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When Philips Arena first opened, my good friend who left the Georgia Dome, and went on to work for Philips Arena would take me to see the new hockey team in Atlanta, and the first team since the Atlanta Flames had left the Omni. In 2003 the process began for the sale of the Hawks and Thrashers to Atlanta Spirit.
I was lucky enough to work for the Thrashers, skate (and skate again, and break my arm) on their ice. See them clinch their first ever playoffs (missed working Playoffs due to above 100 temperature). Work, attend our hosted 2008 NHL All-Star game in Atlanta at Philips Arena. Wear the Thrashers jersey. It does hurt that something we worked so hard on, now moves on to Winnepeg.
I will miss the Thrashers, and today is a sad day for Atlanta…
I will remember Dan Kamal’s Calls,
Seeing Thrash-Heart during my first years seeing the team,
My first Thrashers jersey (my first NHL jersey was the Tampa Bay Lightning, since we had no team, and that was the closest),
Listening to them on 680 the Fan, 790 the Zone, then 680 the Fan again, XM Radio,
From AP and ESPN.com News services.
True North Sports and Entertainment has completed its deal to purchase the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, clearing the way to move them to Winnipeg.
True North announced the deal at a news conference Tuesday at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the arena the team will call home next season, pending league approval.
This song sums up how I feel…if you’ve seen the movie, think of that scene…it helps.