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Now then, who will become the first-ever draft choice of the second-ever go-round for the Winnipeg
Whatevers this weekend? And what will they wear on stage?
Oh, and officially, R.I.P., Atlanta Thrashers.
Condolences to those whose career paths have now been drastically altered.
From Chris Vivlamore of the AJC (Tweet):
It’s official. NHL Board of Governors approves sale and relocation of #Thrashers.
Update 3:33pm ET: From TSN—
The NHL is officially returning to Winnipeg. The league’s Board of Governors approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment of Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Fifteen years after the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix, the two sides came to an agreement on May 31 and the first step to move the Thrashers North was taken, pending Tuesday’s approval.
The franchise price is $170 million, which includes a relocation fee of $60 million. As determined by the league’s Board of Governors, the relocation fee will be distributed among the other 29 teams.
Statement from Gary Bettman:
“We deeply regret that Atlanta’s ownership was unable to secure local partners after exhausting every option and alternative. At the same time, we are delighted that NHL hockey is returning to Winnipeg and to a fan-base that already is showing so much support for its team. We congratulate Mark Chipman, David Thomson and True North on their patience, their preparation and their professionalism, and we look forward to the start of a new era for the franchise.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has begun the interviewing process in the search for a head coach.
Sources say NHL on TSN panelist Craig MacTavish is expected to meet with Cheveldayoff either Wednesday or Thursday and is considered a strong candidate for the job.
It’s unclear as to how many names are on Winnipeg’s short list, however, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland are also believed to be high on the list.
Noel is employed by the Vancouver Canucks and sources say the Canucks would like his fate determined by next week, in the event he is promoted to the NHL, and Vancouver has to hire his AHL replacement.
Existing coach Craig Ramsay also remains in the mix and will be interviewed for the position.
Sources tell TSN that Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff informed head coach Craig Ramsey that he intends on interviewing other candidates for the job.
Ramsey, contacted on Sunday by the Winnipeg organization, has also agreed to an interview as part of the process.
Although Winnipeg is considering other options, Ramsey has not been terminated.
The transition has begun and Daly touches on many of the points as they prepare for the upcoming season.
From the CP via TSN:
Atlanta Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd is visiting what could be his new hockey home in Winnipeg.
The Thrashers are moving to the city but Ladd is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and would need to strike a deal with the new owners of the team to join his teammates in the Manitoba capital.
That process hasn’t really started.
But the native of Maple Ridge, B.C., brought his agent and fiancee along for the trip and says he’s impressed with the vision and culture the team’s management wants to create.
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
A story making the rounds Sunday about the new Winnipeg NHL team’s name missed the mark. The website http://www.sportslogos.net posted a story Saturday that True North had registered the name “Whiteout” and proposed it was the only thing the new team could be called.
A few media outlets reportedly bit on the story but it was discounted Sunday by True North’s Scott Brown.
True North, in fact, has registered the name “Whiteout” with the Canadian Trade-marks Database of the federal government. It did so on May 4.
But it has done so, Brown said, only to protect future use of the phrase or term if and when it’s needed. The whiteout was the mark of playoff fever in the NHL’s previous stay in Winnipeg.
Brown said that Whiteout will not be the new name of the Winnipeg NHL team.
from Kevin Engstrom of the Winnipeg Sun,
The unlikely return of big league hockey to Winnipeg has caused an even unlikelier thing to occur.
The thing I’m referring to, of course, is a handful of Winnipeggers saying NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — the guy who ushered our beloved Jets out of town 15 years ago — perhaps isn’t such a bad guy after all.
Heck, some obviously inebriated or otherwise medicated Winnipeggers even had the gall to call Bettman a — gasp! — hero.
No, really. A few people said it.
Of course, this is utter nonsense. In his dream world, Bettman’s plan to export Canada’s national pastime to the U.S. Sunbelt would have been a giant success with full arenas and giant ratings, allowing him to forever turn his back on small Canadian markets like Winnipeg and Quebec City.
Unfortunately for Bettman, that scheme had about the same chance of long-term success as Kim Kardashian’s upcoming marriage: Little to none.
VANCOUVER (June 4, 2011) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement regarding True North Sports & Entertainment’s announcement that it has successfully completed its ‘Drive to 13,000’
“While I had no doubt the ‘Drive to 13,000’ would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans’ hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North’s initiatives.”
via a media release from True North,
True North Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the successful completion of their National Hockey League “Drive to 13,000” Season Ticket campaign.
“We would like to take a special moment to thank all of our fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada for their support over the past week, in particular, the overwhelming response of our fans which has resulted in a successful ‘Drive to 13,000’ campaign,” said Jim Ludlow, President & CEO, True North Sports & Entertainment. “The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of NHL hockey in this province. We look forward to seeing everyone this Fall at MTS Centre for opening night of regular season NHL hockey in Winnipeg.”
As a result of the tremendous demand for tickets demonstrated during the “Drive to 13,000” Season Ticket campaign, True North Sports & Entertainment is also pleased to announce they will be starting an official “membership only” based waiting list for tickets. This waiting list will feature several key benefits including:
from Mary Agnes Welch of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Jets fan J.J. Moorehead is using the overkill approach to score NHL season tickets today.
At noon, Moorehead will create his own NASA ground control, surrounding himself with three computers—his fiancée’s desktop and two laptops. They’ll all be preloaded with his personal information so he can speed through the screens, press enter and hopefully score two season tickets to see Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise.
Even better, he’s going to steal an Internet connection from two neighbours in his apartment building who haven’t password-protected their wireless accounts….
Nearly every fan who gathered Friday night at the 4Play Sports Bar and Grill expressed a sense of genuine panic at the looming ticket frenzy. There are only about 5,800 season tickets left and exponentially more people vying for them. Everyone said they weren’t fussy about which “P”—for price point—their seats were in. They’d take anything. And they expected everything to be sold out by 12:30 p.m., if not earlier.
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