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[NHL] Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg Relocation


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True North set to announce Winnipeg NHL deal

CBC Sports Posted: May 31, 2011 8:06 AM ET Last Updated: May 31, 2011 8:48 AM ET

CBC Sports has learned that David Thomson of True North Sports and Entertainment Ltd., the group trying to bring an NHL team to Winnipeg, is en route to the Manitoban capital to announce the deal.

True North has scheduled an 11 a.m. CT media conference for a "significant community announcement," presumably the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg.

True North had stated for weeks that a formal announcement would be made as soon as the deal was finalized.

Winnipeg has been without NHL hockey since the Jets moved to Phoenix and were renamed the Coyotes in 1996.

The Thrashers would become the second NHL franchise to leave Atlanta, which relinquished the Flames to Calgary in 1980.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/story/2011/05/31/sp-nhl-winnipeg.html

So, the only questions left are:

Will the team be named after the city (Winnipeg) or the province (Manitoba)?

Will the team be called the Jets or will they be called the Moose?

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This hasn't been confirmed yet. The official announcement is at 11CST.

I would laugh so hard if they troll everyone and say the team is moving somewhere else. LOL

I'm really sick of hearing about the "return of the Jets".

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I'm guessing they will have to move over to the western conference, which means one team will have to move to the east. Place your bests??

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There will be no realignment this year which means a lot of travel for the team next year. I just hope the league allows them to take the Jets name like they did for Ottawa and the Senators name.

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Oh, so it's official... the team I saw once playing a sport I care little for. Sad to see a franchise leave my city, but I guess my feelings were about on par with the rest of the city and that's why their leaving.

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I will miss going to those games :(

you and the other five thrasher fans.

WOOOOOOOO WINNIPEG!!! now one in quebec city and another in t.o and we are set!

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