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Phoenix officially changes name to Arizona Coyotes


The Phoenix Coyotes have made the rumors official, announcing they’ll be changing the franchise name to the Arizona Coyotes beginning in 2014-15.

“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 said in a statement. “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.”

According to the release, the Coyotes will introduce a new shoulder patch for their home and road jerseys next year, and will be unveiled prior to the team’s first exhibition game. The rest of the team’s jerseys will not change.