GLENDALE, AZ - Beginning next season, the Valley's hockey team will sport a new name.
The Phoenix Coyotes will officially change their franchise name to the Arizona Coyotes at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season, the team announced Wednesday.
"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," stated President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "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 Coyotes will introduce a new shoulder patch for the home and road jerseys as part of the name change. The rest of the Coyotes uniform will not change, according to the news release.
The team has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since it moved to the Valley from Winnipeg in 1996.
They played their home games in downtown Phoenix until 2003 when they moved to Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.