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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Well, Thrashers, we hear Winnipeg's real nice this time of year

Canada strikes again.
  • Canada strikes again.

Despite Mayor Kasim Reed's last ditch phone-hitting this morning, It's offishies: the Atlanta Thrashers are history.

ESPN.com reported a few minutes ago:

True North Sports and Entertainment has completed its deal to purchase the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, clearing the way to move them to Winnipeg, a source tells ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

True North has scheduled a news conference for noon ET on Tuesday at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, at which a "significant community announcement" will be made.

Fun fact: this makes Atlanta the first city in the NHL's "modern era" — not sure what that means — to lose two teams (Calgary swiped the Atlanta Flames in 1980).

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