The Arizona Coyotes have been in the NHL since 1996 after previously being the Winnipeg Jets for over 15 years. The organization is still searching for their first conference championship and Stanley Cup title. The highlight of the franchise came during the 2011-2012 season when they won their only division title. The Coyotes also reached the conference finals that season, but lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games. Overall, Arizona has reached the postseason eight times throughout the years. Since the move to Phoenix, the organization has been led by Shane Doan. The right winger ranks near the top of all statistical records for the Coyotes. Franchise great Keith Tkachuk also is near the top of many categories including the most points and goals in one season. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Arizona Coyotes hockey tickets.
2015 Coyotes Season Preview
The 2013 NHL season finished in absolute frustration for the Arizona Coyotes. With 3 weeks left in the season the Coyotes looked to be in good shape to make the NHL playoffs, but then Arizona proceeded to lose 7 of their last 8 games to finish 2 points outside of the Western Conference playoff picture.
Because of this collapse, the Arizona Coyotes have tried to cultivate a greater sense of toughness this offseason. For 2014, the Coyotes have brought in Sam Gagner who looks to utilize a fresh start to continue to build on his notable talent. Also new for 2014 are B.J. Crombeen, and Joe Vitale. Once again the Arizona Coyotes season will rest on the shoulders of outstanding goaltender Mike Smith. If Smith can reproduce some of the magic that help him lead the Coyotes to the Western Conference finals in 2012, then Arizona has a good chance of putting last season collapse behind them and advance to the NHL playoffs once again.
Check out our Phoenix Coyotes Season Preview History page for previews of previous Coyotes seasons.
Arizona Coyotes Hockey at Gila River Arena Address: 9400 W Maryland Ave, Glendale, Arizona, 85305
The Coyotes play all their home games at Gila River Arena, located in Glendale, Arizona. When filled to capacity, Gila River Arena holds over 17,000 screaming fans. The state-of-the-art facility holds many entertainment acts and various sporting events throughout the calendar year. The Phoenix Coyotes home bench is on the Gila River Arena rink side in front of section 122. Gila River Arena parking information is covered in our Coyotes event guide.
Coyotes vs. Kings
With a Western Conference Final between them now, this is a true rivalry in every facet. While the Kings won the Stanley Cup, the Coyotes proved they’re a top-tier club and thus will try to knock the Kings down every chance they get. Dustin Brown to Jonathan Quick, many Kings have become enemies in the eyes of Coyotes fans. You can be sure you’ll hear some chant of “BEAT L.A.” in the Gila River Arena.
Arizona Coyotes in the Stanley Cup, Western Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
The Phoenix Coyotes are one of the NHL’s newest teams, entering the league in 1996. They have experienced some mild success having played in the 2012 Western Conference Finals. They have made it to a solid 8 NHL Playoffs since their inaugural season in ’96.
Arizona Coyotes Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Coyotes game?
Gates open 1-hour before the puck drops at Gila River Arena.
Where are good places to eat before a Coyotes game?
There are a few great Mexican food restaurants within a mile of the arena. El Sabor De La Familia and Soleil are two of the best. If you are a barbeque fan try Shane’s Rib Shack. Shane’s is only a few blocks from Gila River Arena and has some of the best ribs in Arizona. Gordon Biersch Brewery is close by and has great drink and food selection. Greek food fans should not miss out trying My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. Other good places in the area are Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Saddle Ranch Chop house, and Mama Gina’s.
Where is the best place to park at Gila River Arena?
The most convenient parking options are located on the east and west sides of the stadium. On the west side of the arena is a hotel parking garage and Lot E. On the east side is Lot G, which is the largest of the three options. Another good place to look is on the north side of Coyotes Blvd. at American Way. Lot B, and Lot A are in that area. Also north of Coyotes Blvd. at Gail Lane are Lot J and Lot K.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Coyotes game?
If your child is under 2 years old or under 36” they are not required to have a ticket to enter Gila River Arena. It is best practice to bring proof of your child’s age to the gate with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the arena.