14 Facts About Atlanta Thrashers


Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta.

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The birth of the new franchise marked NHL hockey's return to Georgia, as the Atlanta Thrashers Flames, established in 1972, departed for Canada in 1980 to become the Calgary Flames.

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Newly formed Atlanta Thrashers selected Patrik Stefan with the first overall selection and Luke Sellars with their 30th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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Atlanta Thrashers had the second overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft; this draft brought better results, as the player chosen with that pick, Dany Heatley, went on to become one of the team's best players.

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The Atlanta Thrashers had two Thrasher bird heads that faced opposite to the scoreboard.

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Atlanta Thrashers eventually received three years' probation and community service.

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Those comeback victories became a recurring sight throughout the season, as Atlanta Thrashers pulled off stunning upsets over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, as well as wins against the Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders.

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Eleven games into the season, the Atlanta Thrashers were in first place in the Southeast Division and the NHL.

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Atlanta Thrashers was eventually swapped to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries.

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The Atlanta Thrashers ended the season with only 76 points, finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.

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Atlanta Thrashers received defenseman Johnny Oduya, rookie forward Niclas Bergfors, junior prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Salmela; the teams traded second-round selections in 2010.

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The Atlanta Thrashers received Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu in exchange for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin, the Devils' first-round pick in 2010 and the Devils' second-round pick in 2010.

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Later, the Atlanta Thrashers traded for Blackhawk Andrew Ladd while sending prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy and a draft pick to Chicago.

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Atlanta Thrashers were broadcast on cable television on SportSouth and Fox Sports South.

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