Hundreds of people cheered at Mile One Centre this morning as Danny Williams officially announced an American Hockey League franchise for St. John’s.
Williams was joined by Craig Heisinger, the senior vice-president and director of hockey operations/assistant GM for the new Winnipeg NHL club, Glenn Stanford and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment chairman Gerry Smith.
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.
More details to come.