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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.

3 Coyotes Prospects to Get Excited About

When general manager Bill Armstrong took over in September 2020, it was clear he had a vision for the Arizona Coyotes. The team was a mess when John Chayka left, and a lengthy rebuild was likely to follow. In trading former captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Armstrong indicated that the team was heading in that direction. While acquiring bad contracts and making other acquisitions, he accumulated 17 picks in the first two rounds through the next four drafts. That being said, having that amount of draft capital doesn’t guarantee the team to hit on every pick. Some players may never hit the…

3 Coyotes Facing Higher Expectations in 2023-24

During the 2022-23 season, many Arizona Coyotes players took off and vastly improved their game. Guys like Clayton Keller and Matias Maccelli did so, shocking many. Although, with success comes disappointment, and there’s a fair share of players who underperformed. Of course, it can be tricky getting the wheels rolling while the team is in the midst of a rebuild, among other factors. But here they are, the three Coyotes facing higher expectations entering the 2023-24 season. 3. Dylan Guenther Edmonton native Dylan Guenther is poised for great things in 2023-24. He got his first taste of NHL action this past season, only playing 33 games before…

2022-23 Arizona Coyotes: Reviewing the Centers

With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final kicking off last night between the Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights, our staff at The Hockey Writers is diving into offseason player/position reviews for the remaining 30 teams who have moved onto the offseason. In the first of what will be a five-part offseason review series, we take a look at the center position for the Arizona Coyotes and how they fared this past year. The Coyotes ended the 2022-23 campaign with a total of six centers listed on the roster: Barrett Hayton, Nick Schmaltz, Jack McBain, Travis Boyd, Liam O’Brien,…

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Coyotes’ Hayton Not Done Developing

With the 2022-23 offseason officially underway for the Arizona Coyotes and others, general manager Bill Armstrong begins the process of renegotiating contracts and preparing his franchise for the 2023 NHL Draft. Players such as Christian Fischer and others enter this offseason with uncertainty as the team begins to make moves…


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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.