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PRO HOCKEY COMING TO TUCSON: Tucson City Council has passed a licensing agreement to bring an AHL team to Tucson.https://t.co/9dKQOhzm7K
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The Tucson City Council unanimously approved a new arena lease agreement Tuesday night between the Arizona Coyotes and the Tucson Convention Center, which makes minor-league hockey in the city a reality again after five unsuccessful attempts before.
The difference this time is the Tucson team will be bolstered by its affiliation with the Coyotes of the NHL. Hockey popularity has been enhanced in the state since the Coyotes moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996.
The Arizona Coyotes will hold a press conference Thursday regarding the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Tucson. The press conference will take place at the Tucson Convention Center. The Coyotes’ brass will be on hand, including President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc, EVP of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Dave Tippett and General Manager John Chayka.
The Coyotes have launched a “Name the Team” contest for the Tucson team. Fans interested in submitting names for the team are encouraged to post their suggestions on the Coyotes’ website. Fans who submit the winning name will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win two season tickets for Tucson’s 2016-17 AHL regular season, a Tucson team jersey and a 12-person suite to a 2016-17 Arizona Coyotes regular season home game. The contest started Tuesday and will run through midnight, May 31.
The Coyotes are currently accepting deposits for season ticket memberships for Tucson’s 2016-17 AHL regular season. Fans interested in ticket information should call 866-415-4695 or visit ArizonaCoyotes.com/AHL.
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TUCSON’S MINOR-LEAGUE FRANCHISES
Tucson Old Pueblos, 1915
Tucson Waddies, 1928
Tucson Cowboys, 1929-1930/1937-41/1947-58
Tucson Missions, 1931
Tucson Lizards, 1932
Tucson Toros, 1969-97/2009-10
Tucson Sidewinders, 1998-2008
Tucson Padres, 2011-2013
Tucson Gunners, 1978-79
Tucson Mavericks, 1975-76
Tucson Icemen, 1976-77
Tucson Rustlers, 1978-79
Tucson Gila Monsters, 1997-99
Tucson Scorch, 2001 (Never played)
Tucson Turquoise, 1976
Tucson Sky, 1977-79
Story published in the Tucson Citizen on Oct. 17, 1975, marking Tucson’s first attempt at a pro hockey team — the Tucson Mavericks
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.