FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
GLENDALE ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has entered into a new and exciting partnership agreement with Coyotes Ice, LLC which owns and operates Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler. As part of the multi-year agreement, Ice Den Scottsdale will serve as the “official” practice facility of the Coyotes. Additionally, the new agreement includes marketing and event-related initiatives that will positively impact and grow the grassroots core of fans that the Coyotes have worked to establish and cultivate over the past 20 years in the Valley.
“We are extremely pleased to continue our great partnership with the Ice Den,” said Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. “For the past 20 years, the Coyotes and the Ice Den have done an exceptional job of growing the game of hockey in Arizona. This strong partnership will allow us to continue to work together to promote and cultivate our great sport.”
The Ice Den Scottsdale, has consistently been ranked as one of the Top 10 skating facilities in the United States by USA Today. Among its many attributes is the fact that it houses the single largest adult and youth hockey programs in the State. In addition, the facility has one of the largest Learn to Skate programs in the country. In 2014, the Ice Den expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Ice Den Chandler. Following a more than $5-million-dollar renovation, which brought that facility up to NHL standards, Coyotes Ice now operates a total of five sheets of ice in the Valley.
Over the past twenty years, the Ice Den has proudly represented the Coyotes by wearing the team’s logo and colors. The Jr. Coyotes Elite players represent the local NHL team internationally in the most positive fashion. The program has sent more than 40 players on to the USHL, Canadian Major Junior hockey, Canadian Tier II Junior, as well as the North American Hockey League. Erik Middendorf, a former star with the Junior Coyotes Elite AAA program will soon play for the USA Hockey National Development Team Program (the same program that Arizona native Auston Matthews once played for). That level of excellence would not have been reached without a partnership focused on excellence. Former Coyotes players like Ray Whitney, Tyson Nash, Daymond Langkow, Derek Morris and Steve Sullivan, as well as numerous retired NHL players and top level minor pros, have all invested their time and experience to help this program succeed.
“We have been the proud ambassador of the Coyotes brand since 1998 and it is an honor we don’t take for granted,” said Coyotes Ice President, Michael O’Hearn. “Having gained the organization’s trust and respect over that time, we see this next step in the process as a natural evolution. With so many young, talented players, the Coyotes have an extremely bright future. We see our responsibility to further the growth of future hockey stars and fans through our Learn to Skate, pre-hockey and youth hockey development programs, which positively impact the youth of Arizona.”
In addition to being “home” to the Coyotes for game day practices, Ice Den Scottsdale and Ice Den Chandler will also host six Coyotes viewing parties throughout the 2016-17 NHL season. Game dates and locations will be announced in the future.