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Phoenix Coyotes to officially change name to Arizona

The Phoenix Coyotes are about to become the Arizona Coyotes, with the name change to coincide with the NHL draft on Friday when the team picks 12th overall.

Announcement will coincide with NHL draft

Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Keith Yandle, left, and teammate Shane Doan will be sporting different-looking jerseys next season as the team will officially become known as the Arizona Coyotes at Friday's NHL draft. There will be a new logo, lettering and shoulder patch. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes are about to become the Arizona Coyotes.

The name change will coincide with the NHL draft on Friday, when the Coyotes will pick 12th overall.

The franchise has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since it was relocated from Winnipeg in 1996, but the new ownership group wanted the name to be all-inclusive for the state of Arizona.

IceArizona purchased the team last summer after it had been operated by the NHL for four years.

The Coyotes' uniforms have a new shoulder patch and the lettering in the team logo will change for the 2014-15 season.

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