The Phoenix Coyotes NHL ice hockey franchise has confirmed that it will change its name to the Arizona Coyotes for the start of the 2014-15 season.
The franchise said that it is hoping the change of moniker will help to attract fans from across the state of Arizona.
“We want to be recognised as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest,” Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc said. “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.”
The name change was mooted when IceArizona AcquisitionCo completed its takeover of the Coyotes last August, ending a four-year saga over the future of the bankrupt franchise.
The team, which has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since moving from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996, played its home games in downtown Phoenix before moving to Glendale in 2003. The team’s playing jerseys will be modified slightly to accommodate the new name on the shoulder, but will otherwise remain unchanged.