Phoenix Coyotes' "Going Green" intiative is setting the example

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As part of Earth Week, we’ll be highlighting a few initiatives
from around the NHL that teams and arenas are taking to help minimize
the footprint we’re leaving on the environment.

A lot of the
focus this past season has been on the Phoenix Coyotes and their
ownership situation, whether they’ll move elsewhere and then (finally)
on how the team has drastically improved on the ice. Yet the Coyotes are
working hard to ensure that they become one of the leading examples in
the NHL when it comes to minimizing the impact they have on the

Coyotes President Douglas Moss has spearheaded the
“Phoenix Coyotes Going Green” initiative, as they hope to “do our part
in reducing our carbon footprint on the environment” according to Moss.

part of the initiative, “green” standards have been implemented from
top to bottom in the company as every employee works to reduce the
energy usage by turning off lights, computer monitors and computers when
not in use and reducing the amount of paper the company uses on a

The Coyotes are in the second year of their initiative,
which also affects the events at Arena itself. The Coyotes
have teamed up with Waste Management, who have sponsored eight
“Automatic Recycling Machines” placed around the arena. The ARMs print
receipts after every use, with each one having a one-in-four chance of
receiving a prize.

Per Mellissa Quillard of Waste Management:

“The ARM program was designed to encourage recycling by giving out
prizes,” she said, “and was a result of a great demand and want to go
green in the community.”

The Coyotes are working hard not just to use these initiatives
themselves as a company but to spread awareness of the positive impact
of recycling and energy-friendly measures each person can take. The
Coyotes place “Green Facts” messages on the video screen during games,
have fans get rewarded for recycling during games, and have been using
compostable and biodegradable cups, plates, bowls and utensils.

Many sports teams claim to be “green friendly” and take time out a
couple of weeks each year to highlight what fans can be done. The
Coyotes have taken this to a whole other level, setting the foundation
themselves for how a company can set the example for being
environmentally friendly and then taking up that initiative with fans.

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.