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Sports workshop coming to Glendale

by Jason Stone

The City of Glendale is part of a Linking Sports and Communities Luncheon at Glendale Civic Center Friday afternoon.

WESTMARC, Glendale and the Leadership Consortium are holding a luncheon and workshop and plan to present the Pat Tillman Community Service Awards to this year’s winners, including the City of Glendale.

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez will also be honored with National Junior Minority Golf founder Bill Dickey.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and stars emcee Craig Fouhy from ABC-15 TV.

Jeff Moorad, the new general partner of the Diamondbacks, will be the keynote speaker of the event.

The second part of the half-day event consists of workshops featuring speakers such as KTAR-radio’s Dave Burns, Phoenix Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Tickets to the event are available at www.linkingsports.com or by calling (602) 763-9900.

Published at glendalestar.com • June 15, 2005

Hockey appears done; AIA coming

by Jason Stone

The NHL’s loss might just be the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s gain.

With the Phoenix Coyotes season on life support and Glendale Arena aggressively trying to fill dates with other events, the AIA and the arena agreed to bring “February Frenzy” to the facility starting this year.

All basketball state tournament championships will now be played at Glendale Arena, instead of America West Arena, which has hosted the game since opening its doors 12 years ago.

The arena will also host the wrestling and spirit line championships.

“I think this is great for the West Valley — especially people in Glendale and Peoria,” said Peoria High athletic director Kevin Forgia, a longtime West Valley resident who has also headed up the program at Cactus in the past. “It certainly makes it convenient for us.”

The addition of the championship games — and possible football hosting spot at the new Cardinals Stadium in 2006 — has given Glendale another feather in its sports cap.

The city already will receive the Fiesta Bowl starting in 2006, the Super Bowl in 2008 and the NHL All-Star Game in 2006.

The Cardinals officially begin play at the new stadium in 2006.

Published at glendalestar.com • Dec. 22, 2004

Coyotes’ season on hold

by Jason Stone

Shane Doan’s game-winning goal for Team Canada in the World Cup of hockey last week might be the only meaningful tally a Phoenix Coyotes player scores all season.

As expected, NHL owners officially locked out players after the league’s collective bargaining agreement expired Sept. 15.

Coyotes president Douglas Moss made this official statement about the lockout:

“The NHL Board of Governors and commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the opening of training camps will be delayed and the start of the 2004-05 regular season is in jeopardy until a resolution is reached in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.

“The league has our full support as we take this difficult, but necessary, step toward creating a new economic system that will help our club in the future.

“The Phoenix Coyotes organization apologizes for the inconvenience this necessary action will cause its loyal fans, employees and business partners. We hope our team will be back in action soon.”

Glendale Arena was to host a series of preseason games before the regular season kicked off in two weeks.

The Coyotes, who also manage other events at Glendale Arena, are now scrambling to fill the dates in the arena with other events while hockey is put on hold.

Among the notable events already scheduled are concerts featuring Steven Curtis Chapman Oct. 22, Avril Lavigne Nov. 17 and the just-announced date with Yanni Nov. 7.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially cancelled all their preseason games and their home opener for the regular season schedule.

The Coyotes still have the Oct. 1 home opener against Los Angeles listed on the Glendale Arena schedule.

Coyotes make roster moves despite stoppage

Despite the league’s lockout, the Coyotes were active in roster moves last week.

The team signed free-agent left wing Landon Bathe to a two-year contract and free-agent center Olivier Latendresse to a three-year deal.

The team also assigned goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier to the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League. Utah is the Coyotes’ new top minor league affiliate.

Pelletier played in four games with the Coyotes last season, and spent most of the season at Springfield in the AHL.

Published at glendalestar.com • Sept. 22, 2004


Coyotes to open at home — maybe

by Jason Stone

Phoenix Coyotes players do not know if the 2004-05 NHL season will be staged.
But if it is, the Coyotes know who they will be playing.
The NHL released its ’04-’05 schedule last week, and baring an expected owner lockout, the Coyotes will begin at home Oct. 13 against Pacific Division-rival Dallas.
The home opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Glendale Arena.
All Coyotes home games except four will begin at 7 p.m. Two Sunday games, a game on New Year’s Eve and one on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will feature different starting times.
The two longest home stands at Glendale Arena will be a six-game stretch from Nov. 20 through Dec. 4 and a five-game stint from Jan. 17 through 27.
The Coyotes start the season by playing 11 of their first 19 games on the road. The longest road trip is a five-game swing through Columbus, St. Louis, San Jose, Vancouver and Anaheim from Dec. 17 through 26.
The NHL All-Star Game will be played Feb. 13 in Atlanta.
It is the last All-Star Game before Glendale hosts the event in February 2006.

Published at glendalestar.com • July 25, 2004

Nashville first foe for Coyotes in Glendale arena

Music City, welcome to one of the world’s largest antique markets.

The NHL announced last week that the Nashville Predators will be the opponent for the Phoenix Coyotes in their first game at the new Glendale arena Dec. 27.

The Coyotes, which have played in the America West Arena in Phoenix since moving to the Valley in 1996, will play the season’s first 2½ months at that arena before moving to the new 17,500-seat Glendale facility.

In the NHL’s official schedule, the Coyotes will open the season at AWA Oct. 10 against the St. Louis Blues, which feature former Coyote captain Keith Tkachuk.

The Coyotes will start the season by playing 25 of its first 41 games on the road. The team will play 13 regular season games at AWA before moving to Glendale. The final Phoenix game is set for Dec. 15 against Minnesota.

The Coyotes will open the Glendale arena with a three-game homestand. In addition to the Nashville game, the Coyotes will host the New York Rangers Dec. 29 and play a special New Year’s Eve game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The longest home stint is six games between Jan. 24 and Feb. 4. Detroit, Calgary, Ottawa, Dallas, Columbus and Florida will bring in teams during that span.

A five-game home stand from Feb. 20 through 27 will feature Columbus, Nashville, Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Edmonton.

Detroit will make two appearances at Glendale arena Jan. 24 and March 18. The Red Wings are traditionally one of the biggest draws at America West Arena.

Other notable home games include:

  • Jeremy Roenick and the Philadelphia Flyers will make their only appearance Oct. 18.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs stop in the Valley for the first time since 1997-98 season Oct. 23.
  • Stanley Cup finalist Anaheim makes its first visit Nov. 8.
  • Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins come to Arizona for a Feb. 25 game.
  • Colorado Avalanche makes the final regular season trip to Valley March 12.

All home games start at 7 p.m., except games against Atlanta (Jan. 11) and Minnesota (March 7), which will start at 5 p.m.

The season finale against Chicago April 3, which is also Fan Appreciation Day, will begin at 2 p.m.

Single game tickets will go on sale Sept. 13 for all America West Arena games.

Sale dates for individual tickets for Glendale games have yet to be announced.

The Coyotes are selling full-, half- and partial-season ticket packages, including a weekend plan.

Call (480) 563-PUCK for ticket information.

Published at glendalestar.com • July 23, 2003