Phoenix Coyotes To Remain in the Desert: Hulsizer Strikes Sweet Deal

December 16th, 2010 by Mark Brown Leave a reply »
From the principal parties at the end, there appeared more a relief than desperation.

After all, here's the Phoenix Coyotes franchise which the NHL did not want to operate for another day, but the city of Glendale, Ariz. wanted desperately to keep in the desert. The on-going debate concerning the future of the Phoenix NHL franchise was protracted for nearly two years, but appeared to have come to a conclusion in the Glendale city council chambers Tuesday night.

The consequences for the city is enormous, Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs told a packed house during the December 14 council meeting. From an economic melt-down to a vacant arena, the city had no choice but to create favorable condition for a prospective buyer. If the council wanted to keep the Coyotes in the desert, then the city council had to broker a deal to keep hockey amid palm trees, coyotes and cacti.

At the end of a long and exhausting night, the city council took action to guarantee the Coyotes in Arizona for the next 30 years, and saved, had the Coyotes left, a shattered public image.

In the end of the nearly five hour meeting T ...

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