The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team that was based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. Since December 2003, the Coyotes have played their home games at Jobing.com Arena after having spent the previous 7 seasons at America West Arena (now US Airways Center) in downtown Phoenix. The Coyotes were founded in 1972 as the original Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and were one of four franchises absorbed into the NHL when the WHA folded in 1979. The team moved to Phoenix on July 1, 1996. The NHL has owned the Phoenix Coyotes franchise since 2009. Former owner Jerry Moyes had incurred massive financial losses since his purchase of the team in 2005 and later turned it over to the league after declaring bankruptcy.
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