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The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional NHL hockey franchise based out of Phoenix, Arizona. The team was founded in 1972 as the Winnipeg Jets, but moved to Phoenix and became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996. They currently compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, and call Glendale's Arena home.

The Coyotes' team colors are red, black, tan, and white. They are lead by team captain, Shane Doan.

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Founded: 1972 in the World Hockey Association (as the Winnipeg Jets)
Joined the NHL: 1979-80
Home Arena: Arena
Former Home Arena: America West Arena (1996-2004)
Uniform: Home - Brick red with white striping and numbers and lace-up neck. Away - White with brick red striping and numbers and modified V-neck.
Stanley Cups Won: None
Mascot: Howler the Coyote
Rivals: Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks

The Winnipeg Jets were a WHA and then an NHL franchise who are now the Phoenix Coyotes. In 1972-1973, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The National Hockey League had recently expanded to 16 teams, adding franchises in many hockey-hungry cities (only one in Canada), but also in Atlanta, Oakland and Los Angeles. The WHA brought professional hockey to Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and later Calgary and Toronto.

The Jets were the most successful WHA team, winning three Avco Cups, the league's championship trophy. By 1979, the vast majority of the WHA's teams had folded, but the Jets were still going strong, and they were absorbed into the NHL, but had to give up three of their top six scorers and drafted 18th out of the NHL's 21 teams.

The Jets experienced mixed success in the NHL, with predictably terrible results in their first few seasons. In 1981, they drafted future hall of famer Dale Hawerchuk. They finished 5th in the league in 1984-85, their best showing.

As the NHL expanded in the United States, operating costs and salaries grew rapidly, and the Jets were unable to retain their best players. Various schemes were attempted to save the team, but it was sold to out-of-town interests. In 1996, the Winnipeg Jets moved to Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Jets retired two numbers, #9, Bobby Hull, and #25, Thomas Steen. Both numbers hang in Glendale Arena with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise. The number 9, however was worn by Bobby's son Brett Hull during his tenure with the team which lasted all of five games before his retirement on October 15, 2005.

In 2004 Winnipeg writer Steve Lundin wrote When She's Gone, which portrayed the psychological damage done to Manitoba's hockey fans by the loss of the team.

In August 2005, two months before the start of the new hockey season, the Coyotes announced that Wayne Gretzky would be the new coach of the team, replacing interim coach Rick Bowness. The team's mascot is named Howler The Coyote.

The Coyotes/Jets franchise is currently the oldest NHL team to have never appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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