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Doan Explains Why He Wore No. 19

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Former Coyotes captain Shane Doan returned to Gila River Arena on Monday afternoon to answer questions from reporters about the team's recently announced plan to retire his No. 19 during the 2018-19 season.

Doan's number will be the first in the nearly 40-year history of the franchise to be retired on Feb. 24, 2019, before a home game vs. the Winnipeg Jets. 

Doan, of course, played 1,540 games for the Coyotes, but did you know he wore No. 19 for only 1,531 of those games?

It's true.

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Coyotes 'Happy to Invest' in Dvorak

Center Christian Dvorak signed a six-year contract extension on Thursday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Christian Dvorak has been a consistent two-way center for the Coyotes for two seasons and the team is banking on that trend to continue.  

With one year left on his current contract, Arizona secured Dvorak's services for six more years beyond it on Thursday by signing the 22-year-old to a lengthy extension. 

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Coyotes Sign Dvorak to Six-Year Contract Extension

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Thursday, August 9, 2018
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Christian to a long-term contract," said Chayka. "Christian is a highly skilled, reliable, two-way center who continues to improve each season. He will be a key player for us in the future and we are thrilled to have him with us for the next seven seasons."

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Coyotes Announce 2018-19 Theme Nights, Single Game Ticket Promotions

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
GLENDALE ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today the team's theme nights and single game ticket promotions for the 2018-19 NHL season. In total, the Coyotes will have 17 theme nights this season that include several great promotional items that will be given away to fans at Gila River Arena.

Below is a complete list of the Coyotes theme nights and giveaway items during the 2018-19 Coyotes season:

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Coyotes Made Changes During Busy Off-Season

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - One month from today, Coyotes prospects will play a game vs. their peers with the San Jose Sharks in the first of three rookie tournament games in Las Vegas.

The event will mark the unofficial end to a busy off-season for the Coyotes, who made several eye-catching changes to the team's roster, and hockey operations and business departments since last playing a game in April.

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Original Coyotes Logo Designed to be Unique, Intrigue Fans

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - The Coyotes announced Monday the team would wear its original black Kachina jerseys for 14 home games in 2018-19, including all 13 Saturday games to be played at Gila River Arena.

The sweaters were officially declared the team's third jersey earlier this off-season.

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Coyotes Announce Kachina Saturdays Coming to Gila River Arena This Season

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Monday, August 6, 2018

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club will introduce Kachina Saturdays at Gila River Arena this season. The Coyotes are entering their 23rd year in the Valley and Kachina Saturdays will provide fans with an opportunity to celebrate the Coyotes proud history over the past two decades.

"Our goal with Kachina Saturdays is to make Gila River Arena the Valley's place to be on 13 Saturdays this season," said Coyotes' President & CEO Ahron Cohen. "In the same way as the Kachina jerseys celebrate our team's history in Arizona, we're going to use these games to honor great Coyotes players from the past and the other members of our Pack who have done so much to grow hockey in Arizona and positively impact the Valley - our loyal season ticket members, our community heroes, and the youth hockey representatives who mean the world to us."

View More Top Prospects for Arizona Coyotes

Strome leads pack, with Hill goalie of future

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

EDITOR'S NOTE: is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the top five prospects for the Arizona Coyotes, according to

1. Dylan Strome, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 3 pick in 2015 NHL Draft

Last season: Arizona: 21 GP, 4-5-9; Tucson (AHL): 50 GP, 22-31-53

Strome was the leading scorer for Tucson in the American Hockey League in his first full professional season. The 21-year-old was recalled by Arizona on March 20 and had eight points (three goals, five assists) in the final 10 games of the NHL season.

Expectations have been high since Strome was picked after Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (No. 1) and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (No. 2) in the 2015 draft. Arizona general manager John Chayka said Strome is still a can't-miss prospect because of his production last season, his size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), and his age. The Coyotes want to see him have a strong training camp so he can start the season in a top-nine role, even if it's on the wing.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

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Keller leads production from young core; special teams must improve

by Rob Vollman @robvollmanNHL ‏ / Correspondent

EDITOR'S NOTE: is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Arizona Coyotes.

1. Opportunity for growth

The Arizona Coyotes missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a sixth straight season, but their youth gives them an opportunity for a quick improvement.

Of the eight Coyotes to score at least 30 points last season, five were 22 or younger as of Feb, 1, 2018. That includes 20-year-old forward Clayton Keller, who led the Coyotes with 65 points (23 goals, 42 assists) in 82 games. It also includes Max Domi, who scored 45 points (nine goals, 36 assists) and was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on June 15 for Alex Galchenyuk, who scored 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists).

The Coyotes had a combined 252 points from players 22 and under, second to the Colorado Avalanche (270), more than double the NHL average of 120. The 252 points were an NHL high 45.6 percent of the 553 points scored by Arizona players.

View More Three Questions Facing Arizona Coyotes

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

EDITOR'S NOTE: is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three important questions facing the Arizona Coyotes.

1. Can Arizona build off its strong finish?

The Coyotes started to establish a winning culture in the last two months of last season. They were 17-9-3 in their last 29 games after going 12-32-9 in their first 53.

Arizona was second in goals allowed (69) and Antti Raanta was first in the NHL with a .950 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average (among goalies with at least 10 games) from Feb. 8 to the end of the season.

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