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Official: Winnipeg Approved by NHL BOG

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.”

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SYF's avatar

Should be getting a discount on travel miles reeeaaal soon…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/21/11 at 06:34 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Any word yet on the Winnipeg franchie’s team name?
I think I read somewhere (maybe uniwatch) that the new owner/s want a fresh start and are staying away from anything that had to do with the Jets.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/21/11 at 07:04 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

Nothing yet. And I’m guessing the Jets is out, too. 

Draft day should be interesting. As of this moment, a handful of future NHLers are about to be drafted by a team with no name, no jerseys, no logo.  Should be surreal.  smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 06/21/11 at 07:07 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Should be surreal.

Yeah, I’m guessing it ain’t going to be the “Winnipeg Thrashers”.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/21/11 at 08:20 PM ET


Travel will be brutal.  But Atlanta was a disaster, the team had to move.  Good luck in Winnipeg.  Have to bring back those Jets uniforms.  Please no singular team name like Moose or something.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/21/11 at 08:42 PM ET


Please no singular team name like Moose or something.

That’s actually the plural too…

Posted by Garth on 06/21/11 at 09:09 PM ET

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