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Then there were 7

It is now official, Canada will be getting a seventh NHL franchise, Mark Chipman of True North S & E announced, pending approval from the NHL’s board of governors.

It’s been 15 years since the Jets left to Phoenix and the return of the NHL to Manitoba has been long overdue.

It’s amazing that it took so long for the NHL to look north to move one of its struggling franchises. Every game I watch involving Canadian teams are always sold out, it even makes it fun for me to watch from home. To be honest when they would play in places like Atlanta, Phoenix and even in Florida against the Panthers; the lack of emotion from the crowd (or sometime the lack of a crowd) made it hard for me to stay awake, especially on those days when I worked 12 hours.

I’m convinced that the team will survive in the Peg, I also think that this might be the winds of change needed to bring more teams up to Canada. If it works out well next season, it might stir up more interest to bring the NHL back to Quebec, but at this point I can only hope for so much.

Winnipeg must sell 13,000 season tickets before the 21st in order to get the approval of the BG.

I don’t think it will be a problem, and I’m sure that Winnipeg will sell more than the minimum asked by the league. Afterall, it is Canada. Hockey sells up here, even if you have a losing team. We Canadiens love our hockey and can’t get enough of it.


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