In an ongoing soap opera in the middle of the desert, another twist took place on Tuesday when the Arizona Coyotes announced they will play at least one more season at Gila River Arena.
"We are absolutely planning to play next season at Gila River Arena and are focused on building a winning hockey team, positively contributing to our community, and achieving success in all aspects of our business," said Ahron Cohen, the Coyotes' chief operating officer told The Arizona Republic.
Nine months ago, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had once again threatened to move the team unless it got a new arena. This all came at a time when fans feared a potential move to Seattle or Houston — cities currently seeking an NHL team.
The Coyotes had until Dec. 31 to notify AEG, the arena manager, whether the team plans to play elsewhere for the 2018-19 season. AEG general manager Dale Adams mentioned that he never got the impression the Coyotes were on their way out.
"I don't know where they would go," Adams said.
Merry Christmas early to Coyotes fans!