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VIDEO: Winnipeg Jets Fans Gather At Portage And Main After Thrashers Sale Report

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Though a Thursday night report by the Globe and Mail's Stephen Brunt that the Atlanta Thrashers have been sold and will move to Winnipeg was roundly denied by hockey media and Gary Bettman, that didn't stop long-suffering Winnipeg Jets from heading to Portage and Main, the downtown heart of Manitoba's capital, to celebrate what looks like the inevitable return of NHL hockey to their city:

Not to snipe, but if that many fans were gathered to say goodbye to the Thrashers, we'd never hear the end of it. In all seriousness, it's great to see Winnipeg get a hockey team back, though it hurts that it had to be Atlanta's team. We'll always maintain that Atlanta was screwed from the beginning, and that major league hockey could've worked in Atlanta with time and great good committed sentient ownership.

Still ... I may be the only one thinking this, but Thrashers players appear to be in good hands, as far as fanbases go. 

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.