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Coyotes are “finally” a front-page story in Arizona

May 12, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

Normally we wouldn’t think much of a newspaper giving hockey the front-page treatment. In most NHL markets, it happens all the time. However, we thought this was kind of neat.


The Arizona Republic is the state’s largest newspaper and, according to its website, reaches 1.5 million readers per week. Which is to say, a lot of people saw this.

The accompanying story by columnist John D’Anna is worth the read as well.

A brief excerpt:

Several months ago, one of my bosses told me that the only way the Phoenix Coyotes would ever appear on the front page was if they won the Stanley Cup or if they left town for good.

But if there’s one thing I know after 30 years of newspapering, it’s that readers love a good story. And the Phoenix Coyotes are a good story.

So, here I am, writing a story for the front page on what makes our team and this sport so special and its fans so passionate.

There’s also a GOP slugfest on the horizon.

  1. buffalomafia - May 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Are the Coyotes staying in Arizona or moving to Seattle or Quebec?

  2. sjsharks66 - May 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Dude I was saying like a few months ago they should move to Seattle.
    The Seattle wizards! Lol

  3. namriverrat69 - May 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    They do have coyotes in Washington.

  4. ray2013 - May 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I used to read that paper when I lived in Arizona; and a lot of times the Coyotes ranked behind high school sports. It’s cool they finally got some positive recognition.

  5. proudliberal85392 - May 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    It’s great to see the coverage. GO COYOTES!!

  6. Dad - May 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Phoenix doesn’t deserve an NHL team. They can’t support it, the fan base isn’t there long term.

  7. blomfeld - May 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM


    This newspaper coverage amounts to nothing more than the final gasp from a dying patient. The fact is that hockey has no place in the Arizonan desert, just as Dairy Queen has no business setting up shop in Antarctica. The entire concept is idiotic and completely ludicrous ! The original idea for the franchise may have had it’s merits, with the intention of catering to affluent, condescending, Canadian snowbirds ? But that ship has long sailed, as those people were simply not buying. And you can hardly expect the locals there to pick up the slack en masse, anymore that you can expect Vancouver or Detroit to support a Polynesian coconut-juggling team !

    Anyway, our Kings are going to be taking care of business, you can count on that. And when the dust settles from this series, which should be quick, then hopefully sanity will finally prevail and this franchise gets relocated immediately to an indigenous home such as Seattle or Portland … God speed !

    ps: sorry to the fine Arizonan folk who support the Coyotes … please know that we Kings have no quarrel with you people … while your removal is necessary, we still maintain a deep respect for your ardor and determination …

    *** special video selection which historically illustrates what’s about to happen ***

    featuring the Kings (Earps) taking out the Coyotes (Clantons & McLaurys)

    • tweberaz - May 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Wow…I have read some inane comments here regarding the Yotes, but your post has set the bar so low I don’t even know where to start. And a clip from “Tombstone” to boot?!?! Just wow. How quick (excuse the bad pun) did you jump onto the Kings’ bandwagon?

      “…hopefully sanity will finally prevail and this franchise gets relocated immediately to an indigenous home such as Seattle or Portland…” Yes, because it’s just insane that a team who might gain stable ownership soon could possibly succeed in the Sun Belt. It’s even crazier to think that the NHL and NBC would want to have a team in the sixth largest city in the U.S.

      I would hate for facts to get in the way of a sane Kings fan remarkable prose, but please just stick to opinions on your own team and on the game itself.

  8. caps247 - May 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    It’s cool that the Coyotes get some recognition, but when they reach the Western Conference Finals? I don’t think it could’ve been any later than that, unless The AZ media finally starts covering them after they make it and win the cup.

    A little too late, but the Coyotes need some more bandwagoners in their fanbase.

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