Magazine June 11, 2012, Issue

Taxpayers Take the Puck

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (32) watches the puck in the second period against Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Min., Nov 27, 2018. (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)
A think tank defends them from the NHL

The Phoenix Coyotes are having the best season of their short history. In April, they finished atop the National Hockey League’s Pacific Division. In the postseason, they beat the Chicago Blackhawks in six games and the Nashville Predators in five. Never before had the Coyotes advanced past the first round of the playoffs. At press time, they were skating in the Western Conference championship against the Los Angeles Kings, fighting for a berth in the Stanley Cup finals.

Yet the Coyotes soon could lose something much more important than a game or even a playoff series: They could lose their city,

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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