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BY JAKE THIELEN
Canadian Thanksgiving might not have been until Monday, but last weekend thousands of hockey-loving Canadians got to give thanks a little early. Sunday, Oct. 9, marked the return of the Winnipeg Jets to the NHL after a 15-year hiatus.
In May, the NHL announced that the Atlanta Thrashers had been sold to a group that had planned to move the team to Winnipeg for the 2011-2012 season and beyond. Winnipeg had been without an NHL team since the old Jets moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes following the 1995-1996 season.
The return of the Jets was obviously a huge event for the people of Winnipeg, as the MTS Center is already sold out for all Jets games for the next couple years.
It’s no surprise then that the team’s home opener Sunday against Montreal resulted in a media frenzy. News organizations from all over Canada covered the game, and it was shown on NHL Network in the U.S.
In addition, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in attendance at the ...
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