Winnipeg starts in style against venerated Habs

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nothing says 'Welcome Back to the NHL, Winnipeg' quite like this: the Montreal Canadiens on opening night.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nothing says ‘Welcome Back to the NHL, Winnipeg’ quite like this: the Montreal Canadiens on opening night.

True North confirmed early Wednesday evening Winnipeg’s new NHL squad will christen its 2011-12 regular season at the MTS Centre on Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m., against the most-storied franchise in hockey — Le Bleu, Blanc et Rouge, winners of 24 Stanley Cups.

Interestingly, the last NHL game played in Winnipeg — April 28, 1996 — also featured one of the Original Six, as the Jets fell 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in a playoff game.

The NHL will release the full 2011-12 regular-season schedule this afternoon, with the docket of exhibition games to be unveiled earlier in the day.

Winnipeg has inherited the seven-game exhibition schedule from the Atlanta Thrashers, which includes a pre-season contest against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Sept. 26 in Conception Bay South, N.L, which was reported by The Free Press in early June.

— Ed Tait

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Updated on Thursday, June 23, 2011 9:29 AM CDT: Amended name to Conception Bay South

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