10 years since purchase of Atlanta Thrashers paved way for Winnipeg Jets return
Winnipeg hockey supporters rally in Winnipeg, following the announcement that an NHL team will be returning to the city after 15 years on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (David Lipnowski / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
WINNIPEG -- It's been 10 years to the day since the return of the Winnipeg Jets was made official.
On May 31, 2011, True North Sports and Entertainment announced it had reached an agreement to purchase the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers—paving the way for the return of the Winnipeg Jets.
It had been more than a decade since the Jets left the city after playing a final playoff game on April 28, 1996—a game they lost 4-1 against Detroit.
With True North's announcement, the city's 15-year hiatus from the NHL came to an end, with the team officially reclaiming the name of the Winnipeg Jets less than a month later in June 2011.
CTV News previously reported within minutes of the team's new name being leaked, 'Winnipeg Jets' was among Twitter's top trending topics.
The name was released in the 2011 NHL draft when Winnipeg picked forward Mark Scheifele seventh overall.
The debut of the Winnipeg Jets '2.0' was on October 9, 2011—facing off against the Montréal Canadiens.
In the decade since, the Winnipeg Jets have made it to the playoffs five times. This includes the Jets' current playoff run, coming off a four-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers.
The second round for the Jets starts on Wednesday, June 2.
-with files from CTV's Jon Hendricks and The Canadian Press