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First season as an owner a dream for Coyotes' LeBlanc, except for missing the playoffs

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 3:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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First season as an owner a dream for Coyotes' LeBlanc, except for missing the playoffs

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anthony LeBlanc lived out a dream by becoming the owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

All that was missing was a trip to the playoffs.

LeBlanc and the rest of IceArizona purchased the team from the NHL last summer and, despite short preparation time, met most of their financial goals in their first season as owners, including a franchise record for ticket revenue.

On the ice, Phoenix came up just short, missing the playoffs by two points thanks to a seven-game losing streak late in the season.

LeBlanc said he expects some changes on the roster, but doesn't believe there needs to be an overhaul since the Coyotes were so close and had injuries to key players, including captain Shane Doan and goalie Mike Smith.

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