After just four months away, hockey has returned to the desert in a big way.
Sunday, Oct. 1 was a full day of professional hockey.
In the morning, the Coachella Valley Firebirds began training camp ahead of their second season as an AHL franchise.
In the afternoon, the Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks competed in the first-ever NHL preseason game in the valley.
"A lot of unfinished business."— Bailey Arredondo (@BaileyKESQ) October 1, 2023
"That is the standard we have here now."
🔥🏒@Firebirds HC Dan Bylsma, Ian McKinnon, Jeremy McKenna talk about what the motivation inside the locker room is this season for the Birds'. @KESQ @BlakeArthur24 @pwilliamsAHL @TheAHL @AcrisureArena pic.twitter.com/keScoQWfwN
Firebirds head coach Dan Bylsma, a former Mighty Duck (2000-04), said it's great to see the NHL come to the Coachella Valley.
Asked Firebirds HC Dan Bylsma about tonight's first-ever #NHL game at @AcrisureArena 🏒 @AnaheimDucks vs. @ArizonaCoyotes— Bailey Arredondo (@BaileyKESQ) October 1, 2023
Bylsma was a Mighty Duck from 2000-04! Check out his old threads ⬇️ @Firebirds @KESQ pic.twitter.com/u0YTqgSBls
The Ducks stormed back late, scoring two goals in the final seconds to stun the Coyotes, 5-4 the final.
Be sure to stay with News Channel 3 for continuing coverage of the Coachella Valley Firebirds.