AHL’s return to St. John’s will be made official today

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Ticket pricing expected to be revealed, but nickname probably won’t be announced

The official announcement on St. John’s newest American Hockey League franchise will come 11 o’clock morning at a Mile One Centre news conference.

Craig Heisinger, the senior vice-president and director of hockey operations/assistant GM for the new Winnipeg NHL club, will join Danny Williams, Glenn Stanford and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment chairman Gerry Smith in unveiling the new St. John’s AHL team.

St. John’s will be the farm club of the not-yet-named Winnipeg club. The nickname for the new St. John’s team is not expected to be revealed today.

Williams is leasing the former Manitoba Moose from True North Sports and Entertainment. True North last week officially purchased the Atlanta Thrashers NHL team and will be relocating it to Winnipeg for the start of the 2011-12 NHL season.

The Moose have been part of the AHL since 2001-02, playing out of the old Winnipeg Arena and the MTS Centre, which will be home to the new NHL club.

With the re-emergence of the NHL in Winnipeg, True North is transferring its AHL club to Newfoundland.

Heisinger will be the St. John’s general manager, while Stanford will be the director of operations, a position he held with the St. John’s Maple Leafs for the 14 years that club was part of the AHL.

Ticket pricing for St. John’s is expected to be announced this morning.

Mile One will be open to the public for the announcement.

Organizations: American Hockey League, NHL, Manitoba Moose True North Sports MTS Centre Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Winnipeg

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Recent comments

  • Ken Myers
    June 10, 2011 - 11:56

    I wonder if the AHL will go back to having more teams in the Maritimes like in Halifax, Sydney (Cape Breton), Moncton, etc. Right now, it's crazy with teams in Abbotsford, BC, Oklahoma City, the Dallas burbs, San Antonio. The AHL got like the IHL before they folded. Yes, I'm old enough to remember when the teams like Hershey and Binghamton would make their Maritime trips before the winter weather would get crazy.

  • Harry
    June 10, 2011 - 11:17

    if not Moose then name them the Growlers!!!

  • Darrell
    June 10, 2011 - 11:01

    I think they should be called the Newfoundland and Labrador Growlers why should it be just called the St John's whatever's isn't this a team for Newfoundland or does Newfoundland stop at the overpass.

  • Steve-O
    June 10, 2011 - 10:30

    I'm going to support this team no matter what but, its not going to be Washington's farm team, choose a name that represents the province not just our city. Thanks, Plus Caps in this city was for senior hockey we were the Caps but this is a north america league and the last time I looked Washington is the capital in the US and Ottawa is the capital in Canada. Use Ice, Sea or Salt and Pepper Caps or something in front of Caps to give it a double meaning for tradition and for people who don't know the tradition of Caps hockey in Newfoundland and for AHL fans on the Mainland that wouldn't get that we are not Washingtons farm team, that would be the best. But regardless I will support no matter what there called.

  • Tanner
    June 10, 2011 - 10:23

    Congrats guys! Glad to see our gain of an NHL team could in turn get hockey back in St Johns! Treat our guys well

    June 10, 2011 - 08:37

    GO CAPS GO!!!!

    • phil
      June 10, 2011 - 10:13

      How about the St. John's Ocean Rangers, as a tribute!