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Winnipeg NHL Franchise Releases Pre-Season Schedule; Thrashers Fans Have Two Chances To Road Trip

Some Thrashers fans have expressed interest in seeing their team (or what once was their team) play next season, presumably for one more chance to wear the jersey and give themselves a chance to say goodbye to their team as a whole - a chance that the sale situation didn't afford Thrasher fans at all.

These fans are in luck - the Winnipeg franchise (whose website is fairly bleak considering it's decorated in NHL black and silver) released their pre-season schedule today. Two teams nearby will be their opponents - the Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators. Here's the schedule; plan road trips accordingly.

Winnipeg 2011 NHL Pre-Season Schedule


Date Opponent Venue Time (all times central)

September 20 Columbus Blue Jackets (ss) MTS Centre 7:30 p.m.

September 20 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (ss) Nationwide Arena 6:30 p.m.

September 24 @ Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 7:00 p.m.

September 25 @ Carolina Hurricanes Time Warner Cable Arena 4:00 p.m.
(Charlotte, NC)

September 26 @ Ottawa Senators Conception Bay South, NLTBA

September 28 Carolina Hurricanes MTS Centre 7:30 p.m.

September 30 Nashville Predators MTS Centre 7:30 p.m.

Personally, I would much rather not drive four to seven hours to see the team that I supported for eleven years wearing another jersey, but that's just me. How much emotional discomfort an individual wants to foist upon themselves is their own personal business.

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