PHOENIX COYOTES - NHL HOCKEY FRANCHISE
Credited with keeping the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona, in February 2001, the ownership group led by Steve Ellman, Jerry Moyes and NHL Hall–of–Famer Wayne Gretzky purchased the Coyotes Franchise. The group received approval from the City of Glendale in April 2001 to build a new, state–of–the–art arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Ellman served as Chairman, Governor and Managing Partner of the Phoenix Coyotes NHL Franchise from 2001 to 2006. Under Ellman’s leadership, the team made franchise history when Wayne Gretzky was named Coyotes head coach.
From 2006 to 2010, Ellman assumed majority ownership control of Westgate City Center™, Ellman’s 223–acre, $2 billion, mixed–use, flagship development, while Moyes assumed majority ownership in the Phoenix Coyotes NHL Franchise, Glendale Arena and the Arizona Sting National Lacrosse League Franchise.