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.
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