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ASU, Arizona Coyotes hope to host Frozen Four

ASU and the Arizona Coyotes are considering a proposition to bring the Frozen Four to the Grand Canyon State.

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ASU hockey has made wave after wave over the last few months, from the announcement it would be going Division I, to the news it plans to play home games at Gila River Arena in Glendale.

It added another Thursday when a report from Kevin Allen USA Today surfaced that said ASU and the Arizona Coyotes were planning a joint application to host a future Frozen Four.

ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson confirmed those reports Thursday afternoon.

"It just makes natural sense, now that ASU is elevated to varsity hockey, in the very near future that we should be vying for a Frozen Four," Anderson said. "And the Coyotes, no question, feel the same way."

The Coyotes also confirmed interest in a statement, per Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona. It said Coyotes and ASU officials will attend this year's Frozen Four at the TD Garden in Boston.

The game would be played at Gila River Arena in Glendale, with ASU as the host institution. The tournaments are typically held in NHL arenas.

Arizona is in a stretch of hosting huge sporting events. In addition to the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open and Super Bowl XLIX, it will host the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship and 2017 Final Four. Both college finals will be held in Glendale.

The Frozen Four's location is locked down for the next four years. It will be in Boston this season, followed by Tampa next year, Chicago in 2017 and Minnesota in 2018. That could leave Phoenix as a possibility for 2019 or 2020.

"This is the Valley of great competition and great events," Anderson said. "It's just natural we would go for a Frozen Four.

"They ought to see us coming."