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Arizona Coyotes to remain in Glendale through 2018-19 season

Posted at 5:03 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 00:43:27-05

The Arizona Coyotes will remain at Gila River Arena in Glendale for at least one more season.

The Coyotes plan to renew their year-to-year lease with the City of Glendale through the 2018-19 season, the team confirmed to ABC15 on Tuesday.

"We are absolutely planning to play next season at Gila River Arena and are focused on building a winning hockey team, positively contributing to our community, and achieving success in all aspects of our business," Coyotes COO Ahron Cohen said.

The Coyotes have played their home games at Gila River Arena since the 2003-04 season after spending their first seven seasons in the Valley at what is now Talking Stick Resort Arena, which is also home to the Phoenix Suns. But legal differences between the Coyotes and Glendale led the team to actively explore options for a new arena in the Valley.

In November of 2016, the Coyotes announced plans to create a new arena venue with ASU in Tempe, but in February, ASU announced it had no intention of proceeding with those plans, leaving the Coyotes to renew their search for a new arena location.

In March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wrote a letter to the Arizona state legislature stating that the Coyotes can't remain in Glendale for the long term.