BY: Bruce Berlet
As expected, the Manitoba Moose are no more.
The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors unanimously approved on Friday the relocation of the franchise owned by True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, for next season.
The move has been rumored since True North began making overtures to purchase the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg weeks ago. True North and the Atlanta Spirit Group, which owns the Thrashers, finalized the sale May 31, and formal approval is expected when the NHL Board of Governors meet June 21 in New York.
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BY: Bruce Berlet
After a 15-year absence, the NHL is returning to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
After weeks of denial by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and other league officials, True North Sports and Entertainment announced a conditional purchase of the financially strapped Atlanta Thrashers. Lawyers worked through the night on deal, with the final piece put in place Tuesday morning. Bettman told reporters at a news conference in Winnipeg that he took a conference call with the principles at 4:30 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday.
True North, headed by billionaire David Thomson and Mark Chipman, negotiated with the Atlanta Spirit Group to buy the Thrashers, who reportedly lost more than $300 million since 2005. Thomson is Canada’s richest man and chairman of the news and information company Thomson Reuters. Chipman’s family owns auto dealerships and real estate in Manitoba, and Chipman is governor of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and former chairman of the executive committee of the AHL Board of Governors.
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BY: Bruce Berlet
The Manny Malhotra Miracle Saga took another major positive step Saturday.
And the former Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers forward had a difficult time hiding his emotions in his first media interview since a deflected puck to his left eye in a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 16 seemingly ended his season and threatened his career.
Instead, the Vancouver Canucks center was cleared to play in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins that begin Wednesday night in Vancouver, improving his status from a spiritual leader to a possible contributor for pro hockey’s most cherished prize.
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