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Let the skating begin

(Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Coyotes) (Cover photo courtesy: Arizona Coyotes)
GLENDALE, AZ -

Coyotes players reported to training camp at Gila River Arena on Thursday morning and first-year General Manager John Chayka set the bar pretty high for them. 

"Chayka said that we were going to go 82-0 so that's his expectation and that's our expectation," 

Captain Shane Doan told reporters during the Media Day portion of the day. 

"We understand that's maybe unrealistic, but that's going to be our goal. We want to find ways to win every night.” 

The Coyotes will take the ice - in three teams of 20 players - for the first time on Friday at 9:30 a.m. 

The goal from that moment on will be to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs next spring for the first time since 2011-12.

You can read more about the beginning of the 2016 NHL season at ArizonaCoyotes.com

The start of training camp also begins the process of formulating the first Tucson Roadrunners squad.

The Roadrunners begin their first season on October 14th in San Diego. Their first home game is two weeks later at the Tucson Convention Center against Stockton.

Copyright 2016 Arizona Coyotes. All rights reserved.

David Kelly contributed to this story.

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