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Official statement: Coyotes moving and next expansion city revealed


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Felip Gosselin
April 18, 2024  (12:56)
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There had been lots of rumors circulating around the Arizona Coyotes and their future.

The NHL just issued a formal announcement confirming that the team had been sold and that they be moving to Salt Lake City.
The National Hockey League's Board of Governors today approved the establishment of a franchise beginning with the 2024-25 season in Utah, that will be owned and controlled by Smith Entertainment Group, which is led by Ryan and Ashley Smith.

However, the news didn't stop there. In his press release, Bettman confirmed that the NHL would return to Arizona if the team's current owner had an appropriate facility within the next five years.
The Coyotes had been struggling to find an NHL sized stadium and had been playing in the Arizona State University's facility, arena who could barely welcome five thousand fans.
In addition, the Board approved a plan that renders the Arizona Coyotes franchise inactive, with a right to reactivate if owner Alex Meruelo has fully constructed a new, state-of-the-art facility appropriate for an NHL team within five years.

As published on the NHL's website:
Board Approves Establishment of New Franchise in Utah, Future Reactivation of Arizona Franchise Should Conditions Be Met
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Official statement: Coyotes moving and next expansion city revealed

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