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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Thursday, September 4, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Arizona Sundogs. The Sundogs will continue to be the Coyotes’ sole ‘AA’ level affiliate this season.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Arizona Sundogs,” said Maloney. “They enjoyed a tremendously successful season last year in capturing the Ray Miron President’s Cup. We look forward to seeing them defend their title in the upcoming year.”

The Arizona Sundogs, who play their home games at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, are one of 16 teams in the CHL, competing in the Southwest Division along with Amarillo, New Mexico and Odessa. The team captured the Ray Miron’s President’s Cup in just their second season of play, sweeping the Colorado Eagles in four games. With the win, Arizona became the first team in the CHL in 10 years to sweep a team in the President’s Cup Finals.

“Since our Club was established prior to the 2006-07 season, a significant amount of focus has been directed to the development of players and their careers, and having a NHL affiliation plays a vital role in that process,” said Arizona Sundogs Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro. “We had a tremendous amount of success in working with the Phoenix Coyotes organization during the 2007-08 season and we’re pleased to once again secure an affiliation with a club that shares in our commitment to the development of younger players.”

The Sundogs will open their 2008-09 campaign on Oct. 18 against the Odessa Jackalopes.
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