NHL Return

Edmundson first Manitoba-born player chosen in draft

By Ed Tait 1 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL – The St. Louis Blues have made Joel Edmundson of Brandon and the Moose Jaw Warriors the first Manitoba-born player selected in the NHL’s 2011 entry draft.

The Blues grabbed Edmundson in the second round, 46th overall, of Saturday’s draft.

The New York Rangers drafted Winnipeg product Michael St. Croix St. Croix, in the 4th round, 106th overall.

St. Croix, 18, is a right winger with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League and is coming off a year in which he scored 27 goals and added 48 assists in 68 games last year. His father Rick is a former NHL goaltender who has spent the last six years as the goalie coach of the Manitoba Moose.

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New faces for the new Jets

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New faces for the new Jets

By Ed Tait 2 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL – The Winnipeg Jets are back on the draft board, selecting Adam Lowry with the 67th overall pick in the NHL entry draft and then making a deal with the Montreal Canadiens to grab the 78th pick.

Lowry, 18, is a 6-4, 186 pound left winger from the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL who was born in St. Louis. His father Dave played 1,084 games in the NHL with Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary. More information on Lowry can be found in his official NHL bio.

In the 78th selection, acquired from the Habs for the 97th and the 113th picks, Winnipeg selected Brennan Serville, a defenceman with Stouffville of the Ontario Junior Hockey League who is headed to the University of Michigan this fall.

Winnipeg made a deal with San Jose to move into the 119th spot in the fourth round and then selected Tri-Cities American defencemen Zachary Yuen, a product of Vancouver.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL – The Winnipeg Jets are back on the draft board, selecting Adam Lowry with the 67th overall pick in the NHL entry draft and then making a deal with the Montreal Canadiens to grab the 78th pick.

Lowry, 18, is a 6-4, 186 pound left winger from the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL who was born in St. Louis. His father Dave played 1,084 games in the NHL with Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary. More information on Lowry can be found in his official NHL bio.

In the 78th selection, acquired from the Habs for the 97th and the 113th picks, Winnipeg selected Brennan Serville, a defenceman with Stouffville of the Ontario Junior Hockey League who is headed to the University of Michigan this fall.

Winnipeg made a deal with San Jose to move into the 119th spot in the fourth round and then selected Tri-Cities American defencemen Zachary Yuen, a product of Vancouver.

The Finnish Flash would make a splash

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The Finnish Flash would make a splash

By Geoff Kirbyson 3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

How big would the party be at Portage and Main if Teemu Selanne signed with Winnipeg's new NHL franchise?

Grant Skinner, a financial adviser to players such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks, thinks it's possible.

"(Selanne) is an unrestricted free agent (as of July 1). He has stated he wants to stay in Anaheim but given his rich history in Winnipeg, it's possible Teemu may give consideration to coming back to Winnipeg. He had four pretty cool years here," he said.

Factors in Winnipeg's corner include Selanne's relationship with Craig Heisinger, the assistant general manager of the city's new NHL team, memories of his 76-goal season in 1992-93 and the second-coming reception he'd be sure to receive.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

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Can't you almost hear the chants of 'Teemu, Teemu!' now?

Hawerchuk says pick just… ducky

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Hawerchuk says pick just… ducky

By Tim Campbell 3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Was it not the perfect connection between old Jets and new Jets Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center?

Seconds after True North chairman Mark Chipman confirmed it would be Jets on the new uniforms, old Jets superstar and franchise leading scorer Dale Hawerchuk, now the head coach of the OHL's Barrie Colts, saw his top centreman Mark Scheifele, 18, become the new Jets' first-round draft pick.

Hawerchuk, now 48, was thrilled with the synergy.

"It's great; I love to see hockey back in Winnipeg," said the Jets first-round, first-overall pick of exactly 30 years ago in the corridor of the Minnesota Wild's arena. "I think when the new rink went in in Winnipeg, well, you know me, I've been an advocate of it coming back and it'll be successful.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

Pronounce it with us: It’s ‘Shy-flea’

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Pronounce it with us: It’s ‘Shy-flea’

By Ed Tait 5 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL -- Just for the record -- and straight from Mark Scheifele's mouth -- the pronunciation of the last name of the first pick in the 'new' history of the Winnipeg Jets is...

Shy-flea.

We bring this up today because it's something -- getting the name right, not butchering it -- that the 18-year-old Barrie Colts centre hopes one day is commonplace in Winnipeg. And we bring it up because members of Jets management were asking the very same thing in the interview leading up to the first round of the 2011 NHL entry draft prior to making him the seventh pick overall in the proceedings.

"I didn't get a full sense (of the Jets' interest) in the interview, but they asked how to pronounce my last name," Scheifele said. "I thought that was just because no one knows how to pronounce my last name. I didn't think I was going to go seven but to go seven is really exciting.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

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Mark Scheifele scored 22 goals and added 53 assists in 66 games with the Barrie Colts.

Welcome to Winnipeg, Scheifele

By Tim Campbell 3 minute read Preview

Welcome to Winnipeg, Scheifele

By Tim Campbell 3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Winnipeg has dominated the NHL story landscape for going on a month now and it continued right into Friday night's first round of the annual entry draft.

The new franchise had a hundred or so loud and demonstrative fans in the Xcel Energy Center.

They heard Winnipeg welcomed back to the league after 15 years by commissioner Gary Bettman, they chanted through the six teams picking ahead of them and then they erupted when True North chairman and governor Mark Chipman confirmed at the podium the organization has decided to adopt the Jets team name.

"It shows the passion of our fans, that they travelled here to be part of a special day for this franchise," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

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More than a few jaws dropped with the selection of Mark Scheifele by the Winnipeg Jets Friday in St. Paul. The draft capped a meteoric rise for the Barrie Colt.`

Welcoming the second coming

By Meghan Potkins 3 minute read Preview

Welcoming the second coming

By Meghan Potkins 3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

The MTS Centre thundered with the grateful roar of nearly 4,000 hockey fans intent on making one thing crystal clear: This is Winnipeg's team and they are, and always will be, the Jets.

Gathered together at a viewing party for the 2011 NHL entry draft hosted by True North Sports & Entertainment, the team's owners, fans watched on the arena scoreboard as chairman Mark Chipman made the long-awaited announcement from St. Paul, Minn.

For many, finally making the Jets name official made the dream of the NHL returning to Winnipeg a reality.

For Laurie Thompson, it felt surreal to be sitting in the crowd after waiting so many years for the NHL to return to Winnipeg.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

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Cayden Kraus (left) and Joey Sabatini celebrate at the NHL draft party at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg Friday after it was announced the new NHL team's name will be the Jets.

Fans get their wish

By Ed Tait and Geoff Kirbyson 5 minute read Preview

Fans get their wish

By Ed Tait and Geoff Kirbyson 5 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

ST. PAUL -- It is a name that has come to represent this city. Mention "Winnipeg Jets" to any hockey fan anywhere on this globe and, instantly, mental images start flickering of Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, of Dale Hawerchuk and Teemu Selanne, of the Whiteout and of a tearful goodbye.

And, now, of a triumphant return.

True North Sports & Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman confirmed weeks of speculation Friday night at the NHL's entry draft when he stepped up to the podium at the XCel Energy Center to introduce general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff prior to the reborn Jets' historic first draft pick. And while they carefully considered other options, the overwhelming fan support for the Jets name ultimately helped confirm their decision.

"We listened to a lot of people. Certainly the fans, that was obvious," Chipman said. "Although I was overwhelmed by the number of unsolicited suggestions, a lot of them very good, and thought we had to go in a different direction. But we talked to our scouts at dinner (Thursday) night and the kids that were interviewed this year all wanted to know what the name of the team was going to be. And there was a strong preference (for Jets).

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

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From left, fans Ryan Purpur, Jesse Martin, Janeen Martin, Ray Braun and Cam Friesen show their loyalty watching the NHL draft at the MTS Centre Friday.

Maybe Bettman a better man

By Tim Campbell 7 minute read Preview

Maybe Bettman a better man

By Tim Campbell 7 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS -- Now, more than three weeks after the agreement was announced to move the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman agreed to sit down with Free Press hockey writer Tim Campbell on Friday to review that story and several other issues.

 

Free Press: We're three weeks-plus since the announcement and the story continues to be powerful coast to coast in Canada. Anything about that surprise you?

Gary Bettman: It was always clear to me there was passion for the game and a tremendous sense of loss. Sometimes when there's a sense of loss, it dissipates with time, but that was never the case here. What's interesting about it is that there's so much revisionist history about what happened 15 years ago. Which is OK, because in the final analysis, we're back and we're thrilled to be back. If anybody thinks that the circumstances of our coming back anywhere resembled the circumstances of the leaving, they don't understand what happened in either case.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

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Maybe NHL commissioner Gary Bettman isn't such a bad guy after all. Hmmm...

2011-12 Regular Season Schedule – Winnipeg Jets

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2011-12 Regular Season Schedule – Winnipeg Jets

3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

Date Visitor Home Time

OCTOBER 2011

Sun, 9 Oct 2011 Canadiens Jets 4:00 PM

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 Jets Blackhawks 7:30 PM

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

Date Visitor Home Time

OCTOBER 2011

Sun, 9 Oct 2011 Canadiens Jets 4:00 PM

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 Jets Blackhawks 7:30 PM

NHL’s return, coming to a bookstore near you

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NHL’s return, coming to a bookstore near you

3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

THE Free Press is pairing with Penguin Books to publish a commemorative book that will mark Winnipeg's historic re-entry into the National Hockey League.

Back in the Bigs: How Winnipeg Won, Lost and Regained its Place in the NHL, will be written by award-winning sports writer Randy Turner, and is due out in September.

"We want to tell the story by bringing the past to life... not just archives, but dozens of interviews with major players, on and off the ice," Turner said. "There is a direct link to the Jets' early years, which explains why NHL hockey left, but the passion never did -- even for all those 20-somethings celebrating in the streets who barely saw the team play."

The book will track the history of pro hockey in Winnipeg, from the wild days of the World Hockey Association to the Winnipeg Jets's entry into the NHL in 1979; and from the heartbreaking loss of the franchise in 1996 to its triumphant return in 2011.

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Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011

THE Free Press is pairing with Penguin Books to publish a commemorative book that will mark Winnipeg's historic re-entry into the National Hockey League.

Back in the Bigs: How Winnipeg Won, Lost and Regained its Place in the NHL, will be written by award-winning sports writer Randy Turner, and is due out in September.

"We want to tell the story by bringing the past to life... not just archives, but dozens of interviews with major players, on and off the ice," Turner said. "There is a direct link to the Jets' early years, which explains why NHL hockey left, but the passion never did -- even for all those 20-somethings celebrating in the streets who barely saw the team play."

The book will track the history of pro hockey in Winnipeg, from the wild days of the World Hockey Association to the Winnipeg Jets's entry into the NHL in 1979; and from the heartbreaking loss of the franchise in 1996 to its triumphant return in 2011.

Fans react as Jets name made official

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Fans react as Jets name made official

By Lindsey Wiebe 0 minute read Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

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Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

Noel will be Winnipeg head coach

By Gary Lawless, TIm Campbell and Ed Tait 1 minute read Preview

Noel will be Winnipeg head coach

By Gary Lawless, TIm Campbell and Ed Tait 1 minute read Thursday, Jun. 23, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Winnipeg’s new NHL hockey club has decided to go with the face they know to coach the team.

Sources have told the Free Press that Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel will be the team’s new head coach.

True North will not comment on the matter today, but has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. here Friday morning in a basement conference room of their downtown hotel.

Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had whittled his search list to two candidates, Noel and Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland.

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Thursday, Jun. 23, 2011

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Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel will be the team’s new head coach.

Winnipeg to face Montreal in first regular season tilt at MTS Centre

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Winnipeg to face Montreal in first regular season tilt at MTS Centre

1 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2011

Winnipeg's new NHL team will host the storied Montreal Canadiens in the first regular season game to be played at the MTS Centre on Sunday Oct. 9 at 4 p.m., the Free Press has learned.

True North confirmed on Wednesday the historic contest, and also said the full schedule will be released Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, Winnipeg’s NHL team finally appeared on another team’s preseason schedule.

The Ottawa Senators announced they will host the Winnipeg club on Monday, Sept. 26 in Conception Bay South, N.L.

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Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2011

NHL team should stick with ‘Winnipeg’ name: Katz

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NHL team should stick with ‘Winnipeg’ name: Katz

By Bartley Kives 2 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2011

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz says “it would be a mistake” for True North Sports & Entertainment to name their new NHL team the Manitoba Jets or Moose or Falcons or whatever the nickname may be, as opposed to the Winnipeg Jets or Moose or Falcons.

“I think that would be a mistake,” Katz told reporters this afternoon, referring to the possibility the new club could have Manitoba in the name instead of Winnipeg.

“You check out any (NHL team) in Canada, they’re all named after the city. No. 2, when you have any star entertainer come to perform in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre, all night long you will hear ‘Winnipeg, how  you doing? Winnipeg, it’s great to be here.’ Those are just facts, and it makes total sense to be Winnipeg.”

Katz, however, said nobody has any control over True North’s decision to name the team it has purchased for a reported $170 million. The NHL’s Board of Governors approved the purchase today.

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Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2011

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz says “it would be a mistake” for True North Sports & Entertainment to name their new NHL team the Manitoba Jets or Moose or Falcons or whatever the nickname may be, as opposed to the Winnipeg Jets or Moose or Falcons.

“I think that would be a mistake,” Katz told reporters this afternoon, referring to the possibility the new club could have Manitoba in the name instead of Winnipeg.

“You check out any (NHL team) in Canada, they’re all named after the city. No. 2, when you have any star entertainer come to perform in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre, all night long you will hear ‘Winnipeg, how  you doing? Winnipeg, it’s great to be here.’ Those are just facts, and it makes total sense to be Winnipeg.”

Katz, however, said nobody has any control over True North’s decision to name the team it has purchased for a reported $170 million. The NHL’s Board of Governors approved the purchase today.

NHL board of governors confirms Winnipeg team

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NHL board of governors confirms Winnipeg team

By Tim Campbell 4 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2011

It's official. The NHL's other 29 owners have confirmed Winnipeg's return to the league after 15 years.

The league's board of governors convened Tuesday in New York and approved the transfer of ownership of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg's True North Sports and Entertainment. The board also gave its blessing to the immediate relocation of the franchise to the Manitoba capital for the start of the 2011-12 season.

"We are very honored by the NHL Board of Governors unanimous decision today," True North chairman Mark Chipman said in a statement. "We know that the fans of this province have an appetite for NHL hockey that is rivaled by few in the league and intend to work very hard to make Manitobans proud of our franchise for years to come."

With the announcement, the NHL and the Winnipeg franchise launched the as-yet-unnamed team's official website, winnipeg.nhl.com.

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Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2011

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True North Sports and Entertainment Limited chairman Mark Chipman speaks during a press conference in Winnipeg, Tuesday May 31, 2011, announcing an NHL franchise returning to the city. The NHL's board of governors unanimously approved the sale today with a vote in New York.

True North, MTS to expand partnership

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True North, MTS to expand partnership

1 minute read Thursday, Jun. 16, 2011

Pierre Blouin would like Winnipeggers who haven't even been born yet to watch NHL hockey at the MTS Centre. The president and CEO of MTS Allstream joined True North Sports & Entertainment executives this morning to announce the expansion of their seven-year partnership.

MTS will retain the naming rights to the downtown arena for the next decade with an option to extend the deal to "well past 2030."

"This is the best type of corporate sponsorship we've ever done," Blouin said.

No financial details were released but it was widely acknowledged that the deal is significantly richer than the $7 million one signed in 2004.

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Thursday, Jun. 16, 2011

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At left, Pierre Blouin, chief executive officer MTS Allstream Inc., and Mark Chipman, chairman of True North Sports and Entertainment.

Coach Ramsay waits for word from Winnipeg

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Coach Ramsay waits for word from Winnipeg

By Ed Tait 2 minute read Friday, Jun. 10, 2011

Craig Ramsay will have to wait at least two more days before finding out whether he has a future with Winnipeg’s NHL hockey team.

Ramsay, the veteran head coach of the Atlanta, spoke to new Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff Thursday night and won’t know of his fate until after the weekend. Cheveldayoff’s hiring was made official on Wednesday and he and assistant GM Craig Heisinger have been making a number of telephone calls since to Atlanta Thrashers’ staff uncertain whether they would be wanted in Winnipeg or not.

“It’s very unnerving not knowing what the future holds,” Ramsay told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday.

Ramsay said Cheveldayoff told him no decision had been made about the Thrashers’ coaching staff, including associate coach John Torchetti, assistant coach Mike Stothers and video coach Tony Borgford,

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Friday, Jun. 10, 2011

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Craig Ramsay, the veteran head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, spoke to new Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff Thursday night and won’t know of his fate until after the weekend.

REPLAY: Andrew Ladd enjoys hockey buzz in Winnipeg

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REPLAY: Andrew Ladd enjoys hockey buzz in Winnipeg

By Ed Tait 3 minute read Thursday, Jun. 9, 2011

He doesn’t have a new contract yet, but Andrew Ladd’s first impressions of Winnipeg and his potential new hockey address were all good.

Ladd, the leading scorer and team captain of the Atlanta Thrashers last season, was in town to meet with new GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and team owner Mark Chipman. And while the actual nuts and bolts on a new deal were apparently not addressed — at least, not yet — the Winnipeg management team has made no secret getting his name on a contract is high atop their list of priorities.

Ladd is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Last year he signed a one-year deal with the Thrashers for $2.35 million to avoid arbitration.

“We haven’t talked (contract) at all,” said Ladd while facing the media in the Manitoba Moose dressing room. “I know they’ve got a lot of things on their plate with the draft coming up and they’re still dealing with staff stuff. It’ll come probably in the next few days I’m sure we’ll start talking and getting going.

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Thursday, Jun. 9, 2011

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Team captain Andrew Ladd appears in front of Manitoba media for the first time Thursday, June 9.

17-minute sprint: tracking the NHL season ticket sell-out

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17-minute sprint: tracking the NHL season ticket sell-out

Compiled by Lindsey Wiebe 0 minute read Saturday, Jun. 4, 2011

Here's a glimpse of the Twitter frenzy surrounding the general sale of Winnipeg's NHL season tickets, which were snapped up in 17 minutes:

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Saturday, Jun. 4, 2011

Here's a glimpse of the Twitter frenzy surrounding the general sale of Winnipeg's NHL season tickets, which were snapped up in 17 minutes:

Thrashers players “excited” to come to Winnipeg

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Thrashers players “excited” to come to Winnipeg

By Ed Tait 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011

Tim Stapleton knows very little about Winnipeg outside of the colour scheme at visitor’s locker room at the MTS Centre. And wouldn’t dare take a quick trivia test about his new hockey home.

But the former Atlanta Thrasher-turned Winnipeg Something-or-Other can’t wait to get here.

“It’s crazy right now, but it’s exciting,” said the 28-year-old centre from his offseason home in Chicago.

“I played against Manitoba when I was in the minors so I know that it was, by far, the best road trip. I don’t know much about the city because we were always in and out of there. But I know the hockey environment was always exciting and the fans are diehards and there’s a great tradition of hockey there with the old Jets.

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Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011

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Atlanta Thrashers centre Tim Stapleton (14) is looking forward to heading to Winnipeg.

Newfoundland may get a new kind of Moose

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Newfoundland may get a new kind of Moose

By Ed Tait 1 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011

Winnipeg’s American Hockey League franchise has found a new home on The Rock.

The St. John’s Telegram is reporting that Danny Williams has reached a tentative agreement with True North Sports and Entertainment that will see Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate set up shop in Newfoundland for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

The newspaper is reporting St. John’s Sports and Entertainment is in meetings to approve an agreement in principle for a lease at Mile One Centre and that a press conference may be called for later this evening.St. John’s last played host to an AHL team in 2004-05, the last year for the St. John’s Maple Leafs.

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Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011

Winnipeg’s American Hockey League franchise has found a new home on The Rock.

The St. John’s Telegram is reporting that Danny Williams has reached a tentative agreement with True North Sports and Entertainment that will see Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate set up shop in Newfoundland for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

The newspaper is reporting St. John’s Sports and Entertainment is in meetings to approve an agreement in principle for a lease at Mile One Centre and that a press conference may be called for later this evening.St. John’s last played host to an AHL team in 2004-05, the last year for the St. John’s Maple Leafs.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

NHL’s return: the day’s top tweets

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NHL’s return: the day’s top tweets

1 minute read Tuesday, May. 31, 2011

A pro wrestler, a Simpsons writer and two NHL players: theirs are among Tuesday's top tweets on the NHL's return to Winnipeg.

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Tuesday, May. 31, 2011

A pro wrestler, a Simpsons writer and two NHL players: theirs are among Tuesday's top tweets on the NHL's return to Winnipeg.

‘Sweet spot?’ Winnipeg NHL tickets to range from $39 to $129

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‘Sweet spot?’ Winnipeg NHL tickets to range from $39 to $129

By Ed Tait 2 minute read Tuesday, May. 31, 2011

WINNIPEG  - Hockey fans expecting sticker shock on NHL ticket prices didn’t have their jaws hit the floor today.

Good thing, as the level of support shown by fans in the province will be critical in gaining approval on the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment (TSNE) by the NHL’s Board of Governors at a meeting in New York on June 21.

Any franchise relocation or sale would need approval of 75 per cent of the league’s owners.

TNSE unveiled a ‘Drive to 13,000’ season-ticket sales campaign, which the organization feels will be an indication of the level of support in the community to the NHL.

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Tuesday, May. 31, 2011

Seating and pricing chart for the new NHL team. The team is launching a drive to sell 13,000 season tickets by June 21.

Atlanta Spirit letter announcing Thrashers sale

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Atlanta Spirit letter announcing Thrashers sale

3 minute read Tuesday, May. 31, 2011

An open letter from owners of the Thrasher about the sale of the team was posted on the Atlanta Business Chronicle website early Tuesday afternoon. 

May 31, 2011

Earlier today, we, along with our partners, signed an asset purchase agreement to sell the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment. If ratified by the NHL, Commissioner Bettman and the league’s Board of Governors, this will result in the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, Canada beginning with the 2011-2012 season.

It’s extremely disappointing to all of us that it became necessary after all other options were exhausted. We want to express our gratitude to you, the fans, for the years of dedication you have offered to the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Tuesday, May. 31, 2011

An open letter from owners of the Thrasher about the sale of the team was posted on the Atlanta Business Chronicle website early Tuesday afternoon. 

May 31, 2011

Earlier today, we, along with our partners, signed an asset purchase agreement to sell the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment. If ratified by the NHL, Commissioner Bettman and the league’s Board of Governors, this will result in the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, Canada beginning with the 2011-2012 season.

It’s extremely disappointing to all of us that it became necessary after all other options were exhausted. We want to express our gratitude to you, the fans, for the years of dedication you have offered to the Atlanta Thrashers.

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