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Coyotes reaffirm commitment to Arizona

President, CEO Anthony LeBlanc denies report organization is exploring arenas in Portland, Seattle

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Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc released a statement Thursday in response to a published report that the Coyotes are looking at arenas in Portland and Seattle. 

The report, published in the Glendale Star, came five days after Arizona State University pulled out of a potential arena deal with the Coyotes that would have given them a new home in Tempe.

"Recent reports by the Glendale Star that the Coyotes ownership group has explored arena options outside the Arizona market are completely false," LeBlanc said. "The Star referenced an anonymous arena source and an anonymous Coyotes source, and these are a fabrication.

"The Coyotes are focused on creating one of the most taxpayer friendly facilities in the country here in the Valley. This new arena will pay for itself, create jobs and generate millions of dollars of revenue for the state, county and municipality where it's built. We are fully committed to Arizona."

After Arizona State's withdrawal, LeBlanc said the Coyotes would "continue to explore other options that will ensure a successful future for our teams and our fans."

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