Decision soon on Coyotes

Glendale City Council will hold an open meeting to discuss the bids of Ice Edge Holdings and Jerry...

Glendale City Council will hold an open meeting to discuss the bids of Ice Edge Holdings and Jerry Reinsdorf. (QMI Agency/Al Charest)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:58 PM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Describing themselves as "the group that the Canadian hockey media loves to hate," Ice Edge Holdings is making a spirited last-ditch effort to woo the citizens of this Phoenix suburb.

In an open letter to the citizens of Glendale, the Ice Edge Group says it is "far and away the superior choice" for the city, which will decide Tuesday night which of two groups is most suited to own the Coyotes based on their proposed lease arrangements for Jobing.com Arena.

Glendale City Council will hold an open meeting to discuss the bids of Ice Edge -- composed of a group of Canadian and American businessmen -- and a second by sports magnate Jerry Reinsdorf.

Once cleared by council the NHL, which operated the team this season after rescuing it from bankruptcy last May, will decide if the sale can go forward.

In its letter, Ice Edge admits it is less experienced in owning pro sports teams than Reinsdorf -- the Chicago millionaire who owns the NBA Bulls and MLB White Sox. Instead, Ice Edge has emphasized the success its members have had in a variety of businesses.

"Three of us are Canadians and we understand our fellow countrymen struggle with the idea of hockey in a non-traditional market," the letter states. "It is unfortunate that these opinions are being formed in a vacuum. Perhaps if they would simply come to a game in Jobing.com Arena to see the passion of Coyotes fans, they would understand first hand that NHL hockey can and will succeed in Glendale.

The letter, signed by partners Anthony LeBlanc, Keith McCullough, Daryl Jones, Todd Jordan and John Breslow re-iterates its interest to play five games "in a sister city" which in the past has been Saskatoon. "We would only do this after consultations with fans and in a manner that would benefit the citizens of Glendale and Coyotes fans."

The Reinsdorf party has made no such public proclamations other than the memorandum of understanding it has filed with the city.

The Glendale council will consider the validity of both proposed lease deals at Tuesday's meeting which allows taxpayers to voice concerns on the implications of the lease deals.


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