Phoenix Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes ( IPA: [fi ː nɪks kaɪ ( j) əʊti ː s] ) is an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League in Glendale, Arizona. It was founded in 1972 as a franchise of the World Hockey Association under the name Winnipeg Jets and took the start of the 1972/73 season on the game mode. After the dissolution of the WHA in 1979, the Jets have been included together with three other teams in the NHL, where she competed for the first time for the 1979/80 season. Before the season 1996/97, the company relocated and renamed the current name. The team colors are Ruby Red, Black, Light Ivory and White.

The Coyotes play their home games from the Arena and are the only Headquartered in the U.S. state of Arizona franchise in the league. So far, the team has rarely qualify in its franchise history for the playoffs and therefore not gain the prestigious Stanley Cup. Phoenix is ​​currently one of six franchises, which also never stand in the final series.

  • 4.1 Sporting achievements
  • 4.2 NHL awards and All-Star Team nominations
  • 4.3 NHL All-Star Game nominations
  • 4.4 season statistics
  • 4.5 Franchise Records 4.5.1 career
  • 4.5.2 season
  • 4.6.1 career
  • 4.6.2 season
  • 7.1 Current squad of 2013/14 season
  • 7.2 team captains
  • 7.3 Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 7.4 Locked jersey numbers
  • 7.5 Coyotes Ring of Honor
  • 7.6 Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft
  • 7.7 top points scorer


The early years (1996 to 2005)

After the Winnipeg Jets were sold to two businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke, the relocation of franchises from Winnipeg to Glendale took place in the summer of 1996. Previous Stars of the jets, such as Teemu Selanne and Alexei Schamnow, though left the team, but Jeremy Roenick has been committed by the Chicago Blackhawks. Together with Keith Tkachuk and Rick Tocchet he formed henceforth the first offensive series. These experienced players was a large number of young talents who were established in Arizona, as Shane Doan, Oleg Twerdowski and especially goalkeeper Nikolai Chabibulin, who became the most popular Coyotes player the following year, and the nickname " Bulin Wall" was. Another important addition was striker Mike Gartner, who had been obliged by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but after many injuries was forced to resign in 1998.

By 2002, the Coyotes reached with one exception, every year, the play-offs, but dropped out and every time in the quarterfinals. In 1999 this was done, however, only in the decisive seventh game against the St. Louis Blues. Since moving to Phoenix, the popularity of the team has improved a lot, sympathy values ​​are obtained, particularly in 2001, as though you could reach 90 points of the season, the play-offs not reached yet as the best team in the NHL history. This negative record, however, was ceded to the 2006/07 season to the Colorado Avalanche. 2001 bought by businessman Steve Ellman, the team of Burke, who in 1998 paid Gluckstern. Other shareholders in the franchise holds since Wayne Gretzky.

In the following two years it was not possible to Coyotes to build on past successes, so you missed the play-offs. This led to a decline in viewership. In addition, had an unfavorable lease with the America West Arena, in which the team had played in his first eight years in Phoenix, means that the franchise was in the red. In addition to that the arena was outdated and not tailored to the sport of ice hockey and thus the spectator capacity had to be reduced to 16,000. In order for the Phoenix Coyotes played one year in the second smallest stadium in the league. After several experiments renovation and a new arena in Scottsdale failed, the Coyotes, with the Glendale Arena (now Arena) to build his own stadium, which was based on the 2003/04 season with determination. At the same time the franchise logo and the jersey and team colors were changed so that the Coyotes since then occur in more muted colors.

The Gretzky era ( since 2005)

On 6 August 2005, the Phoenix Coyotes Brett Hull, NHL superstar and former Jets player Bobby Hull 's son committed. Two days later, the team presented the co-owner Wayne Gretzky before as new head coach, although he had previously still cared no hockey team. On October 8, the " Coyotes Ring of Honor " was opened and Gretzky and Bobby Hull recorded as the first members. A week later told his son Brett, that he ended his career after only five NHL games for the Coyotes. On January 21, 2006, former Jets star Thomas Steen was recorded as the third member of the "Ring of Honor ". On 13 April of that year, said Steve Ellman, Jerry Moyes would take over the Coyotes and the Glendale Arena and the National Lacrosse League team Arizona Sting, but Wayne Gretzky remained a co-owner of the team. For the 2005/ 06 season, the Phoenix Coyotes were planning Moreover, the annual NHL All-Star Game discharge, which eventually but had to be canceled due to the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

On 17 September 2006, the franchise returned in a pre-season game against the Edmonton Oilers once again back to Winnipeg. In April 2007, the general manager Michael Barnett and Laurence Gilman, Vice President Cliff Fletcher and the general manager of the Farm Team San Antonio Rampage were officially relieved of their posts. The Coyotes finished the 2006/07 season with their worst result since moving to Phoenix. On 29 May 2007 said Jeff Shumway that Don Maloney has signed a contract as GM of the Coyotes. Due to continuing economic problems as well as the seventh miss the play-offs in a row, owner Jerry Moyes planned in the summer of 2009, the sale of the franchise to Canadian businessman Jim Ballsillie and thus connected relocation of the now bankrupt Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario. This project, however, was prevented by a U.S. bankruptcy court on June 15.

The Winnipeg Jets and the Phoenix Coyotes are still the oldest NHL and also the only former WHA team that has never been in the finals for the Stanley Cup.


The Coyotes play their home games since 2003 at the Arena, a 17,799 -seat multi-purpose arena, from. In the first three years, in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix (Arizona ) was located hall the name Glendale Arena. The naming rights to the arena since 2006, the online society, this will last until 2016. The company pays for the entire period of 10 years, 25 million U.S. dollars.

From 1996 to 2003, the club played in the America West Arena opened in 1992, at the hockey events had a capacity of 16,210 seats. This hall is the home of the NBA team the Phoenix Suns. Located in Phoenix Hall was the obvious solution after moving from Winnipeg. In practice, the arena turned out, however, suitable as limited. It is too small for a hockey area. The capacity was indeed reduced at the hockey games by just 2,000, although the view from some seats was so limited that they were looking for another solution, which was realized in 2003 with the Glendale Arena.

Farm team

The Coyotes, as to all other NHL teams, including teams in niederklassigeren leagues, so-called farm teams. In the case of the Coyotes since 2011, these are the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League and the Gwinnett Gladiators in the ECHL. The farm team in the NHL often used to prepare the young players and rookies to the NHL games. The offspring thereby relate the Coyotes, like other clubs, especially about the NHL Entry Draft, annual way of which the most promising young players in the league.

The farm team, the Phoenix Coyotes since 1996:

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The Phoenix Coyotes could hardly celebrate sporting success since moving from Winnipeg prior to the 1996/97 season. After 16 years of League membership, they won in the 2011/ 12 financial year a division title.

The Coyotes could previously qualified eight times for the play- offs. They moved to seven first-round defeats for the first time in 2012 in the second play-off round one.

NHL Awards and All-Star Team nominations

Since relocation of franchises succeeded in two coaches of the Phoenix Coyotes to win an individual NHL Awards. Also succeeded two players in one of the all - star teams to be selected. 2010 will also see an actor was honored with an individual award with team captain Shane Doan for the first time, which stood out and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy won because of his leadership qualities on and off the ice, and social engagement.

After the team had achieved in the 2001/ 02 season, the first time more than 90 points, Bob Francis was honored as best coach of the NHL with the Jack Adams Award and was the first person working in the franchise that had received an individual award. In the same year Sean Burke was the first and only player who was among the last three, when choosing a trophy. When choosing the Vezina Trophy, however, Montreal's José Théodore prevailed. The season for 2009/10 neuverpflichtete Dave Tippett was awarded after his debut season in Phoenix as coach of the year with the Jack Adams Award. The team had completed the previously best regular season of the franchise history under his leadership and achieved 107 points, a new record.

In the second season after moving Keith Tkachuk was elected to the Second Team All-Star. The same also succeeded Ilya Brysgalow after completion of the season 2009/10.

NHL All-Star Game nominations

* Participation as assistant coach ** Participation in the Young Stars Game

A total of 19 players in the Phoenix Coyotes have been chosen by the fans due to their popularity in the All-Star Game or nominated by the coaches because of their achievements.

Keith Tkachuk and Oleg Twerdowski were the first players who could represent the Coyotes at an All -Star Game. The following year was goalkeeper Nikolai Chabibulin, as usual, for a third goal in the world selection. Three times in a row, he represented his team, no other player came to his time with the Coyotes on more nominations. Only at the third All- Star game since the teams are managed Jeremy Roenick 1999 with a presentation by the first point for a player from Phoenix. A year later he was also the first goalscorer. Best Scorer in an All -Star Game at the Coyotes Ed Jovanovski, who topped up his points tally to three with two assists in the All -Star Game in 2008.

Jim Schoenfeld was there in 1999 as an assistant coach at the All -Star Game. First time in 2002 was organized a Young Stars Game. In the first two years, depending on the Coyotes were two players in the squad. 2008 Peter Mueller was the fifth Coyote, who took part in this game. Followed a year later Mikkel Bødker.

Season statistics

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, SOL = Shootout Losses by, Pts = Points, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty minutes

Franchise Records

Here all records are listed, which were set up in the NHL since the existence of the franchise, including for the period from 1979 until 1996, when the franchise acted as the Winnipeg Jets.


* Active player; Stand by end 2010/11 season


Team Records

The listed records only include benefits that have been achieved since the move and change of name to Phoenix Coyotes in 1996.


* Active player; Stand by end 2010/11 season



Abbreviations: GC = Matches, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, Pts = Points, Win % win rate =

* Change during the current season

No success in the playoffs made ​​the most of the coaches of the Coyotes in the first years to provide after moving to Phoenix. With Don Hay is set initially to a coach who had worked successfully at junior level, but could produce no references in the NHL. After a respectable first season, the blow came in the first playoff round and Phoenix got a new coach. Jim Schoenfeld, his successor, could already look back on experiences from Buffalo, New Jersey and Washington. He, too, was in his two seasons, the team did not put out on the first playoff round, and was therefore replaced by Bob Francis. Francis had previously been assistant coach of the Boston Bruins. He was voted the best coach in the NHL 2002. Twice in four years, he managed to move into the playoffs, but after a round was also under him closing. 2004 replaced him Rick Bowness until the end of the season. From 2005 to 2009, Wayne Gretzky, also co-owner of the franchise, active behind the gang. He did not succeed, to lead the team into the play- offs. For the 2009/10 season he was replaced by Dave Tippett of the gang.

General Manager


Current squad of 2013/14 season

As of March 14, 2014

Injured Reserve List ** = on set.

Team captains

In the history of the Phoenix Coyotes, there have been three different players who held the office of the team captain. With Keith Tkachuk was the star of the team and one of the leading figures in the first Coyotes captain. After joining Teppo Numminen followed with an experienced defensive specialist who was the second oldest player on the team at that time. After he had left the Coyotes, a player was with Shane Doan to captain, standing in the ranks of the Coyotes since the move from Winnipeg.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

So far, four players of the former Winnipeg Jets and a player of Phoenix Coyotes were included in the located in Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame. Four never played in her career for the Phoenix Coyotes, but were included in the statistics after moving the franchise from Winnipeg to Phoenix.

As official Wayne Gretzky stands as co-owner and head coach in direct contact with the Phoenix Coyotes. He was, however, recorded two years prior to joining the Coyotes into the Hall of Fame.

Locked jersey numbers

In its franchise history, the Phoenix Coyotes have been a jersey number officially closed. In addition, two blocked numbers were taken from the previous franchise Winnipeg Jets and another added. In addition, another is no longer officially awarded.

Already on February 19, 1989 closed the Winnipeg Jets jersey with Bobby Hull's number 9 In April 1994, also followed the jersey with the number 25 of the Swede Thomas Steen. Despite moving the franchise from Winnipeg to Phoenix Coyotes which retained the two locked number of predecessors. They are thus the only former World Hockey Association franchise that this is so practiced. The banners of the two erstgesperrten jerseys are therefore held in the club colors blue, white and red of the Jets. On 5 April 2007, they locked additionally the jersey with the number 10 Dale Hawerchuk.

With the number 27 Teppo Numminen of the Finns, the Phoenix Coyotes hung 30 January 2010 for the first time a banner of a player under the hall ceiling, who had also played for the franchise in Phoenix.

Meanwhile, Bobby Hull was the season 2005/ 06 the number 9 free again, so that his son Brett Hull could wear these. After five games Brett Hull ended his career and the number has been blocked again.

Furthermore, the famous 99 Canadian Wayne Gretzky no longer awarded to a player, as it is officially closed since 6 February 2000 through the league.

Coyotes Ring of Honor

In the so-called " Coyotes Ring of Honor ", which was established on 8 October 2005, players and officials are taken that have made through their work at the Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes extraordinary contributions to the franchise. So far, one of the "Ring of Honor " seven members.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

So far, the Phoenix Coyotes Draft could since the 1996 NHL Entry select four players in the top ten right, but for the first time in the edition of 2004.

The highest ever suffrage had the Coyotes in 2007, when they could choose Kyle Turris third overall position. Furthermore, they selected the years 2006 and 2008, Peter Mueller and Mikkel Bødker at each eighth position. Caused a stir the fifth pick, the Phoenix in the 2004 Entry Draft chose. The management did not make Blake Wheeler in the four years after the draft to take under contract because he refused for the team from Arizona to play. The Coyotes were compensated in accordance with the regulations of the NHL a second-round draft pick in 2008.

Top points scorer

The ten best points scorer in the history of the Phoenix Coyotes to the end of the regular season 2010/11 and the playoffs in 2011.

Abbreviations: Pos = Position, GP = Games, B = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points P / G = Points per game

Regular Season