Winnipeg Gets Its Team Back

A press conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. today to announce that the Atlanta Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg lost its NHL team in 1996 when it moved to Phoenix. Since that time, however, the strengthening Canadian dollar, a strong ownership group and a new arena in Winnipeg have changed things.

Winnipeg is expected to remain in the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference for one season.

UND’s Jason Gregoire is set to become a free agent soon. It will be interesting to see if the hometown team is one considered by Gregoire.

UND has another connection to the Winnipeg team. The chairman of True North, the group purchasing the Thrashers, is Mark Chipman — who played football for the Sioux and earned undergraduate and law degrees from UND.

6 Responses

  1. Bis-Man Sioux Fan

    I would hope in the future Ralph Engelstad Arena could regularly host an exhibition game in the early fall of the new Manitoba NHL team.

  2. Sioux-per-man

    How much fun would that be for Gregoire to play for his Home team. I would travel to Winnipeg just to watch him play for the “Jets”.

    Brad when does the “bidding” begin for Jason?

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