Hockey fans cheer as new AHL team officially announced

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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.

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  • Harry Tobin
    June 12, 2011 - 10:23

    We think our new Hockey Team; The Newfoundland Screechers. Newfoundland is known world wide for its screech rum. All tourists come to NL to be screeched in. The screech name could be used as an advertising and marketing tool and the NL name should be used to represent a Provincial team bringing all Newfoundlanders together.

  • stephen b. melamed
    June 11, 2011 - 00:55

    congratulations,danny. a great thing for hockey fans and the business community.

  • paul
    June 10, 2011 - 23:10

    Way to go Danny Williams!! Someone, once again, who isn't afraid to step up to the plate! All of the Danny bashers , the usual whiners who couldn't hold a job let alone do something positive for the province come out of their root cellars to take a swipe at him. Just good to see you have a positive impact on the province. Keep it up despite the lowlife bashers!

  • Hockey fan
    June 10, 2011 - 21:38

    Only one letter to premier Dunderdale in support of an AHL team... where did the other 199 plus supporters at Mile One today come from I wonder !!!!

  • CAPSMAN
    June 10, 2011 - 21:18

    GO CAPS GO!!!

  • laura
    June 10, 2011 - 20:56

    My friend Bernice and i were thrilled to be at Mile One this morning for Danny's announcement,and to see so many people supporting him and the AHL If anyone can do it DANNY can, A Proud Newfoundlander

  • nik
    June 10, 2011 - 18:03

    Beat that one Kathy Dunderdale !!!! lol

  • FAN
    June 10, 2011 - 18:01

    Great job! I just hope that Mr. Williams will chose a name that is fitting to all of Newfoundland and Labrador and not just St. John's. It would encourage more people to travel to the city to support their team. A Win Win situation for the AHL team, local business and hockey fans.

  • PHILIP
    June 10, 2011 - 13:45

    WAY TO GO DANNY BYE. NL BACK IN AHL. RIGHT ON ST. JOHNS...

  • Jean
    June 10, 2011 - 12:27

    Congratulations to all who worked so hard on this project...I have no doubt it will be successful...just one small request...At the opening game, please exclude provincial govt. members..

    • William B
      June 10, 2011 - 14:08

      I attended today and not one person from Provincial Government was there that I could see...the way it should be...

  • Tilley
    June 10, 2011 - 12:15

    Maybe this will be Dannys legacy. Anything he did as Premier sure as hell wont be. Who will old Danny bash now. We all know he has to be in a squabble with someone. Stay tuned tax payers the best is yet to come.

  • nl fan
    June 10, 2011 - 11:36

    way to go danny. we'll do everything to shut up the few naysayers that are there. to the guy who said i give it two years. i bet you never go outside the door. loser