GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes are about to become the Arizona Coyotes.
The name change will coincide with the NHL draft on Friday, when the Coyotes will pick 12th overall.
The franchise has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since it was relocated from Winnipeg in 1996, but the new ownership group wanted the name to be all-inclusive for the state of Arizona.
"We are very excited that our franchise will change its name to the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Entry Draft this week," Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said in a news release.
"We have the 12th overall pick in the first round," Coyotes VP of Communications Rich Narin said. "So, that player who we select will be the first player in Coyotes history to be drafted by the Arizona Coyotes, not the Phoenix Coyotes."
The names and logos aren't the only things changing for the Coyotes. The team will be getting rid of their alternate logo, the one with the leaping coyote, and getting rid of the black jerseys that use the logo. As a whole, Narin said the changes should help the team appeal to a much wider fanbase.
"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."
IceArizona purchased the team last summer after it had been operated by the NHL for four years.
The Coyotes' uniforms have a new shoulder patch (see above) and the lettering in the team logo will change for the 2014-15 season.
Beyond that, the uniforms will not change.
Beginning June 25, the Coyotes new website address will be ArizonaCoyotes.com.
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