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  • The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. They compete in the National Hockey League's Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Since December 2003, the Coyotes have played their home games at Arena after having spent the previous 7½ seasons seasons at America West Arena in downtown Phoenix. Coyotes officials announced on August 13, 2014 they entered into a 9-year agreement with Gila River Casinos to re-name the venue as Gila River Arena, pending Glendale City Council approval on September 9th. The Coyotes were founded on December 27, 1971 as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association. After the WHA had ceased operations, they were one of four original franchises absorbed into the National Hockey League and then officially granted membership on June 22, 1979. The Jets moved to Phoenix on July 1, 1996 and were renamed as 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.

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