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Coyotes Unveil Pacific Division Champions Banner

Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 8:09 PM / Features
By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- Moments before they played their first home game of the 2012-13 season, the Coyotes punctuated their historic 2011-12 season by unveiling their Pacific Division Champions banner inside Jobing.com Arena.

Photo by Norm Hall.

The fans who witnessed the unveiling stood, cheered and howled while the players watched from the ice.

The banner was unveiled in the north end of the arena, high above the playing surface.

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett thinks it's nice to celebrate last season’s accomplishments, but noted that a division title is just part of the journey to winning the ultimate prize – The Stanley Cup.

“It’s great that the organization can do that, but it’s a first step,” Tippett said. “Hopefully, we continue to build off that.”

The Coyotes captured their first division title in 33 years last season by defeating the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, at the Xcel Energy Center on April 7. It was the team’s fifth consecutive win to end the regular season.

“What I liked the most about it is we didn’t go into the playoffs through the back door,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said at the time. “We kicked the door down. We won the division on our own right with a combination of great goaltending and great coaching and everybody contributing. That pleases me as much as anything. We grabbed a hold of the challenge and jumped ahead of some very good teams to win the division.”

The Coyotes eventually reached the Western Conference final but lost to Los Angeles in five games.

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