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Winnipeg NHL Franchise

True North S & E Completes 'Drive to 13,000'

Saturday, 06.04.2011 / 12:35 PM / Winnipeg NHL Franchise

True North Sports and Entertainment

True North Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the successful completion of their National Hockey League "Drive to 13,000" Season Ticket campaign.

"We would like to take a special moment to thank all of our fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada for their support over the past week, in particular, the overwhelming response of our fans which has resulted in a successful "Drive to 13,000" campaign," said Jim Ludlow, President & CEO, True North Sports & Entertainment.

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Bettman on Winnipeg, relocation and balanced sked

Wednesday, 06.01.2011 / 8:49 PM / Winnipeg NHL Franchise

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed more than just the change from Colin Campbell to Brendan Shanahan in his State of the League address prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are some of the other topics he discussed:

* If the relocation of the Atlanta franchise to Winnipeg is confirmed by the Board of Governors at their meeting on June 21, something Bettman said shouldn't be a problem, the team formerly known as the Thrashers will be play in the Southeast Division for the 2011-12 season with assurances that they will be moved to the Western Conference starting with the 2012-13 season. There is a possibility that the League will go to a more balanced schedule to adhere to the geographic challenges.

* The League's revenues are "certainly within chipping distance" of $3 billion for the 2010-11 season, Bettman said. They were at $2 billion when the League came back from the work stoppage.

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Canucks react to Winnipeg sale

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 10:28 PM / Winnipeg NHL Franchise

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

Since 2001, the Manitoba Moose have been the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. That changed on Tuesday morning with the announcement of the Atlanta Thrashers relocating to Winnipeg.

The relocation is subject to a Board of Governors vote, which will take place on June 21 in New York. There will be two votes that day -- one on the new ownership (True North Sports and Entertainment) and another on the relocation. Transfer of ownership requires a 75 percent vote of approval, while relocation requires a majority vote.
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It's business as usual for Thrashers scouts

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 9:38 PM / Winnipeg NHL Franchise

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Despite the midday news that True North Sports and Entertainment had acquired the Atlanta Thrashers, those industrious scouts donning their usual Thrashers' attire went about their usual business at the NHL Scouting Combine here at the Westin Bristol Place.
 
The sale, the first step toward hockey returning to the city of Winnipeg, is still pending approval by the NHL Board of Governors, which next meets on June 21 in New York.
 
Thrashers Director of Amateur Scouting and Player Development, Dan Marr, spoke to NHL.com on Tuesday following 18 rounds of interviews with many of the top draft-eligible prospects. Nothing has changed for Marr and his group since the announcement was made and, as far as he knows, nothing will.
 
"I've received no instructions to do anything differently so we're here, working on our draft list and preparing for the Entry Draft," he said.
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Winnipeg group has deal to buy, move Thrashers

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 12:22 PM / Winnipeg NHL Franchise

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

"Today, on behalf of my family, our partner David Thomson and our entire organization, I am excited beyond words to announce our purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers. In a sense, I guess you can say True North, our city and our province has received the call we've long since been waiting for." -- True North Chairman Mark Chipman

WINNIPEG -- The National Hockey League took a first step toward returning to the city of Winnipeg with Tuesday's announcement that True North Sports and Entertainment has acquired the Atlanta Thrashers, subject to an approval process by the NHL Board of Governors that will unfold in June.

True North Chairman Mark Chipman made the announcement, accompanied on the podium by prospective new owner David Thomson, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and True North President and CEO Jim Ludlow.

"Today, on behalf of my family, our partner David Thomson and our entire organization, I am excited beyond words to announce our purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers," Chipman said. "In a sense, I guess you can say True North, our city and our province has received the call we've long since been waiting for."
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Winnipeg group calls Tuesday press conference

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 8:24 AM / Winnipeg NHL Franchise

NHL.com

True North Sports and Entertainment, the ownership group reported to be in negotiations to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers and relocate the team to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 NHL season, has called a Tuesday press conference to make a "significant community announcement."

The media event will take place at noon ET at the MTS Centre arena in Winnipeg. NHL.com and NHL Network will carry the press conference live.
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