Friday, June 24, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes will commemorate their 20th anniversary as an NHL franchise throughout the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Coyotes relocated to the Valley of the Sun in 1996 and the team played its first regular season home game on Oct. 10, 1996 versus the San Jose Sharks. The Coyotes will begin their 20th year in the desert against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 15 at Gila River Arena.
“Fans throughout Arizona have passionately embraced the Coyotes since our first season in 1996,” said LeBlanc. “We are extremely proud of our rich hockey history in the desert and we are looking forward to celebrating our 20 years in the Valley this season.”
In conjunction with the milestone, the Coyotes have designed a special 20th Anniversary mark that will be used in various locations – including the center ice logo at Gila River Arena for all home games and on ArizonaCoyotes.com. Additionally, all season long, the team will wear an Arizona Coyotes 20th Anniversary patch on the right chest of each player’s home and away jersey. The patch is an image of the state of Arizona with a large “20” displayed along with the years 1996 – 2016. The Coyotes’ 20th anniversary artwork was created by the Coyotes’ Creative Services department.
Additional plans to commemorate the team’s 20th anniversary on and off the ice will be announced before the start of the 2016-17 season. The Coyotes will release a line of 20th Anniversary merchandise that will be available at the Coyotes Den in Gila River Arena beginning in October and will use the Twitter hashtag #ARI20NA throughout the 2016-17 season to mark their 20th anniversary.