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by Alanah McGinley on 05/21/11 at 03:20 PM ET
About 200 fans of the Atlanta Thrashers showed up for a rally Saturday in the face of expectations the team will move to Winnipeg.
“The people I talked to are passionate,” CBC News reporter Lyndsay Duncombe said from the parking area near Philips Arena, home of the NHL team.
“There is a sense of resigned disappointment here. I do think a lot of these folks believe this could be the last time they get together with these jerseys on in the hot Atlanta sun.”
Saturday was also select-a-seat day for season ticket holders.
Update 3:25pm ET: More from Jennifer Leslie at 11Alive, NBC:
“The hockey community is a huge hockey family,” said Lisa Lewis, president of the Thrashers Fan Club. “We all know each other, support each other, do what we can for each other. This is devastating for us.”
It’s also very personal for fans who have been around the longest.
“It’s kind of like the NHL saying the last 10 years of my life I’ve invested in something is not worth anything,” said another fan, who was moved to tears.
Update 6:30pm ET: Fair Weather Report provides the video below, a Thrashers’ fan reflecting on his experience of the team.
Thrashers hockey has clearly played a big role in this family’s life together. The father talked about his son schooling Vancouver Canucks fans on their own players, road-tripping to various NHL games around the country, getting to see his son present an award to Andrew Ladd and more. He’s doubly frustrated with the Atlanta Spirit Group, as he’s an Atlanta Hawks season-ticket holder as well, a burden no one fan should have to bear.
He says he’s bought 16 season tickets for this season, up from previous seasons, and that he hopes to be able to sell them cheap to get people into the building. I told him he should be put in charge of marketing if the team stays.
He also gently chastised me for writing that fans should boycott the select-a-seat event itself—can’t help but admire this guy’s hopefulness.
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