The “Arizona Coyotes” is a professional ice hockey team situated in the Phoenix area of Glendale, Arizona. The team is a member of the Pacific Division which competes in the Western Conference of the National Hockey Leagues (NHL).
After spending their seven and a half seasons at America West Arena (now the US Airways Center), the Arizona Coyotes began to play their home games at Gila River Arena by the year 1993.
In December 27, 1971, the franchise team was discovered as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, the team was one of the four NHL franchise after the WHA ended their operations. The Coyotes’ official membership happened on June 22, 1979, after 17 years, the team was renamed as the Phoenix Coyotes after they moved to the Jets.
The team has experienced a deep financial crisis after four years since the year of its franchise in 2005, at the time, Jerry Moyes (former owner of Coyotes) has declared the team’s bankruptcy and the National Hockey Leagues (NHL) took over the ownership by the year 2009.
At the time when the team was under Moye’s ownership, he tried to sell the team to Canadian billionaire named Jim Balsillie, who would want to move the whole team to Hamilton, Ontario. The selling of ownership was supposed to be private, but the NHL found out and immediately made their protests, NHL said that it was a clear violation of league policy and they must not tolerate such violations, the court agreed with the NHL and the ownership was officially transferred to NHL.
In the span of four years after the time the team was transferred to NHL, the league has been avoiding to sell the team to any interest for a reason that it would take the team out of the Phoenix area. Because of this, the league finally made it with an agreement that will keep the Coyotes in Glendale for the future.