On Tuesday, the Coyotes left Phoenix and headed north of the border to Vancouver, British Columbia, where they will face the Canucks in the first game of the 2005-06 regular season on Wednesday.
While there is no denying that a full NHL season is one of the most grueling events in modern day sports, the Coyotes welcome the season with open arms as it gives them a chance to play meaningful hockey once again.
"Everyone here is so excited," said Coyote forward Tyson Nash. "The guys have worked hard in the preseason and now we are looking forward to getting the season started."
The 2005-06 preseason was a little longer than normal, but it helped prepare many players on the Coyotes and around the league for the regular season.
"We had a long preseason to get back in shape but now guys can't wait to get things going for real," said Coyotes forward Boyd Devereaux.
One factor that may actually play into the Coyotes favor is having the chance to open the season on the road.
"I think opening on the road this year is a good thing for our team," said Nash. "It gives us the chance to come together as a team and we know that all we have to do is go out and play. The fans in Vancouver will already be pumped up and with Wayne (Gretzky) being behind the bench, everyone in Canada is going to be watching, but we have the luxury of just coming in as visitors knowing all we have to do is play our game."
Following the game in Vancouver, the Coyotes will travel to Los Angeles to face Kings in a match up of Pacific Division rivals on Thursday.
The Phoenix Coyotes will be holding viewing parties for the first two road games of the 2005-06 Season. Fans are encouraged to attend the parties are cheer the Coyotes on to victory. For more information on the first two viewing parties of the year, please see the information below.
Wednesday, Oct 5 Coyotes Viewing Party
The Phoenix Coyotes open the 2005-06 season in Vancouver. Join Coyotes In-Arena Host, Torgy and KDUS for a Coyotes Viewing Party on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:30pm at Fox Sports Grill (Scottsdale Rd and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd). KDUS will be broadcasting live. Enjoy $2.75 Sierra Nevada pints and you can keep the glass too. Don't miss the first Coyotes game of the season. Visit PhoenixCoyotes.com for complete details.
Thursday, Oct 6 Coyotes Viewing Party
McDuffy's Peoria (83rd Ave south of Bell Rd) is hosting a Coyotes Viewing Party on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm as the Phoenix Coyotes invade LA to take on the Kings. Join Coyotes In-Arena Host, Torgy and KDKB for a game of hard hitting, action and great prizes. Visit PhoenixCoyotes.com for complete details.
The Coyotes officially placed Brian Boucher, Jason Chimera, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom on the injured reserve list today. All players are currently listed as day-to-day.
After being placed on waivers yesterday Brad Ference and Chris McAllister went unclaimed in the 24-hour window yesterday. Both players will now be assigned to the Coyotes AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
CUJO TO START
Goaltender Curtis Joseph is scheduled to start in goal for the Coyotes on opening night in Vancouver. The Canucks have not announced whom they will send to the nets opposite Joseph although it will likely be Dan Cloutier.