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The Phoenix Coyotes started life in 1972 as the Winnipeg Jets, a founding franchise of the World Hockey Association. Led on the ice by one of the WHA’s biggest NHL steals, Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer Bobby Hull , the Jets made the WHA finals five times and won the WHA championship three times in the league’s seven seasons of operation. When the World Hockey Association merged with National Hockey League in 1979 the Jets were one of four franchises that survived; the others were the Quebec Nordiques (now the Colorado Avalanche), the Edmonton Oilers and the New England Whalers (now the Carolina Hurricanes). Steeply rising player salaries and a weak Canadian dollar in the 1990s hit small market Canadian teams hard. The Nordiques, the smallest market franchise in the NHL, was moved to Denver in 1995, making the Jets the League’s smallest market. A year later the Jets followed the Nordiques to the United States and played the 1996-97 season as the Phoenix Coyotes.
Since moving to Phoenix the club has not done well. In the team’s eleven seasons it has made the playoffs five times, but has never won a playoff series. The Phoenix Coyotes have been eliminated in the Quarterfinals of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks (1997), the Detroit Red Wings (1998), the St. Louis Blues (1999), the Colorado Avalanche (2000) and the San Jose Sharks (2002). That was the team’s last playoff appearance. In the 2007-08 season the Coyotes finished fourth in the five-team Pacific division and missed the post season for the fifth consecutive season. It should be noted, however, that the regular season’s final stats, 38 37 0 7 for 83 points, made 2007-08 the team’s best season since it last qualified for the playoffs in 2002.
In 2001 the Coyotes were sold Steve Ellman, a Phoenix real estate developer, with Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky as a part-owner and head of hockey operations. In the summer of 2005, Gretzky fired head coach Rick Bowness and named himself as Bowness’ replacement, despite zero previous coaching experience. In April majority owner Steve Ellman announced an agreement for Jerry Moyes to assume majority ownership control of the Phoenix Coyotes. Two years later the franchise did a house cleaning , relieving the GM and Assistant GM as well as the SVP of Hockey Operations of their duties Cliff Fletcher, and and Coyotes' assistant general manager Laurence Gilman "have been relieved of their duties. Don Maloney has been the Coyote GM since that time. Part owner Wayne Gretsky remains as head coach.
The Phoenix Coyotes are in the Pacific Division of the 3-division Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
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