Atlanta Thrashers

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Team owner Bruce Levenson says Thrashers not moving from Atlanta - The Canadian Press
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Thrashers have had "several inquiries" from possible investors, but have not had talks about moving the team. One of the team's owners, Washington businessman Bruce Levenson, said Monday "there is no truth to the rumour" the...
Passion For Atlanta's Hockey History Is Still Aflame – Pt. II - Atlanta Journal Constitution
I'd like to see one of the party suits on either side…take it and place on the left side an Atlanta Flames logo…on the right side an Atlanta Thrashers logo…right in the middle an NHL Alumni logo”. He went on to describe how each team's general managers...
Shirtless Bruins kid's season comes to an abrupt end - National Post
He also did it last October when the Atlanta Thrashers were in town. (Though, was it necessary to go to all that trouble? They are, after all, just the Atlanta Thrashers). He was named the fan of the game that night (video is here)....
Group wants to move Atlanta Thrashers to Hamilton - Toronto Star
HAMILTON – A Vancouver-based hockey group is interested in relocating the financially-troubled Atlanta Thrashers to Hamilton, the Spectator has learned. Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger is expected to meet with the second hockey group on Monday....
Let's Not Give Up On Hockey Just Yet - FanHouse
The dire situation in Phoenix, as well as the rumors surrounding the future of the Atlanta Thrashers, make it easy to point at the NHL and laugh for ever thinking it could have two viable franchises in Florida, or one in Atlanta or Phoenix,...
History and crime engross Thrashers goalie Hedberg - Atlanta Journal Constitution
By Tom Sabulis On Atlanta Thrashers road trips, you can often find goalie Johan Hedberg relaxing and killing time with a book. With the hockey season over, AJC staffer Tom Sabulis caught up with the Swedish native, who turned 36 on Tuesday,...
Atlanta's Hockey History Is Still Aflame - Pt. I - Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Eliot then says, 'All I know is the Atlanta Spirit and the Atlanta Thrashers down here have done everything they can do to get these guys involved…but they just don't seem to want to get involved”. And what was your reaction to that statement, Tim?...
Force behind Flames relocation sets sights on Thrashers - Vancouver Sun
He is still regarded as the driving force behind the relocation of the original Atlanta Flames to Calgary in 1980. Forget about his sporting failures with the WHA Indianapolis Racers, the CFL Montreal Alouettes and BC Lions, or soccer's Memphis Rogues...
We'd feel deprived if we lost Thrashers - Atlanta Journal Constitution
It would be a negative for the city since we try to show that Atlanta is a 'major league town.' Unfortunately, most of the blame would have to go on the backs of the owners (or the Seven Stooges).” Jeffrey T. Cape: “I wouldn't miss the Thrashers a bit...
Coyotes, Thrashers In Canada: Best NHL Story Since Sean Avery - Bleacher Report
The latest news concerning the Coyotes and Balsillie also involves the Atlanta Thrashers, the NHL, and a second group in Toronto that wants an NHL team. 1. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL controls Coyotes. 2. A North Toronto group wants...

Atlanta Thrashers

Atlanta Thrashers

The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the team's inception, their home games have been played at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The Thrashers have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs once in their seven seasons in the NHL, during the 2006-07 season.

Atlanta was awarded a NHL franchise on June 25, 1997. This marked a return to Atlanta, Georgia by the NHL. The old Atlanta Flames team departed for Calgary in 1980 and became the Calgary Flames.

The nickname "Thrashers", after Georgia's state bird, the brown thrasher, was selected from a fan poll. "Thrashers" had actually been runner-up to "Flames" for Atlanta's first NHL team and Philips Arena, the Thrashers' new home, was built on the site of the former Omni, which had been home to the Flames.

The newly-formed Thrashers selected Patrik Štefan with the first overall selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. They played their first game on October 2, 1999, losing 4–1 to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the New Jersey Devils. Captain Kelly Buchberger scored the franchise's first goal in the loss.

On September 21, 2003, the team was sold to a group of Atlanta Spirit, LLC by Time Warner, along with the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta Spirit consists of Bruce Levenson, Ed Pestkowitz, Rutherford Seydel, Beau Turner, Michael Gearon, Sr., Michael Gearon, Jr., Felix Riccio and Steve Belkin. That same month brought tragedy as just eight days later, star forward Dany Heatley crashed his Ferrari in a one-car accident that seriously injured him (broken jaw and arm, sprained wrist, torn ACL and MCL) and severely injured Thrashers center Dan Snyder, who died five days later due to infection stemming from the accident. The Thrashers dedicated their 2003–04 NHL season in Snyder's memory. Heatley's blood alcohol content was far below the legal limit, but his combination of speeding (he was driving an estimated 80 miles per hour) and recklessness led to criminal charges (eventually settled with three years' probation and a penalty of community service).

Thrashers players wore black patches with Snyder's number, 37, on their jerseys. At the end of the season, Heatley requested a trade for personal reasons. Heatley was traded to Ottawa in a move that brought Marian Hossa, a four-time 30 goal scorer at the time of the trade, to Atlanta. At the end of the 06–07 season, Hossa had made his mark as the first Thrasher to score 100 points in one season, eclipsing Ilya Kovalchuk's franchise record of 98 points.

The Thrashers clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in team history in the 2006–2007 season, while also capturing the first division championship in franchise history. They were swept 4–0 in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Rangers.

Led by captain Shawn McEachern, the Thrashers jumped quickly out of the gate with some notable highlights. Ilya Kovalchuk scored eight goals in the first seven games, including two hat tricks, one in a 7–2 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks and another in a come-from-behind victory against the Nashville Predators. Those comeback victories became a recurring sight throughout the season, including shocking upsets against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins, and the Ottawa Senators, as well as wins from games against the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders.

Eleven games into the season, the Thrashers were alone in first place atop both the Southeast Division the NHL. Although they continued to play well, they could not keep up with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, or other teams in the league. The absence of Heatley and a lack of depth started to appear. Boxing Day 2003 marked both a bright and dark day for the Thrash. On that day, Heatley skated for the first time since his car accident with Snyder, but it also marked the last win for the Thrashers before an extended losing streak. From December 28 to February 11 the Thrashers went a dismal 1–17–3. However, fans were entertained regardless of the team's struggles. Kovalchuk became only the second Thrashers' player to score in the NHL All-Star Game (after Heatley), an exciting overtime 4–1 win against the Vancouver Canucks.

While the Thrashers' playoff hopes were done for the year, they still played on and ended up finishing second in the Southeast Division and tenth in the Eastern Conference, only a handful of wins away from the playoffs. Kovalchuk ended up tying for the league lead in goals (41) with Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen started his NHL career with four wins in four starts, including one shutout.

Before the start of the 2005–06 season, the Thrashers picked up many veteran players in the hopes of making the playoffs for the first time. They signed Mike Dunham, Peter Bondra, Bobby Holik, Jaroslav Modry, and Scott Mellanby. They traded Dany Heatley on August 23, 2005, to the Ottawa Senators, in a blockbuster deal for forward Marian Hossa and defenseman Greg de Vries.

The 2005–06 season saw the Thrashers win a club-record 41 games, even with numerous goaltending injuries. Only a few minutes into the first game of the season, Lehtonen pulled his groin, an injury that would keep him out for a good portion of the season. Veteran backup Mike Dunham, an experienced number-one net minder, stepped in, but also promptly injured himself only a few games later; this left only prospects Michael Garnett and Adam Berkhoel to mind the nets. Journeyman goalie Steve Shields was signed, but he too was injured within ten games. On April 6, Lehtonen was run into by Tampa Bay's Chris Dingman, injuring him yet again. The remainder of the season was left to Dunham. Garnett was injured in a game against the Washington Capitals. Dunham, who had started the game but was relieved by the young rookie after poor play, was forced back into action in the third period.

The Atlanta Thrashers 2006–07 Season began with the highest expectations in franchise history, even with the offseason loss of their second leading scorer, Marc Savard to the Boston Bruins. Veteran center, Steve Rucchin, Niko Kapanen, and Jon Sim were acquired in hopes help fill the Savard loss. With NHL superstars Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk and a healthy goaltender, Kari Lehtonen, the Thrashers clinched the first playoff berth and won the the Southeast Division claiming the #3 seed and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. However, they were eliminated from the playoffs on April 18th, being swept by the New York Rangers in four straight games in the Quarterfinals.

October 13, 2006, the first official event on the new SportSouth was a National Hockey League game between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Thrashers ended up losing 4–3, giving the Hurricanes their first win of the season. On April 24, 2007, team captain Scott Mellanby announced his retirement. On October 17, coach Bob Hartley was fired after an 0–6 start.

January 27, 2008, The NHL All-Star Game was played for the first time in Philips Arena matching the Eastern Conference All-Stars vs. the Western Conference All-Stars with the East winning 8–7 on former Thrasher Marc Savard scoring the game winner late in the third period. Savard spurned Atlanta for a 2–year deal with Boston after the 2005–06 season but was cheered on by the crowd the entire night. The game was originally scheduled for the 2004–05 season but due to the lockout, 2008 was the next available date.

November 3, 2008, A Maryland court will begin proceedings on February 17th, to decide the fate of the Thrashers' ownership. A dispute between Steve Belkin and his seven fellow owners dates back to 2005. Belkin claims the other owners breached their contract, giving him the right to buy them out at cost, while his counterparts say they should be able to buy out Belkin's 30-percent stake.

The current team colors are ice blue, navy blue, red, and gold. In 2003, the NHL decided to switch home and road jerseys. In 2007, Reebok came out with the new jerseys. It is now called a RBK EDGE jersey, and the piping has only changed for the Thrasher's jerseys. Atlanta unveiled its new third jersey, red with white and gold trim on October 10, 2008.

The team's mascot is Thrash, a Brown Thrasher.

The Thrashers are one of the few teams in the NHL that uses a dance squad, Atlanta's is called The Blue Crew.

Updated March 4, 2009.

Hall of Famers: Currently, no member of the Thrashers has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

The Atlanta Thrashers are broadcast on cable television on SportSouth, which is available in many Deep South states. Until October 13, 2006, SportSouth was known as Turner South. In 2006-07, the channel will broadcast about 75% of the team's schedule. Outside of the league's contract with NBC, the team has no broadcast (over-the-air) TV contract; thus, games are only available on television to fans with cable or satellite.

Radio coverage includes play-by-play of all games on 680 The Fan -- an AM sports station in Atlanta. The station is the flagship of a network that includes 18 stations. Most are in Georgia, but there are two affiliates in South Carolina and one in Scottsboro, Alabama.

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List of Atlanta Thrashers head coaches

The Thrashers have played their home games at the Philips Arena since their inaugural season.

The Atlanta Thrashers are an American professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL in 1999 as an expansion team. The Thrashers have played their home games at the Philips Arena since their inaugural season. The Thrashers are owned by Atlanta Spirit, LLC, and former head coach of the Thrashers; Don Waddell is their general manager.

There have been four head coaches for the Thrashers franchise. The team's first head coach was Curt Fraser, who coached for three seasons. Bob Hartley is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (291), the most regular-season game wins (136), the most regular-season points (309), and the most playoff games coached (4). All of the Thrashers head coaches except for Hartley have spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the Thrashers. John Anderson has been the head coach of the Thrashers since 2008.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2007–08 season.

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List of Atlanta Thrashers players

Shown here with the Ottawa Senators, Dany Heatley spent the first three years of his NHL career with the Thrashers.

The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Thrashers joined the NHL in 1999 as an expansion franchise, and over 150 players have won a Thrashers uniform since that time. The Thrashers won the Southeast Division and reached the playoffs for the first time in team history in 2006–07.

As of the end of the 2007–08 season, Ilya Kovalchuk is the franchise leader in goals scored (254), assists (212), points (466) and games (466). Early in 2009, Kovalchuck was named the seventh captain in franchise history. Kari Lehtonen leads the franchise in most goaltending categories, including gamesp played (158), wins (75) and shutouts (11).

Statistics are complete to the end of the 2007–08 NHL season.

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2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers season

The 2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers season is the 9th season of the franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Thrashers will attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2006–07 season.

Updated March 4, 2009.

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2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers season

The 2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers season began on October 5, 2007. It is the Atlanta Thrashers' 7th season in the National Hockey League.

Starting off 0–6, the Thrashers fired coach Bob Hartley on October 17, 2007, replaced on an interim basis by the general manager Don Waddell.

A year after winning the Southeast Division, the Thrashers failed to qualify for the playoffs.

The Thrashers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Atlanta's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.

Atlanta will pick 3rd in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings, after failing to move up in the draft lottery. The Thrashers will also have the first round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins, received in the trade for Marian Hossa.

The Gwinnett Gladiators are the Thrashers East Coast Hockey League affiliate.

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Source : Wikipedia