PHOENIX, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Phoenix Coyotes fans should brace for a relatively minor name change. The NHL team will officially become the Arizona Coyotes for the 2014-2015 season.
Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement that he hoped the name change would help bring in more fans from all over Arizona.
"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," LeBlanc said. "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," he added.CBS Sports' Brian Stubits noted that the issue came up in lease negotiations. The city of Glendale, where the Coyotes play, would have wanted a name that also encompasses their community. [NHL.com, CBS Sports]