So there’s going to be hockey in Winnipeg again. We know this because True North Sports and Entertainment told us a little while ago during a press conference that formally and finally put the seal on the Atlanta Thrashers’ move to Manitoba after weeks of speculation, and reports that were refuted with other reports.
Unbelievably, the now former Thrashers organization ignored the fortress that was crumbling with each passing day, forging ahead with an annual select-a-seat event, and even accepting season ticket purchases until the final hour before today’s presser.
With the future home of the Winnipeg Manitobas (what? I like it…) abundantly clear to evidently everyone expect those employed by the Thrashers, the Interwebs were free this morning to spew a range of emotions, from jubilance to curiosity.
Here’s the best Twitter reactions to the return of NHL hockey to Winnipeg, a list we’ll no doubt be adding to as the day continues:
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan sums up the collective shoulder shrug of the casual American sports fan.
Evander Kane doesn’t like my name idea, and he isn’t a fan of that awesomely original Manitoba Moose name either.
Yeah, that would be just mean.
But what about Andrei Zubarev?
Nostalgia is for hockey cards and wearing the merchandise of defunct NHL teams (no one’s touching my Thrashers hat!).
Wheeler won’t even make it that far. Brian Burke will be staking out the border to nab him for Toronto’s two first round picks this year.
The cup hasn’t been awarded yet? Isn’t the draft like three weeks away?
Winnipeg Housleys? Essensas?
Yankees slugger and former Brave Mark Teixeira is depressed. One day he will fund a new team in Atlanta, barring Tom Glavine from the ownership group out of angst because the Cy Young winner couldn’t keep the Thrashers in the south.
Bettman also brought along a sidekick prepared to hold the city hostage if season ticket expectations aren’t met.
Lastly, here’s what Bettman was really thinking after his failed experiment to establish hockey in a southern market where college football and basketball reign supreme.