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Winnipeg decides on familiar Jets for name

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, June 25, 2011
 

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Winnipeg's new team will take off as the Jets.

The Atlanta Thrashers are no more, having moved north across the border earlier this month. The name change was announced Friday night by team chairman Mark Chipman at the NHL Draft, just before the Jets took center Mark Scheifele with the seventh pick in the first round.

The original Jets joined the NHL in 1979 after the World Hockey Association folded. They played in Manitoba until 1996, when the franchise moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave a "special welcome back" to the Winnipeg fans as he introduced the draft, prompting cheers and "Go Jets go!" chants from fans wearing white T-shirts with the old red-and-blue Jets logo.

Claude Noel was named as the new head coach of the Jets earlier Friday.

Noel was an interim head coach in the NHL with Columbus. He coached the AHL's Manitoba Moose last season, leading them to a 43-40-1-6 record.

Flyers set to turn page

A day after trading star forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, the Philadelphia Flyers focused on the future.

Emerging young forwards James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux figure to be big parts of it.

"I'm embracing this challenge," van Riemsdyk said. "This is the kind of stuff you live for as a player. You kind of live to be put in that role. You want to take it and run with it."

Veteran defenseman Chris Pronger likely will replace Richards as captain. Richards never felt comfortable in the role, leaving general manager Paul Holmgren to scold the team, or Danny Briere to rally them like he did in the playoffs.

"I think we just needed more life in the locker room," Pronger said. "It all has to do with your play on the ice. If you're playing well on the ice, there's never any questions as to who's doing what, or is there a rift, does this guy like that guy, and all of the rest of the stuff that gets thrown out."

 

 
 


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