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Tucson Roadrunners
City: Tucson, Arizona
League: American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Pacific Division
Founded: 1994
Home Arena: Tucson Convention Center
Colors: Brick red, desert sand, black, white
Owner(s): IceArizona, LLC
Andrew Barroway
General Manager: Doug Soetaert
Head Coach: Mark Lamb
Affiliates: Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–2016: Springfield Falcons
2016–present: Tucson Roadrunners

The Tucson Roadrunners is a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which will begin play for the 2016–17 season. Based in Tucson, Arizona and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes, the team will play its home games at the Tucson Convention Center.


On April 19, 2016, the Arizona Coyotes announced that they had reached an agreement to purchase their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and would relocate the team to Tucson for the 2016–17 season.[1][2] Said purchase and relocation was contingent on three approvals; the first from Rio Nuevo (Tucson's downtown revitalization authority) to invest $3.2 million in arena upgrades to bring the Convention Center to professional-quality standards was approved on April 26,[3] the second from the AHL Board of Governors to conditionally approve the purchase and relocation of the Coyotes was approved on May 10,[4] and the third from the Tucson City Council for a 10-year lease with the Convention Center was approved on May 17.[5][6]

A name-the-team contest was held between May 17 until May 31.[7] The hockey club's new name and logo were revealed on June 18 during the Tucson Convention Center's open house event.[8] The chosen name, Roadrunners, pays homage to the Phoenix Roadrunners, a team name used for various Arizona professional league hockey teams since the 1960s, and creates a play on words with its parent club the Coyotes (a reference to the classic cartoon duo of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner).


  1. Coyotes Sign Agreement to Purchase Springfield Falcons AHL Franchise. Arizona Coyotes (April 19, 2016). Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  2. Chimelis, Ron (April 19, 2016). Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts. The Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts). Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  3. Pallack, Becky (April 26, 2016). Rio Nuevo will spend $3.2M to get arena ready for pro hockey. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  4. BOG conditionally approves Coyotes' purchase. American Hockey League (May 10, 2016). Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  5. Pallack, Becky (May 17, 2016). City Council approves deal with Coyotes for AHL hockey in Tucson. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  6. McLellan, Sarah (May 17, 2016). Tucson City Council approves lease agreement for Arizona Coyotes' AHL team. AZCentral. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  7. Our AHL team is Coming to Tucson: Name the Team. Arizona Coyotes (May 17, 2016). Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  8. Coyotes to Unveil New Name & Logo for AHL Affiliate in Tucson at Open House Event at TCC on June 18. Arizona Coyotes (June 1, 2016). Retrieved on June 8, 2016.

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