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The Arizona Coyotes began their life as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and started playing in the 1972-73 season. They joined the NHL for the 1979-80 season when the league absorbed the WHA and the team remained in Winnipeg through the 1995-96 season. In Winnipeg, the team made the playoffs 11 times in 17 NHL seasons but never made it past the division finals. Prior to the 1996-97 season, the team relocated to Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes, although they changed their location name from Phoenix to Arizona for the 2014-15 season. Since joining the NHL, the Coyotes/Jets have made the playoffs 20 times but have only made the conference finals one time.

5 Former Coyotes Playing in the 2024 Stanley Cup Final

The Stanley Cup Final is underway between the Florida Panthers and the Edmonton Oilers. The Panthers are back in the Final for the second year in a row, while the Oilers look to bring Canada its first Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadians won it all back in 1993. Both teams have players who spent their playing careers with the Arizona Coyotes. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Nick Cousins represent Florida, while defenseman Troy Stecher, forward Sam Gagner, and goalie Calvin Pickard represent Edmonton. It is time to go down memory lane and review each player’s tenure in Arizona. Oliver…

4 Former Chicago Mission Players’ Paths to the Coyotes

Nick Schmaltz, Christian Dvorak, Vinnie Hinostroza, and Christian Fischer all grew up playing for the Chicago Mission youth ice hockey club. Today, the Mission is considered one of the best AAA youth ice hockey clubs in the nation. The quartet played for the Arizona Coyotes for two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20) before they went their different ways. Here’s a look at how this group came together in the desert. The Schmaltz and Dvorak Connection The chemistry between forwards Schmaltz and Dvorak dates back to their days as linemates with the Mission. Playing for Chicago’s 13u AAA team in 2009, in…

Reviewing the Coyotes’ Trade for Nick Schmaltz

Forward Nick Schmaltz has been a staple on the Arizona Coyotes‘ top line with winger Clayton Keller. The American-born center/right-winger has spent the last six seasons in the desert, accumulating 269 points in 344 games. Amidst all the turmoil the franchise has faced over the past several seasons, he has been a steady player in terms of production. However, without making a move in 2018, he may have never become a Coyote. 2018 Coyotes-Blackhawks Trade Details and Analysis On Nov. 25, 2018, the Coyotes sent forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Schmaltz. The…

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Connor Ingram Wins 2024 Masterton Memorial Trophy

Connor Ingram won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday. The award is presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey, as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PWHA). Ingram, a goalie for the Arizona Coyotes this season, nearly…

Arizona Coyotes Logo History

The Arizona Coyotes franchise already has extensive history around its logos and jerseys, as the club has undergone multiple rebranding initiatives throughout its history. The team, like every club in the NHL, has seen its ups and downs over the last quarter-century, but the franchise’s struggles have, more often than…

 

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What year were the Arizona Coyotes founded?

The Arizona Coyotes began their life as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and started playing in the 1972-73 season.

When did the Arizona Coyotes play their first game?

The Arizona Coyotes’ first NHL game (played as the Winnipeg Jets) occurred on Oct. 10, 1979, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They lost 4-2.

Who is the current head coach of the Arizona Coyotes?
Andre Tourigny is the current head coach for the Arizona Coyotes.