The Times podcast: Coyotes go urban; humans freak out; the city of Angels finds a home at the airport
The Coyotes go Urban: The Coyotes have been the toast of the NHL for a decade. They are more successful than the Maple Leafs without a city to support them. And they’ve added more than $400 million since the start of the 2000-01 season. This week, we talk about the Coyotes’ rise, their success, and the team’s future. Then, I hear from one of the first Coyotes season ticket holders in the new arena. We hear about one of the greatest hockey stories of all time. And then, in what seems like it’s forever, we hear about the city of Angels.
I always thought I would be a hockey fan. I was born in Calgary, grew up watching the Flames, Oilers, and the Calgary Stampeders, I spent 15 years living in Edmonton, and I worked for the Maple Leafs and the Oilers. I’m not sure how much of my affinity for the sport I’ve developed from hockey, but I’ve been attending games for as long as I can remember and that was in the early 1980s.
By the 1990s, I went to my first Coyotes practice and was immediately enthralled. I caught tickets for a couple of games after my first year of college and started to attend games whenever I could, in the intervening years, with the Coyotes being the team to watch and having been a season ticket holder since day one.
A decade later, I moved back to my hometown of Calgary and joined my friends and family at games. It’s just been a great experience for me, the opportunity to be involved in something that I started with a passion. It’s been great to get to this point, where I’m able to talk to so many of you about who these guys are and their journey.
That began with a fan, who I interviewed in late January. I was at the Calgary Foothills Credit Union Community Centre and one of the people who had taken the time to come down to the meeting with me was a Coyotes