The Coyotes have 60 points and are in fifth place in the Pacific Division. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
The Phoenix Coyotes will change their name to the Arizona Coyotes starting next 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,” Coyotes co-owner and president Anthony LeBlanc said. “We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest.”
The team’s uniform will not change, except that a new shoulder patch will be unveiled next season.
The team relocated from Winnipeg in 1996 and played in downtown Phoenix until 2003, when it moved to Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.