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Heisinger to play "significant role" in NHL team: Chipman

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True North chairman Mark Chipman says he'll be contacting Thrashers GM Rick Dudley in the coming days to discuss the future leadership of the franchise but one thing is certain and that's Craig Heisinger having a major role.

Chipman said Heisinger will help deterimine the future of the franchise.

"Craig Heisinger is our GM with the Moose and he'll play a significant role in whatever we choose to do on the hockey ops side," said Chipman. "We're not sure of the role or the title. We've been kicking the tires on that for a little while."

Winnipeg's new NHL franchise will select seventh overall in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft on June 24th in Minneapolis.

Heisinger has been GM of the Moose organization since 2004.

Meanwhile, the man who coached the Thrashers last season didn't hear his name today but says he'd love to talk to True North about his future with Winnipeg's new NHL franchise.

"We've been sitting on pins and needles wondering what was going to happen," said Craig Ramsay, who coached the Thrashers to a 34-36-12 record last season. "I didn't hear them say they were bringing the hockey people up there during the press conference but I'd like the chance to talk to the Winnipeg people."

Ramsay says he was impressed by what he saw of the True North organization today.

"They look very organized and prepared to make hockey a successful business in Winnipeg," said the long-time Buffalo Sabres defensive specialist. "I'm one of the players lucky enough to remember what it was like to play in that city. It's a vibrant hockey market and people love hockey."

Ramsay says Winnipeg is getting a nice collection of talent.

"I think we were one of the most exciting teams in the league to watch," said Ramsay. "People will enjoy watching this young group of players. We didn't trap or play a 1-3-1 but we forechecked and created offence. If we hadn't had the injuries we did we would have been a playoff team."

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