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Arizona Coyotes to host 2020 Rookie Faceoff tournament

Arizona Coyotes 2018 first-round draft pick center Barrett Hayton (22) skates behind forward Lane Pederson (93) at the team’s rookie camp at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Sept. 7, 2018. (Matt Layman/Arizona Sports)

Not long after returning from the Rookie Faceoff tournament in Anaheim, the Arizona Coyotes announced that they’ll be hosting that very event next year.

The 2020 Rookie Faceoff tournament will take place at Gila River Arena, it was revealed on Monday.

Arizona’s rookies and top prospects returned from the tournament just days ago, when the Coyotes, Ducks, Sharks, Kings, Golden Knights and Avalanche met up for a series of games that concluded on Sept. 10. That same set of teams is slated to be at the next Rookie Faceoff, too.

“We are thrilled to host the 2020 Rookie Faceoff Tournament at Gila River Arena in September 2020,” Coyotes president & CEO Ahron Cohen said in a press release. “Our fans are going to love watching some of the top prospects from the Western Conference competing on our home ice.

“We are constantly looking for opportunities to showcase our team, our community and our State on the national stage, and we will hopefully have many more hockey events coming to Arizona in the not too distant future.”

The 2018 Rookie Faceoff tournament took place in Las Vegas.

First-round picks Victor Soderstrom and Barrett Hayton were among the Coyotes participants this year.

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