After years of uncertainty the Phoenix Coyotes will stay in the desert. Today the Coyotes announced that IceArizona has finalized their purchase of the team.
The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that IceArizona AcquisitionCo., LLC has closed on their purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise from the National Hockey League. The sale and ownership transfer has been approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors.
IceArizona is a group composed of several business leaders from across North America. Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, LLC will act as the managing partner of IceArizona. (Coyotes.NHL.com)
“The National Hockey League believes in Arizona as an NHL market and that these new owners can provide the Coyotes the opportunity to secure a stable, long-term future in Glendale,”(Coyotes.NHL.com)
Last year Phoenix missed the NHL Playoffs for the first time since 2009. If there is any hope of this franchise returning to the playoffs they will need to find a way to gel the veterans with the youth.
On a side note over the past few year the Coyotes fan base has dropped off the radar. While I can’t blame people for not wanted to spend their money on a team that was as close to relocating as any team gets; fans no longer have that excuse. The NHL and state of Arizona did their job and kept the team in Phoenix. Now fans it’s up to you. You wanted your Coyotes now you have them. Support the team.