Tucson AHL team

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Tucson
City Tucson, Arizona
League American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1994
Home arena Tucson Convention Center
Colors TBA
Owner(s) IceArizona, LLC
Andrew Barroway
General manager TBD
Head coach TBD
Affiliates Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–2016 Springfield Falcons
2016–present Tucson

The Tucson AHL team is a currently-unnamed professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which will begin play for the 2016–17 season. Based in Tucson, Arizona and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes, the team will play its home games at the Tucson Convention Center.

History

On April 19, 2016, the Arizona Coyotes announced that they had reached an agreement to purchase their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and would relocate the team to Tucson for the 2016–17 season.[1][2] Said purchase and relocation was contingent on three approvals; the first from Rio Nuevo (Tucson's downtown revitalization authority) to invest $3.2 million in arena upgrades to bring the Convention Center to professional-quality standards was approved on April 26,[3] the second from the AHL Board of Governors to conditionally approve the purchase and relocation of the Coyotes was approved on May 10,[4] and the third from the Tucson City Council for a 10-year lease with the Convention Center was approved on May 17.[5][6]

A name-the-team contest is currently in progress, continuing until May 31 with the winner announced at a later date.[7]

References

  1. "Coyotes Sign Agreement to Purchase Springfield Falcons AHL Franchise". Arizona Coyotes. April 19, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Chimelis, Ron (April 19, 2016). "Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts". MassLive.com. The Republican. Retrieved May 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Pallack, Becky (April 26, 2016). "Rio Nuevo will spend $3.2M to get arena ready for pro hockey". tucson.com. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "BOG conditionally approves Coyotes' purchase". TheAHL.com. American Hockey League. May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Pallack, Becky (May 17, 2016). "City Council approves deal with Coyotes for AHL hockey in Tucson". AZCentral.com. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. McLellan, Sarah (May 17, 2016). "Tucson City Council approves lease agreement for Arizona Coyotes' AHL team". AZCentral. Retrieved May 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Our AHL team is Coming to Tucson: Name the Team". Arizona Coyotes. May 17, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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