It's not a surprise, but the new owners of the Phoenix Coyotes will be changing the team's name to the Arizona Coyotes for next season.
The name change was part of the arena lease agreement with the city of Glendale, although it didn't say exactly when that change had to happen.
Coyotes co-owner, president, and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the name change will become effective for the 2014-15 season.
From a team statement:
"Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest. We hope that the name 'Arizona' will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team."The uniforms won't change, except for a new shoulder patch (the current patches say "PHX").
The Phoenix Suns are the last of the four major sports teams in the Valley to keep Phoenix in the name.
The Arizona Cardinals were first to adopt the Arizona name, prior to the 1994 season, as the Phoenix Cardinals never actually played a game in Phoenix.
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