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Updated Feb 1, 2013 - 10:06 am

NHL, Coyotes, Glendale release statements on ownership situation

Phoenix Coyotes' Nick Johnson (32) celebrates his game-tying goal as Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) skates by during the third period in an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Oilers defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly Friday released the following statement regarding the Phoenix Coyotes sale process:

"We remain hopeful the Coyotes sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the City of Glendale to move the process forward."

Phoenix Coyotes President and COO Mike Nealy has issued the following statement regarding the Coyotes ownership situation.

"Today, we were informed by the National Hockey League that Mr. Jamison was unable to close on his purchase of the Coyotes. Mr. Jamison will continue to work with the NHL and the City of Glendale to close a deal that will keep the Coyotes in the Valley. Although there is no set timetable, hopefully it will be soon. The Coyotes will continue to be owned by the NHL and nothing changes for our organization. We will work hard on and off the ice to provide our fans with a winning team that they can be proud of. We would like to thank all of our great fans and corporate partners for their incredible patience and loyalty throughout this process. We know it's been difficult and we appreciate their support."

The city of Glendale also released a statement:

The city and the current owner of the Coyotes, the National Hockey League, will continue to work together on a solution that is in the best interest of Glendale and our citizens. The next step involves seeking direction from the City Council to determine how to move forward with this process. The arena was built to serve as a catalyst for the economic growth that has occurred in Glendale's Sport & Entertainment District, and its success remains a priority for the city.

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