As of today the Phoenix Coyotes will now be known as the Arizona Coyotes. The team was named the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 when it was relocated from Winnipeg, but in the summer of 2013 the new ownership group felt that the team’s name should reflect the entire state of Arizona. Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc explains the reasoning behind the change:
“We are very excited that our franchise will change its name to the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Entry Draft this week. 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 team the Coyotes new shoulder patch logo (illustrated above) will appear on this season’s jerseys. The team has also released a new wordmark (see below), however there will be no further changes to the Coyotes uniform, at least for this coming season of 2014-15.