This Arizona Coyotes season has been disappointing, to say the least. Arizona is 30th in the league after many (author included) expected this team to be competitive in the Western Conference playoff race. There is plenty to criticize and question about what has gone wrong this year, and how the team needs to address those problems.
But today, on Thanksgiving Day in America, we would like to take a moment to express what we are grateful for as Arizona Coyotes fans, and fans of Arizona hockey in general.
So here are some of what we are grateful for this year, and we invite you to tell us what you are grateful for in the comments section.
- We are thankful for the 20+ seasons that Shane Doan has devoted to Phoenix, through both his on-ice loyalty and his commitment to the community off the ice.
- We are thankful for the Killer Ds, who went from the solitary pair of Max Domi and Anthony Duclair to a full pack of Domi, Duclair, Laurent Dauphin, Christian Dvorak, and Anthony DeAngelo. Hopefully John Chayka can find some more “D” named prospects in the 2017 NHL Draft.
- We are thankful to watch the best seasons of Swedish defenseman - and part-time Harry Potter impersonator - Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
- We are thankful for the continued growth of hockey in the desert, especially with the NHL’s expansion to Las Vegas with the Golden Knights. We look forward to many fun and exciting games in what will hopefully blossom into a full-fledged rivalry. (Perhaps in the future we’ll know it as the I-11 rivalry?)
- We are thankful for IceArizona’s dedication to the Arizona market, and we hope the ownership group can find a way to turn an ambitious project in Tempe into reality.
- We are thankful for Ray Anderson and his belief in the future of Arizona State University hockey by taking the plunge and elevating the Sun Devils to NCAA Division I status.
- We are thankful to Rio Nuevo and the Tucson Convention Center for providing a terrific venue for the University of Arizona’s ACHA hockey team, and now the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL.
- We are thankful for the professionals at the Banner University Medical Center in Tucson for their tireless efforts to treat Craig Cunningham. We believe #CunnyCan and we continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to Cunningham, his family, and his caregivers.
- Lastly, we are thankful to all of you - the Arizona Coyotes fan community - for coming to our little corner of the Internet. Even when we disagree (sometimes fiercely), this site would not be possible without all of you.
Thank you for your continued patronage of our site and the SB Nation network. We wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, wherever you are.