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Atlanta Players Talk Winnipeg

from Chris Johnston of the CP at The Score,

Moving to a hockey hotbed from one where the sport was rarely in the spotlight, the Thrashers are expecting a little bit of culture shock now that they’ve landed in Winnipeg.

“It’s probably going to be bigger than most guys think,” captain Andrew Ladd told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “I think not having (NHL) hockey there for 15 years, it’s kind of built up and built up to the point where I’m sure (fans) are ready to blow the doors off the hinges and get this thing going.”

Added goaltender Chris Mason: “Next year it’s going to be hockey, hockey, hockey. I just love that. I think it’s going to be awesome.”

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added 5:26pm, from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

If some Atlanta Thrashers players are reluctant to move to Winnipeg, Evander Kane certainly isn’t one of them.

The 19-year-old was happy to see a definitive resolution to the Thrashers saga, which officially came on Tuesday when the NHL announced the club was re-locating to Winnipeg.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity. Anywhere in Canada, I’d love to go play. Going to Winnipeg with the Jets, they have a good tradition and history there,” “Kane told Rogers Sportsnet on Tuesday. “I’m looking forward to renewing that and being a big part of it. I’m looking forward to that and getting this thing going.”

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So what happens to the canucks farm team now?  I heard that winnepeg thrashers will make them their farm team, so what happens to the canucks prospects?  Are they going to move to the heat?

Posted by luongoismyhero from vancouver on 05/31/11 at 07:57 PM ET

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Moving to a hockey hotbed from one where the sport was rarely in the spotlight, the Thrashers are expecting a little bit of culture shock…

Yeah, it’ll be a bitch playing in an area where the majority of the citizens actually care about hockey. I’m sure they’ll also miss walking into a mall and having absolutely no one recognize them. Poor guys.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/31/11 at 07:57 PM ET

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Posted by luongoismyhero from vancouver on 05/31/11 at 05:57 PM ET

http://markosun.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/manitoba-moose-moving-to-st-johns/

Posted by NathanBC on 05/31/11 at 09:24 PM ET

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