The Coyotes thanked their fans for their support throughout the 2014-15 season with Pack Pride Night on Saturday at Gila River Arena.
Among the highlights of the evening:
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• A video of captain Shane Doan thanking fans was played inside the arena before puck drop, and Doan addressed the fans live after the game.
"Thank you very much," Doan told the crowd after the team's 2-1 loss to Anaheim. "It's going to be a good summer and we hope to see you all back next fall."
• Goalie Mike Smith substituted the usual back plate of his mask for a special one featuring the face of seven-year-old fan Ollie McNeil, who won a Pack Pride Night contest seeking Smith's biggest fan. Artist David Arrigo, who designs/paints Smith's masks on a regular basis, painted Ollie's face on the back plate.
• As he does at all season finales, Coyotes official national anthem singer Patrick Lauder asked the fans to sing The Star Spangled Banner, which they did.
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• Sgt. Daniel Urman of the U.S. Army surprised his parents by appearing at the pre-game ceremonial puck drop.
Urman’s parents, Eitan and Ronit Urman, are long-time Coyotes season-ticket holders whom the team asked to drop the puck as a thank you for their support over the years.
The Urmans were unaware their son Daniel was home early from serving a tour in Afghanistan, and he attempted to sneak up behind them to deliver the ceremonial puck at center ice. But Eitan spotted Daniel as he made his way onto the ice, sprinted to him, jumped into his arms and the two men fell to the ice in a hug for the ages.
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• Coyotes players literally gave select fans the game-worn sweaters off their backs in a ceremony on the ice immediately after the game.