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Tom Glavine Says He's Working To Keep Atlanta Thrashers From Moving

Tom Glavine wants to help keep the Atlanta Thrashers in town, even if that means rallying a team of investors and becoming a partial owner himself, the Atlanta Braves great told 11Alive's Fred Kalil. He says he doesn't want the team to have to leave.

The two-time Cy Young winner, whose No. 47 was retired by the Braves, has plenty of hockey bona fides. He lettered in high school, was drafted in 1984 by the Los Angeles Kings ahead of eventual Hall of Famer Brett Hull, and currently coaches his son's Atlanta minor league team.

With NHL commissioner Gary Bettman saying Wednesday he expects the Thrashers to play in Atlanta next season, the chances of the team moving to Winnipeg or elsewhere look to be shrinking little by little. There's still a long way to go, but Glavine publicly expressing interest will raise local awareness at very least.

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