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.
2016 Coyotes Season Preview
A year after barely falling short of a playoff spot, the Arizona Coyotes struggled, falling to last place in the Western Conference. The Coyotes accumulated a conference low 56 points by winning only 24 games.
The Arizona Coyotes come into the 2015 season looking to rebound and get back into the playoff hunt. The biggest move for the Coyotes in the offseason might have been bringing back top scorer Antoine Vermette, who was dealt to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline a season ago. Vermette will likely be the focal point of the Arizona Coyotes scoring attack in 2015. The Coyotes also brought in veteran defensive players Nicklas Grossmann, and Zbeynek Michalek to help sure up what was a shaky back line for Arizona a season ago. The biggest question for the Arizona Coyotes will likely be at goal tender. Will Mike Smith finally emerge as the goaltender he has the potential to be? Or will he continue to struggle despite what should be a drastically improved Coyotes defense? The answer to that question could likely determine if the Arizona Coyotes reach the playoffs, or fall short 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.