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article imageNHL approves Winnipeg's original 'Jets' name

By Brandon McPhail     Jun 24, 2011 in Sports
CBC Sports has confirmed that the NHL has approved Winnipeg's new team to go by its old name. After a great deal of speculation, True North Sports and Entertainment will be allowed to use the "Jets" name for Winnipeg's new team.
The news, also reported earlier by TSN, says that the announcement of the team name was to be made in St. Paul Minnesota at tonight's NHL Draft, starting at 7pm.
Over the past months, throngs of hockey fans have made very public pleas for the return of the NHL to Winnipeg. In those crowds, the familiar red, white, and blue of the iconic Jets jersey could be seen on many of the fans. After what seemed to be a rather uneventful acquisition of the Atlanta Thrashers, the sale was officially approved by the NHL Board of Governors to True North Sports and Entertainment on June 21.
The June 21 deadline was given to allow Winnipegers a chance to support their team and purchase at least 13,000 seasons tickets to ensure that there would be an audience for the team. The sales goal of 13,000 seasons tickets was met in just 15 minutes.
It is expected that the official announcement of the team name will take place tonight when Winnipeg General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff steps up to the podium to make the seventh pick that had originally been reserved for the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Jets will have a tough go of it in the upcoming season. The Thrashers did not have a great season last year, with a 34-36-12 record to finish 25th overall. The new Winnipeg team will also be suffering their fair share of jet lag as they will be playing in the Eastern Conference in the South East Division against teams who are all in a different time-zone, one hour ahead of Winnipeg.
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