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Phoenix Coyotes to become Arizona Coyotes at draft

Jun 9, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes have the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. But when they make that selection, they’ll henceforth be known as the Arizona Coyotes.

That’s right — the Coyotes — who don’t actually play in Phoenix anyway; they play in Glendale — will officially become Arizona’s team on June 27, when the draft takes place in Philadelphia.

The name change, which was no secret, is intended to “encourage more fans from all over the state” to support the team.

The New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes also represent states, not cities. (Do the New York Islanders as well? Uniondale is a suburb of New York City, so probably not. If we’re wrong about that, let us know. )

  1. Conner012367 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    eh the old name is better, i mean u can’t call the LA Angles the California Angels can u?

    • rsl22 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Can you call them the Obtuse Angles?

      • Conner012367 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        i guess

      • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        LOL ! … clearly Conner isn’t a big fan of geometry eh ? :)

        ps: tonight we Kings need to take it to Lundqvist at a ‘right’ angle !

      • bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Clearly that point is completely over conners head. haha, I cant stop laughing at that. Nicely done.

      • 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        This not fair. If Phoenix can become Arizone, then why can’t NY Islanders become Brooklyn Islanders?

        I was told the league wouldn’t approve “brooklyn”. Maybe the rangers are acting like crybabies again (see reactions to goalie interference non-call) cause they’re worried that they’ll instantly lose a big chunk of their NY fanbase since NOBODY in Bronx and Queens, and very little in Manhattan actually care about hockey. So that leaves Staten Island and Brooklyn as their core fan base in their local area. SI would quickly get split in half, and Brooklyn would have tons of followers that never watched hockey.

      • flyboystransport - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Um they were the California angels…..unless that was a joke

    • imleftcoast - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      “to become Arizona Coyotes at the draft” and Seattle Coyotes when the taxpayers of Glendale get tired of subsidizing a private company.

      • Conner012367 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM


      • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Not so fast grasshopper …

        this name change is ‘exactly’ what’s needed in-order to finally get everyone on board in ‘hockey mad’ places like Yuma, Nogales, Tombstone, Flagstaff, Tucson, Sedona, Quartzsite, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, Prescott, the Grand Canyon, Casa Grande, etc … :)

        ps: I’ll never forget that time back in 2010 when I was playing a round with 3 locals down in Tucson. I asked them on the back nine if they were Coyote fans, and in reply all three of them gave me a blank yet sympathetic stare, as if to say … ‘God bless you friend, we realize you likely mean well’ …

      • skr213 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        take my wife, please! (sorry, thought it was old joke day)

  2. scoops1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    (Do the New York Islanders as well? Uniondale is a suburb of New York City, so probably not. If we’re wrong about that, let us know.

    in the original NHL hockey for Sega Genesis, the Islanders were known in the game as Long Island

  3. jessejames182 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Devils, Panthers, Carolina, Wild, and that’s as far as I got without cheating.

  4. rsl22 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Is it the New York City Rangers now?

    I think the Caps should get an asterisk as Washington, D.C. is a federal district with no voting representation in Congress, and therefore, while not a state, is certainly a bit different than all other cities.

  5. blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM


    without using your computer, quickly (Jonathan) identify 7 NHL teams which are named after things ‘one is prone’ to find in the sky ? …


    1) The Lightning
    2) The Stars
    3) The Flyers
    4) The Red Wings
    5) The Hurricanes
    6) The Jets
    7) The Ducks (ie: sometimes) :)

    • sdelmonte - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      You can sometimes find US Army Rangers in the sky, attached to parachutes.

      And you can find sharks in the sky. In Sharknado!

      • blomfeld - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        very true friend ! … just like you can find a Leaf ‘fluttering’ to the ground in the fall eh ? :)

      • 950003cups - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Actually the Rangers were not named after any american servicemen. It was named after a Scotish soccer team “Rangers FC”

      • sdelmonte - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        And moreover, it was a joke name when Tex Rickard was the GM. They were…wait for it…Tex’s Rangers. Get it?

    • imleftcoast - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      According to Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League:

      “In 1932, James Norris bought the team. Norris had been a member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, a sporting club with cycling roots. The MAAA’s teams were known by their club emblem and these Winged Wheelers were the first winners of the Stanley Cup in 1893. Norris decided that a version of their logo was perfect for a team playing in the Motor City and on October 5, 1932 the club was renamed the Red Wings.”

      • dueman - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        I wonder what the thumbs down is for?

  6. bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I’m glad this is 2014 and not a previous period. Then we would be dealing with smug hair splitting Americans giving the “a province isn’t a state” ethnocentric argument over the Nordiques. And that’s coming from an American.

    Rsl’s Caps argument=Backed hard. I think the NY teams technically Qualify, since they don’t specifically denote the city…but let’s be fair, when somebody says I’m going to New York most people not from the state tend to assume they mean the boroughs unless otherwise specified. And with the Sabres, I think the Rangers and the Islanders are kind of along those same lines.

  7. djshnooks - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    No, the Rangers/Islanders don’t represent the state of NY. Maybe the lower half.

    But certainly not Upstate, NY…not even close. That’s Buffalo Sabres country.

    And if you don’t believe me…go and read the NYT article about Buffalo having the second highest tv rating for the Cup Final.

    And it’s not because the Rangers are in it.

  8. djshnooks - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    That’s like when people say the Giants and Jets are NY’s teams…when neither play in NY, and both play in New Jersey. Lmao.

    (And yes, I do realize it’s not the same and the Rags play in NYC, but it’s still funny.)

    • bmy0913 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Eh that’s a valid point…but to be fair, in that metro, it takes a lot more acreage to build an NFL football stadium than a multi use facility.

  9. flyboystransport - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Don’t like it but it makes sense

  10. chunkyschoice - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    The Carolina Hurricanes actually represent 2 states.

  11. sumkat - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    Oh, the state and not just the city?

    I’m sure that season ticket waiting list will hit 10k any day now

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