Tuesday, April 19, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and the Springfield Falcons announced today that the two clubs have signed an agreement for the Coyotes to purchase the Falcons American Hockey League (AHL) franchise. The agreement is contingent upon AHL Board of Governor approval, finalizing closing conditions, and signing an arena lease agreement.
Once approved, the Coyotes hope to have the AHL team play at Tucson Convention Center (TCC) and are in conversations with the City and Rio Nuevo to relocate the franchise to Tucson, Arizona, beginning with the 2016-17 AHL season.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams with close to 90% of today's NHL players being American Hockey League graduates.