The Coyotes’ new ownership group said last week it has no plans to relocate and is committed to succeeding in Phoenix.
But considering the Coyotes have finished next-to-last or last in the league in attendance four years running (13,923 in 2012-13), don’t think the Canada-born owners haven’t considered some alternatives to the Valley.
Here are a dozen teams/programs that drew well last season and might be fertile areas for NHL relocation:
(Team/school listed with league and its 2012-13 attendance average)
University of North Dakota; NCHC; 11,345
Quebec Remparts; QMJHL; 11,345
Hershey Bears; AHL; 10,046
University of Minnesota; Big Ten; 9,950
University of Wisconsin; Big Ten; 9,521
London Knights; OHL; 8,991
Halifax Mooseheads; QMJHL; 8,686
Providence Bruins; AHL; 8,188
Fort Wayne Komets; ECHL; 7,583
Ontario Reign; ECHL; 7,575
University of Nebraska Omaha; NCHC; 7,233
Kitchener Rangers; OHL; 7,212