Get To Know Fuego The Coachella Valley Firebird

Number: 22

Debut: August 4, 2022

Position: Center (of attention)

Shoots: And Scores

Weight: Featherweight

Favorite Food: Spicy Bird Seed

Favorite Song: California Love

Least Favorite Song: The Chicken Dance

The desert has long been considered a foreboding ground, a place where only those with adventurous spirits thrive amid a sublime landscape. A place where passion and vision are required to see beyond vast tracts of sand and looming mountains to reveal a hidden oasis.

This magical oasis is where Fuego was born. Fuego is a mystical union of the spirits of all those who came before him, embodying the power and strength of the Coachella Valley. He was born of fire and intense heat, with a powerful spirit destined to unite cities, communities, and people from all walks of life. His purpose is to serve all who rally under his mighty wings, a loyal ambassador for those who call the Coachella Valley home as well as to those who call him friend.  

Fuego set out to explore the landscape of his desert oasis armed with resolve, endurance, speed, curiosity, and a deep resilience to learn more about the land from which he emerged. As he explored the nine cities that made up the Coachella Valley, he learned that each city had its own distinctive landmarks and personality. While each city was independent, he saw how the communities worked together as one, recognizing that they are indeed stronger together, acting as team. He realized those who call the Valley home personify incredible power and a fiery spirit. A spirit he wanted to share with the world. 

Fuego demonstrates a duality of spirit, both beautiful and dangerous. He is an ambassador eager to welcome travelers seeking adventure, and always ready to share the beauty of the desert and its people. However, when challenged, he will protect his home and people with fierce and fiery strength. Challengers beware, for the mountain hills and desert winds do not simply whisper warnings, they howl just before the Firebird strikes.  

Fuego will watch over the Valley from the largest nest in the area, Acrisure Arena, a symbol of community designed for the people of the Coachella Valley as a gathering place ready to welcome visitors from around the country and across the world. Here Fuego will share many of his favorite things from sports and community activities to music and other extraordinary events. This will be a place where people come together to share experiences, make new friends, gather in community to celebrate and cheer.  

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Firebirds Affiliates


NHL: Seattle Kraken

The Coachella Valley team is affiliated with the NHL’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, for the 2021-22 season. The affiliation is expected to last one season while construction is completed on an arena that will host the Kraken’s AHL expansion franchise in Palm Desert, California. In the meantime, the Checkers will receive the Kraken’s first group of AHL-eligible prospects under a joint affiliation with the Panthers.

About Us


The Coachella Valley Firebirds are the 32nd Franchise to enter the American Hockey League (AHL) with a goal of developing players and personnel for the National Hockey League (NHL).  The Firebirds strive to accomplish this by passionately building an organization from the ground up focusing on talent, entertainment,  service and community.