THUNDER BAY – The Winnipeg Jets have announced that their American Hockey League franchise is re-locating from St. John’s to Winnipeg and will play in the MTS Centre for the 2015-2016 season.
The move has excited fans in Winnipeg who were fans of the Manitoba Moose, the AHL franchise that used to be in the city.
True North Sports & Entertainment Limited, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, today announced plans to relocate the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club from St. John’s, NL to Winnipeg, MB for the beginning of the 2015-16 hockey season.
The move has Winnipeg businesses excited. Restaurants and bars in downtown Winnipeg report business increases by up to 40% when there are sports events on at the MTS Centre.
The move could have impact on plans to move the AHL franchise to Thunder Bay. The City has been working with a sports consortium to have that AHL franchise as a major tenant of a proposed Event Centre in the city.