The future home of the Arizona Coyotes is in jeopardy after voters rejected a deal to build a new arena in Tempe, Arizona.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said the team was very welcome in his state.
“This is a great hockey state and a great hockey town,” Lamont told reporters Friday. “That is evidenced by the passion we have had for the Whalers over the years and they are still one of our best-selling jerseys.
“I think we can guarantee them a very strong market here and a government that is ready to partner with them.”
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Lamont told reporters he has already been in talks with the NHL and plans to meet with league commissioner Gary Bettman.
Connecticut was home to an NHL team from 1979 to 1997, before the Hartford Whalers moved to the Carolina and became the Hurricanes. The state’s only professional sports team is the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes recently tweeted that he was disappointed the team moved to Kansas City.
“KC Coyote sounds good! @NHL, what do you guys think? @tmobilecenter,” Mahomes wrote.
After playing the last 20 seasons at what is now Desert Diamond Arena, the Coyotes have played this season at the 5,000-seat Mallet Arena on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The team will remain at the ASU Arena for the 2023-24 season.
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Markets like AtlantaHouston, Salt Lake City, and Quebec City are all listed as potential coyote landing sites.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.