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The National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes used this logo until 2003. Now, according to this report, the team has lost $20 million or more in each of its last three seasons.

To summarize: The team abandons the coolest logo in all of professional sports, then goes into the financial toilet. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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theoldsport
Jul. 30th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Ugh. They also played in an arena designed for basketball. People in the nosebleeds couldn't see half the ice.

Despite the cool logo, the franchise should've never moved from Winnipeg.

The report fails to mention how much money Gretzky's wife lost on the team, too...
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 30th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
I miss the Quebec Nordiques—and their coach Michel Bergeron—more than I miss the Jets.
thenightfly5150
Jul. 30th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I fully support the Coyotes moving to Hartford.
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 30th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
They'll move eventually. I don't think they're viable in Phoenix.
gintanni883
Jul. 31st, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
agreed. Jets, Nordiques, Whalers, North Stars should still be common vocab as current NHL teams. though we are moving 90 minutes away from Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes, i really wanna believe they are a rabid hockey city, doubt it, for the game's sake, i hope Raleigh NC proves me wrong, but in short, many of these teams should have never been uprooted. NHL expanded too quick and too many teams and arguably, the Great One getting shipped off to LA in '88 was the single biggest tragedy in the sport, opening the doors to west coast expansion in weak markets
patrick_vecchio
Jul. 31st, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Nordiques-Canadiens was a pretty good rivalry back in the day. Whalers-Bruins used to heat it up too.

I covered the Sabres for a season (1979-80, I think) and was in the pack of reporters interviewing Glen Sonmor, coach of the Minnesota North Stars, after a game. One by one the other reporters drifted away, but he talked to another reporter and me for at least 20 minutes after everyone else had gone. Hockey people are the best.
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