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  • The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona, that competes in the National Hockey League. They are members of the league's Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Since December 2003, the Coyotes have played their home games at Jobing.com Arena after having spent the previous 7½ seasons at America West Arena in downtown Phoenix. The Coyotes were founded in 1972 as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association and were one of four franchises absorbed into the NHL when the WHA folded in 1979. The team moved to Phoenix on July 1, 1996, and rebranded itself the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL took over ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise in 2009 after previous owner Jerry Moyes turned it over to the league after declaring bankruptcy. Prior to that, Moyes had previously attempted to privately sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, who wanted to relocate the team to Hamilton, Ontario, but the NHL protested that the attempted sale was a violation of league policy and a court agreed.

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