The positive impact that the Coyotes have had on the State of Arizona is undeniable, and they’re worthy of continued support by the community as a whole.
As of today, it’s been two weeks since the Arizona Coyotes played hockey, although it seems like a lifetime ago. At this point, there are more questions than answers as to whether or not the 2019-20 season will ever continue in any manner and, if so, when.
Will the remainder of the regular season be canceled but NHL playoffs held? If the answer is yes, how many teams will be involved, and in what format?
Regardless of the answers to those questions, it is clear that the ‘Yotes, who have had a nearly 25-year presence in the Valley, are an integral part of the local sports community. By local, I am stretching the term to mean the entire State of Arizona. There are fans all over the state that follow the Desert Dogs on radio and TV, and occasionally make the trek to see the boys in action at Gila River Arena. In addition, fans also flock to see the Tucson Roadrunners. Hockey is a great game to watch, especially in person, and the in-arena energy is quite palpable.
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In the absence of any meaningful hockey, the Coyotes’ organization has continued to make a concerted effort to make its local presence known. The Coyotes Foundation continues to provide services to the community, and the players and staff insist on involving themselves with worthy causes for the betterment of others.
The ‘Yotes are actively engaged in social media and interact with their loyal fan base to keep the Coyotes front and center. Regardless of the team’s relevancy in the NHL standings year after year, the Coyotes are an entertaining pack to watch and worthy of community support.
There is indeed a solid base of fans that live and die with the team’s fortunes, and regardless of the season’s results, keep coming back for more. When a team has been around for a quarter of a century, it’s easy to take it for granted. Sort of like the furniture in our living room, it’s hardly ever noticed, but when it is, we take comfort in it – and it’s ours.
The Arizona Coyotes organization, however, deserves much more than just being noticed. They’ve made a significant impact on Arizona’s sports community and its state’s economy. The Coyotes provide an entertaining product on the ice, but we need to remember that their positive reach extends far beyond that. Let’s go Coyotes!