com Arena) is located in Glendale, Arizona about 13 miles northwest of Phoenix. Sitting right across the street from NFLâ€™s Arizona Cardinalsâ€™ stadium, the Gila River Arena sits 17,125 screaming Coyote fans. Built at the cost of $220 million this stadium opened in December 26th 2003 offering 3,075 club seats and 87 luxury suites. If being used for basketball events more seats can be added for the fan totaling to 18,300 and at concerts even more making the attendance at 19,000 for events. The Arizona Coyotes shared their stadium with the Arizona Sting, who were members of the National Lacrosse League from 2004-2007.
Arizona Coyotes Trivia
On December 27th 1971, the Coyotes were founded as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA). After the shut down of the WHA, the Coyotes were one of only four franchises to be picked up by the NHL, being officially granted membership on June 22, 1979 moving to Phoenix on July 1, 1996 and renamed the Phoenix Coyotes.
Arizona Coyotes History
Being adopted into the NHL on June 22, 1979 the former WHA franchise, the Winnipeg Jets moved to Arizona and renaming the team the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996. Where the name stuck until the 2014-2015 season where owners decided to change the name to the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes have 8 playoff appearances with an all-time post season record of 2-8. The only Pacific division title they have won was in the 2011-2012 season, which also marks the only 2 wins in playoff history and finishing 4th in the division in the past two season. The Arizona Coyotes have two Hall of Famers: Mark Gartner inducted in 2001 and Brett Hull inducted in 2009. The franchiseâ€™s all-time scorer is held by former center Dale Hawerchuk with 379, right behind him with 354 goals, however, is current Captain and right wing Shane Doan. Other records include: Keith Tkachuk season goals at 52 and Ray Whitneyâ€™s most assists in a season at 53.
Arizona Coyotes Fan Info
The Arizona Coyotes have some of the leagues greatest fan followings, the Howlers are always supporting their team no matter the location. With strong media following on facebook, twitter, and other social media sites these fans are gearing up and letting the world know what they believe the outcome will be in the 2014-2015 NHL season. The Coyotes are always showing their appreciation for their fans with special giveaways and also offering a Junior Howlerâ€™s activity page located on their website giving their junior fans an opportunity to keep up with their team. With the support of their fans the Arizona Coyotes are a force to be reckon with in the Pacific division in this upcoming season.
Arizona Coyotes Rumors
For the 2014-2015 season the Arionza Cardinals have hired a new chief marketing officer, former U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Walt Disney Co. executive, John Pierce. With his eight years of experience as managing director for marketing and productions for the USOC and his six years as Walt Disney Director of marketing Pierceâ€™s goal is to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to help the organization have future success. With the announcement of John Pierce, Coyotes co-owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc also hired the teamâ€™s new CFO Gregg Olsonâ€™s who previous experience includes Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Indians.