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'Let's Do This, Arizona'

In My Words: Derek Stepan

by Derek Stepan / Special to ArizonaCoyotes.com

Arizona, this will be for you.

First and foremost, I owe you all Coyotes fans a big "Thank you." You stuck with us through some tough times. I came here in 2017, when we matched a dubious NHL record by losing our first 11 games. I knew then that the road ahead was going to be difficult.

I have faced no greater adversity in my NHL career than what I faced at the start of my time, here. That makes this playoff opportunity that much sweeter. We did it together. 

Every year, every game, every home game, I feel the atmosphere at Gila River Arena growing a bit stronger. Thank you for that support, the continued, invaluable support. You deserve some meaningful hockey. If it weren't for COVID-19, I'd give every single one of you a big hug.

Now, let's talk playoffs!

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