Now that all the red tape has been cut, pro hockey is returning to Tucson.
The Arizona Coyotes announced in a Thursday press conference that the club is bringing a minor-league American Hockey League franchise to Tucson next season.
The team will play at the Tucson Convention Center starting in October.
"We are absolutely thrilled to relocate our AHL team to Tucson," said Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "The Coyotes were part of the initial discussion to form a Pacific Division in the AHL but we were unable to secure a franchise prior to last season. We are extremely excited and proud to bring AHL hockey to a first class city like Tucson. This further proves that the Coyotes ownership group is committed to Arizona and to growing the Coyotes brand and the great game of hockey in our state."