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2008  (PRESENT)
2008, June 20 – Olli Jokinen is acquired from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and a 2nd round draft pick.

2008, Apr. 3 – Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, makes his Coyotes debut.

2008, Mar. 1 – Shane Doan scores his 20th goal of the season, giving him eight consecutive 20-goal seasons.

2008, Feb. 18 – Wayne Gretzky records his 100th career win as head coach of the Coyotes with a 4-0 win over Los Angeles.

2008, Jan. 23 – Ilya Bryzgalov signs a three-year contract with the Coyotes.

2007, Nov. 17 – Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and posts a 1-0 shutout over the Los Angeles Kings in his Coyotes debut the very same day.

2007, Sep. 15 – Coyotes unveil their redesigned, RBK Edge uniforms.

2007, Aug. 11 – Radim Vrbata is acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kevyn Adams.

2007, July 18 – Brad Treliving signs multi-year contract to become assistant general manager.

2007, May 29 – Don Maloney becomes the 7th general manager in franchise history.

2007, Apr. 11 – Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Cliff Fletcher, General Manager Michael Barnett and Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman are relieved of duties.

2007, Apr. 10 – Associate coach Barry Smith resigns to accept head coaching/director of hockey operations position with SKA St. Petersburg.

2007, Apr. 5 –  Former Winnipeg Jet Dale Hawerchuk and his retired No. 10 officially join Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99, Bobby Hull’s No. 9 and Thomas Steen’s No. 25 in the Coyotes Ring of Honor in a ceremony at Glendale Arena. 

2007, Feb. 15 – In his 11th season with the franchise, captain Shane Doan signs a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes.  Doan ranks in the top five in franchise history in goals, assists, and games played.

2007, Feb. 12 – Ladislav Nagy is traded to Dallas for Mathias Tjarnqvist and 1st round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.

2007, Jan. 4 – Curtis Joseph makes 29 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes to garner his 438th career victory and surpass Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list.


2006, Oct. 5 – Coyotes kick off “Decade in the Desert” season with 6-3 win over New York Islanders at Glendale Arena.  Steven Reinprecht posts career-high five points with a goal and four assists in the victory.

2006, May 31
– Wayne Gretzky signs a 5-year contract extension to remain as head coach of the Coyotes through the 2010-11 season.

2006, Apr. 13 -- Jerry Moyes and Steve Ellman announce an agreement for Moyes to assume majority ownership control of the Phoenix Coyotes, Glendale Arena and Arizona Sting (NLL) while Ellman assumes majority ownership control of the Westgate City Center development.  Wayne Gretzky retains his ownership interest in both ventures.  Jeff Shumway is named chief executive officer for the Coyotes.

2006, Apr. 8 – Geoff Sanderson plays in his 1,000th NHL game vs. Dallas.

2006, Jan. 21 -- Former Winnipeg Jet Thomas Steen and his retired No. 25 officially join Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 and Bobby Hull’s No. 9 in the Coyotes Ring of Honor in a ceremony at Glendale Arena.  Steen, who played his entire 14-year NHL career with the Jets, is in attendance.


2005, Nov. 8 – Yanick Lehoux scores a goal on his first NHL shift just 65 seconds into his NHL debut.  The goal is the fastest goal ever by a Coyotes/Jets player making his NHL debut.

2005, Oct. 27 – Curtis Joseph earns his 400th NHL victory in a 3-2 win over Calgary.

2005, Oct. 15 – Brett Hull announces his retirement after 19 NHL seasons.  A future Hockey Hall of Famer, Hull leaves as the NHL’s active goal-scoring leader with an amazing 741 goals, which also ranks third on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list (trailing only Wayne Gretzky’s 894 and Gordie Howe’s 801). 

2005, Oct. 8 – In a ceremony at Glendale Arena, the team unveils the Coyotes Ring of Honor with Wayne Gretzky (No. 99) and Bobby Hull (No. 9) as the initial members.

2005, Oct. 8 – Wayne Gretzky earns his first win as an NHL head coach as the Coyotes defeat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in the club’s home opener.

2005, Oct. 5 – Wayne Gretzky makes his regular season coaching debut as the Coyotes lose 3-2 at Vancouver.

2005, Aug. 8 - In the biggest announcement in franchise history, Wayne Gretzky is named head coach of theCoyotes. Gretzky, who becomes a head coach for the first time, continues in his role as managing partner in addition to his coaching duties. On the same day, he names Barry Smith, Rick Bowness and Rick Tocchet as his associate coaches.


2004, Nov. 18 - The Coyotes stage the first-ever “99 Hours of Hockey” event at Glendale Arena. Over 12,000 fans come out to watch a total of 55 hockey games including youth, high school, adult and university teams during the week-long event.

2004, Aug. 10 - The Coyotes temporarily un-retire No. 9 - which was retired by the franchise in honor of Hall of Famer Bobby Hull - so that Bobby Hull’s son Brett Hull can wear No. 9 as a Coyote.

2004, Aug. 6 - Brett Hull, the NHL’s third all-time leading goal scorer, signs as a free agent.

2004, Apr. 29 - The Coyotes hold their first-ever Town Hall meeting for season ticket holders at Glendale Arena. Team executives Steve Ellman, Wayne Gretzky, Doug Moss, Cliff Fletcher and Mike Barnett answer questions for three and a half hours.

2004, Apr. 3 - During the first intermission of Fan Appreciation Day, the NHL announces that the Coyotes and Glendale Arena have been selected to host NHL All-Star Weekend in 2006. The 2006 NHL All-Star Game will be played at Glendale Arena on Jan. 29, 2006.

2004, Feb. 24 - Bob Francis is relieved of his duties as head coach of the Coyotes. Rick Bowness takes over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

2004, Feb. 9 - Sean Burke is traded to Philadelphia along with Branko Radivojevic and the rights to Ben Eager in exchange for Mike Comrie.

2004, Jan. 9 - Brian Boucher sets an NHL modern-era record with his fifth consecutive shutout, making 21 saves in a 2-0 win at Minnesota. Boucher also eclipsed another NHL modern-era record in the same game when he surpassed Bill Durnan’s shutout sequence of 309:21 (set in 1948-49). Boucher’s shutout sequence would finish at 332:01 when he allowed a goal at 6:16 of the 1st period against Atlanta on Jan. 11.


2003, Dec. 31 - The Coyotes notch their first-ever victory at Glendale Arena with a 4-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Kings.

2003, Dec. 27 - After seven and a half seasons in the Valley, the Coyotes finally open their very own arena in Glendale. Before a “standing room only” crowd of 19,052 at Glendale Arena, the Coyotes lose to the Nashville Predators, 3-1.

2003, Sept. 3 - In a ceremony held at the Arizona Mills Mall, the Coyotes unveil their new logo and uniforms. Team owners Steve Ellman, Jerry Moyes and Wayne Gretzky along with several players are on hand for the announcement.

2003, July 22 - Teppo Numminen is traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Mike Sillinger and a conditional draft choice. Numminen, who had played his entire 15-year NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes/ Winnipeg Jets organization, leaves the Coyotes as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (1,098) as well as defenseman goals (108), assists (426) and points (534).

2003, Apr. 7 – The Coyotes hold a “topping off” ceremony at the new Glendale Arena, marking the completion of vertical construction of the arena.

2003, Mar. 6 – Paul Ranheim plays in his 1,000th NHL game at St. Louis.

2003, Feb. 17 – Jerry Moyes and Steve Ellman agree to contribute 100% of their respective ownership interest in both the Coyotes and the new 223-acre arena development project in Glendale to their new company, Coyotes Holdings, LLC. Moyes will own 60% and Ellman 40%. Moyes and Ellman will serve as co-chief executive officers, with Ellman continuing to serve as chairman and governor of the Coyotes.

2003, Jan. 8 – Zac Bierk and Chicago’s Michael Leighton become the first goaltenders in NHL history to both earn their first NHL career shutouts in the same game as the teams played to a 0-0 tie. In the game, Bierk makes 40 saves in his first start as a Coyote.

2002, Dec. 26 – Former Head Coach Bob Francis becomes the franchise leader for the most games coached at Los Angeles as he surpassed John Paddock’s record of 281.

2002, Dec. 10 – Douglas Moss is named President and Chief Operating Officer.

2002, Nov. 21 – Former play-by-play commentator Curt Keilback calls his 2,000th NHL game, all with the Coyotes /Jets organization, as the Coyotes play against Florida.

2002, June 20 – Former Head Coach Bob Francis wins the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. His father Emile Francis twice won the Coach of the Year award, making them the first father-son coaching tandem in NHL history to win the award.

2002, Apr. 12 – Coyotes clinch a berth in the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs with a completely re-tooled roster. Gone from the previous season are several NHL veterans including former All-Stars Nikolai Khabibulin, Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy Roenick.

2002, Apr. 3 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Coyotes new arena in Glendale is held at the intersection of the Loop 101 & Glendale Avenue. Team owners Steve Ellman, Jerry Moyes and Wayne Gretzky participate in the ceremony along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, the Glendale City Council and Coyotes’ players and staff.

2002, Apr. 1 – For the second time in two seasons, goaltender Sean Burke earns the NHL’s Player of the Month award. He posts a 9-1-0 record, 1.70 goals against average and .940 save percentage in the month of March.

2002, Mar. 3 – Teppo Numminen plays in his 1,000th NHL game vs Columbus. He becomes the first player in franchise history to play in 1,000 Coyotes/Jets games.


2001, Nov. 27 – The Glendale City Council unanimously approves the final development agreement that paves the way for construction of the Coyotes’ new state-of-the-art arena as part of a 223-acre, mixed-use project near Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue. The entire project, which will be developed by The Ellman Companies, will consist of up to six million square feet of retail, entertainment, dining, office and residential development.

2001, Oct. 18 – Teppo Numminen plays in his 951st game with the franchise. He becomes the franchise’s all-time games played leader, surpassing Thomas Steen’s 950.

2001, Aug. 28 – Michael Barnett is named General Manager. Cliff Fletcher ascends to the role of Senior Executive Vice President of hockey operations.

2001, Apr. 11 – Unable to come to an agreement with the City of Scottsdale for a new arena at Los Arcos, the Coyotes turn to the City of Glendale. The Glendale City Council votes to approve a new arena for the Coyotes at the intersection of the 101 Freeway and Glendale Avenue.

2001, Mar. 13 – Keith Tkachuk is traded to St. Louis for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe and a 1st round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.

2001, Mar. 5 – Nikolai Khabibulin is traded to Tampa Bay with Stan Neckar for Paul Mara, Mike Johnson, Ruslan Zainullin and a 2nd round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

2001, Feb. 23 - Jeremy Roenick scores his 400th NHL career goal at Buffalo, becoming only the 3rd U.S.-born player in NHL history to score 400 goals.

2001, Feb. 21 – The Coyotes officially welcome Wayne Gretzky to the organization with the “Welcome Wayne White Out” – the first-ever regular season White Out.

2001, Feb. 17 - Cliff Fletcher becomes Executive Vice President & General Manger..

2001, Feb. 15 – The sale of the Coyotes is finalized as the new ownership group led by Steve Ellman, Wayne Gretzky and Jerry Moyes purchase the team from former owner Richard Burke.

2000, Dec. 28 – The NHL announces the completion date of the sale of the Coyotes is extended to Feb. 15 by mutual agreement of the parties involved.

2000, Dec. 11 – The NHL’s Board of Governors votes unanimously to approve the purchase of the Coyotes by the ownership group headed by Steve Ellman and Wayne Gretzky pending the closing of the transaction.

2000, Nov. 15 – Former Coyote Brad May receives a 20-game suspension by the NHL for a slashing incident at Columbus on Nov. 11. The suspension is one of the longest in NHL history.

2000, Nov. 1 - Former goaltender Sean Burke earns the NHL Player of the Month for October. He posts a 7-1-1 record, 1.54 goals against average and .950 save percentage, helping the Coyotes to their best start in franchise history.

2000, June 2 - Wayne Gretzky is introduced to the Arizona public at a national media gala held at the Scottsdale Princess. Steve Ellman announces he will accept the position of chairman of Los Arcos Sports, LLC. It is also announced that Gretzky will be the managing partner in charge of hockey operations and Shawn Hunter will be the president.

2000, May 26 - Developer Steve Ellman makes $10 million deposit to begin the purchase of team and announces Wayne Gretzky (the NHL’s all-time greatest player) will join the new Coyotes ownership group.

1999, Oct. 26 - Rick Tocchet plays in his 1,000th NHL game at Edmonton.

1999, Sept. 27 - The Coyotes host their first ever Cool Coyotes Field Trip when they play the San Jose Sharks in a preseason game. Over 16,000 elementary school students got to watch a free hockey game at America West Arena as part their educational curriculum. The event is the largest kids event ever undertaken by the Coyotes.

1999, June 16 - Bob Francis named head coach of the Coyotes in a press conference at the Scottsdale Princess.

1999, Feb. 3 - The Coyotes unveil their new alternate or “third” jersey at Alice Cooper’stown in Phoenix. The team wore the new uniforms 10 times during the remainder of the regular season.

1999, Jan. 28 - Rick Tocchet scores his 400th NHL career goal, becoming the 52nd player in NHL history to reach this milestone.

1999, Jan. 24 - For the first time in franchise history, four players represent the team at the NHL All-Star Game. Nikolai Khabibulin, Teppo Numminen, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk all play in the game at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida. Numminen was named as a starter for the World team. In addition, head coach Jim Schoenfeld served as an assistant coach for the North American team.

1998, June 5 - The grand opening of the Cellular One Ice Den is held, as the Coyotes new north Scottsdale practice facility becomes available for public use. B.G. Ice, Inc. is created to handle the team’s ventures into the ice facility business.


1997, Dec. 14 - Right wing Mike Gartner scores his 700th career NHL goal, becoming only the 5th player in NHL history to reach this milestone. Only Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Marcel Dionne, and Phil Esposito shared this accomplishment with Gartner.

1997, June 9 - Jim Schoenfeld named head coach of the Coyotes in a press conference at America West Arena.

1997, Apr. 20 - The Coyotes play the first ever NHL playoff game in Phoenix. After a marketing campaign that popularized the phrase “It’s not hockey...it’s playoff hockey,” thousands of fans come dressed in white as the “White Out” hits the desert for the first time. The team wins their first home playoff game as the Coyotes, defeating Anaheim 4-1.

1997, Apr. 16 - The team begins its first playoff series as the Phoenix Coyotes, taking on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals.

1997, Apr. 11 - Keith Tkachuk scores his 52nd goal of the season to finish the 1996-97 campaign as the NHL's top goal scorer.

1997, Apr. 6 - Keith Tkachuk scores his 50th goal for the second consecutive season to become the first player in franchise history to record more than one 50-goal season.

1996, Dec. 11 - Bobby Smith assumes the position of general manager.

1996, Oct. 10 - In their home debut, the Coyotes defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in front of a sold out (16,210) America West Arena.

1996, Oct. 7 - The team wins its first game as the Coyotes, a 5-2 victory over the Bruins at the FleetCenter in Boston. Mike Gartner scores the first goal in Coyotes history and later records a hat trick in the game.

1996, Oct. 5 - The team plays its first regular season game as the Phoenix Coyotes, but is defeated 1-0 in Hartford by the Whalers in the 1996-97 season opener.

1996, Sept. 15 - The Coyotes play their first-ever preseason game, a 4-2 loss at Edmonton.

1996, Aug. 26 - The Coyotes unveil their new uniforms at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix. Rock legend Alice Cooper and Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza are in attendance.

1996, Aug. 16 - The Coyotes trade Alexei Zhamnov, Craig Mills and a 1st round pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft to Chicago for center Jeremy Roenick.

1996, July 1 - Don Hay named as the Coyotes’ first head coach.

1996, July 1 - The first day of business operations for the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club.

WINNIPEG JETS (1979-1996)

1996, June 19 - Kris King receives the King Clancy award -- presented to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community” -- for the 1995-96 season.

1996, May 21 - Bobby Smith named as Executive Vice President of hockey operations for the team as they prepare to begin their tenure in Phoenix.

1996, Apr. 28 - The team plays their final game as the Winnipeg Jets, losing to Detroit in Game 6 of their playoff series at a sold-out Winnipeg Arena.

1996, Apr. 14 - The Jets play their final regular season game, a 5-2 loss at Anaheim.

1996, Apr. 12 - Keith Tkachuk scores his 50th goal of the 1995-96 season in the final regular season home game in Jets history, a 5-3 win vs the Los Angeles Kings.

1996, Apr. 8 - The newly purchased franchise officially unveils its logo and name in a press conference in Phoenix. After a successful name-the-team contest, management chose the name "Phoenix Coyotes" for the franchise.

1996, Feb. 7 - Teemu Selanne is traded to Anaheim with Marc Chouinard and a 4th round pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft for Oleg Tverdovsky, Chad Kilger, and a 3rd round pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.|

1995, Dec. 19 - The Winnipeg Jets ownership announces in a press conference that the new home of the franchise will be Phoenix, AZ.

1995, Aug. 15 - The franchise announces that the 1995-96 season will be the final year for the Jets in Winnipeg since the team cannot be moved prior to 1995-96.

1995, Aug. 14 - The Spirit of Manitoba announces that they were unable to raise the required capital to proceed with the purchase of the Winnipeg Jets. The organization promptly disbands.

1995, Aug. 10 - Winnipeg City Council votes (10-6) to accept Spirit of Manitoba’s business plan, overturning the results of the previous vote on July 26.

1995, July 26 - Winnipeg City Council votes to deny charitable tax status on donations to the endowment fund to cover the purchase of the team and operating costs of a new arena, creating a major hurdle in the Spirit of Manitoba's attempt to raise money for the endowment fund.

1995, June 20 - Terry Simpson is officially named head coach of the Jets.

1995, June 16 - After weeks of tense negotiations, the Jets' ownership group agrees to sell its shares of the team to the Spirit of Manitoba group (formerly known as MEC) pending conditions which must be met before August 15, 1995.

1995, May 21 - The Jets' ownership group announce that the Jets will remain in Winnipeg with details of the plan to expand the current ownership group to be finalized and announced in the near future.

1995, May 19 - The Jets announce that local buyers have missed the deadline to purchase the team and keep it in Winnipeg. The team will be purchased as per "agreement in principle" with Minneapolis investors and moved to Minneapolis.

1995, May 17 - Over 2,500 people attend a "Hockey Social" at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and raise in excess of $250,000 for Operation Grassroots.

1995, May 16 - Over 35,000 people attend a rally at The Forks to raise money for Operation Grassroots in the largest gathering of people at a rally in Winnipeg in 50 years. Approximately $250,000 is raised at this rally from the citizens of Winnipeg.

1995, May 9 - Operation Grassroots begins an effort to persuade government and local buyers to construct a new arena and keep the Jets in Winnipeg.

1995, May 6 - The Winnipeg Jets retire the team logo and Thomas Steen's jersey No. 25 in a ceremony at the Winnipeg Arena.

1995, May 3 - Local investors known as the MEC (Manitoba Entertainment Complex) announce that they will not exercise their option to purchase the Jets and keep the team in Winnipeg.

1995, Apr. 5 - Terry Simpson is named as the interim Head Coach.

1991 - 1994
1994, June 3 - John Paddock is officially named General Manager.

1994, Jan. 19 - John Paddock named as interim General Manager.

1992, June - Teemu Selanne wins the Calder Trophy as the NHL's outstanding rookie in 1992-93.

1992, Apr. - Teemu Selanne shatters NHL record for goals and points in a rookie season with 76 goals and 132 points (surpassing Mike Bossy’s 53 goals and Peter Stastny’s 109 points).

1992, Jan. 10 - Randy Carlyle plays in his 1,000th NHL game vs Chicago.

1991, June 17 - John Paddock is named Head Coach.

1979 - 1990
1990, June 16 - Jets draft left wing Keith Tkachuk (1st choice - 19th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

1989, May 25 - Bob Murdoch is named Head Coach.

1989, Feb. 19 – The Jets retire Bobby Hull’s No. 9 jersey in a ceremony at the Winnipeg Arena.

1989, Feb. 7 - Rick Bowness is named Head Coach.

1988, Dec. 3 - Mike Smith is named as Jets' general manager.

1988, June 11 - Jets draft right wing Teemu Selanne (1st choice - 10th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

1987, Apr. 16 - The Jets advance to the second round of playoffs for the second time by defeating Calgary (4-2).

1986, June 20 - Dan Maloney is named Head Coach.

1986, Mar. 4 - John Ferguson is named Head Coach.

1985, Apr. 14 - For the first time since joining the NHL, the Jets advance to the second round of the playoffs by defeating the Calgary Flames (3-1).

1983, Nov. 22 - Barry Long is named Head Coach of the Jets.

1982, June - Dale Hawerchuk wins the Calder Trophy as the NHL's outstanding rookie for the 1981-82 season.

1982, Apr. 8 - The Jets win their first-ever NHL playoff game, defeating St. Louis 5-2 at the Winnipeg Arena.

1982, Apr. 7 - The Jets play their first NHL playoff game, losing a 4-3 decision to the St. Louis Blues at the Winnipeg Arena (lost the series 3-1)

1981, Aug. 13 - The Jets sign Dale Hawerchuk, the first player drafted in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, to his first professional contract at a ceremony at Portage and Main.

1981, May 14 - Tom Watt is named Head Coach of the Jets.

1981, Feb. 16 - Mike Smith takes over duties behind the Jets’ bench.

1980, Dec. 10 - Bill Sutherland becomes head coach of the Jets, replacing Tom McVie (the NHL club’s first head coach).

1979, Oct. 10 - The Winnipeg Jets play their first NHL game, a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh.

1979, Sept. 17 - The Jets open their first preseason training camp in the NHL.

1979, Aug. 9 - The Jets participate in their first NHL Entry Draft, using their first selection to draft right winger Jimmy Mann (19th overall). Center Thomas Steen is also drafted on this day (5th choice - 103rd overall).

1979, June 22 - The Winnipeg Jets, newly purchased by Winnipeg lawyer Barry Shenkarow and businessman Michael Gobuty, are granted admission into the National Hockey League. The Jets franchise had spent the previous eight years in the World Hockey Association (WHA), winning three AVCO Cup championships. The Jets gained admittance to the WHA on Nov. 1, 1971 and finished as the WHA’s final champions on May 20, 1979. Bobby Hull stars for the Jets during the club’s WHA tenure, scoring 303 goals and 638 points in 411 games.

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