It’s official. The Atlanta Thrashers have been sold to True North Sports and Entertainment. Pending a decision by the NHL Board of Governor’s approval, the city of Winnipeg will have a NHL team for the first time since 1996. They will play in the MTS Centre, and the Manitoba Moose will move to another location in Canada, quite possibly Saint John.
This marks the second time in history that Atlanta has lost a NHL franchise to the North. The Calgary Flames once called the southern city home for eight years, going to the playoffs in six of those.
There was an interview on NPR with national hockey writer Scott Burnside, explaining why the Thrashers franchise didn’t work.
So what’s new with the moving franchise? Are they picking a new name? Are they drawing up new logos?
Nope. True North is selling season tickets. The goal is 13,000. There’s also a FAQ for existing Moose season ticket holders, people looking to be the first people to see the new generation of NHL Hockey in Winnipeg, and other tidbits.
There is another interesting article from SB Nation Atlanta, saying that True North will retire the old Jets numbers (9, 25) but not the Thrashers sets. The article does mention that Dan Snyder’s number might be retired since he was killed in a car accident, and it wasn’t an official retired number. However, you could say that the retiring of those two numbers could point in some positive light for the fans of the old Jets.
The selling is official, now we just play the waiting game. It’s already an exciting offseason for the Nation Hockey League.
Sources of information from the Global BC, NPR, driveto13.com (NHL), and SB Nation Atlanta. Picture from SB Nation Atlanta.
Until next time,