Approximately 3,000 hockey fans showed their support for the Coyotes on Thursday night at an “Open House” at Jobing.com Arena.
Coyotes players Mikkel Boedker
, Viktor Tikhonov
, Keith Yandle
and Peter Mueller attended the event and signed autographs until 9:30 p.m. Coyotes TV Color Analyst Darren Pang served as the emcee.
“It was a tremendous turnout by the fans,” Coyotes President Doug Moss said. “They were an energetic crowd and really showed their support for the Phoenix Coyotes and Glendale. The players enjoyed it too and they received a lot of support from the fans.”
Asked to characterize the mood of the fans, Moss said: “They were very positive, very upbeat and very passionate about things. I think it was very cathartic for them. There was an electricity in the air. They can’t wait to come back here in September and watch some games.”
Mueller said he also felt the passion of the fans.
“We’re planning to be here for a long time,” Mueller said. “We want to make this work…The fans are clearly behind us and we want to give back the 100 percent they show to us.”
Plans are in the works for another “Open House” the week of July 6 to coincide with the team’s conditional camp for its rookies.
Author: Dave Vest