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THE JETS RETURN: A TIMELINE

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May 17, 2009: Court documents filed in the Coyotes' bankruptcy case reveal NHL commissioner Gary Bettman indicated "if the team did return to Canada, it would be to Winnipeg."

Aug. 25, 2009: The NHL submits a bid to buy the Coyotes out of bankruptcy in an attempt to prolong the search for owners who will keep the team in Glendale.

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May 7, 2010: The sale of the Coyotes to Chicago sports tycoon Jerry Reinsdorf collapses, prompting more rumours about the team moving back to Winnipeg.

May 21, 2010: The city of Glendale delivers $25 million to an escrow account to cover Coyotes losses in 2010-11, meeting a deadline to keep the team in Arizona.

May 31, 2011: In arguably the most significant day in Manitoba sports history, True North Sports & Entertainment announce they have purchased the Atlanta Thrashers from Atlanta Spirit and will relocate the franchise to Winnipeg.

June 4, 2011: Just days after the announcement and mere minutes after tickets go on sale to the general public True North announces its 'Drive-to-13,000' season-ticket campaign has met its commitment: 17 minutes after the online ticket window opened.

June 21, 2011: The NHL's board of governors rubber-stamps the sale and move of the Thrashers to Winnipeg.

Oct. 9, 2011: The Jets, 2.0 version, play their first game, a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the MTS Centre.

-- Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 31, 2012 ??65533

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