Atlanta Thrashers, professional
ice hockey team and one of five teams in the
Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference
of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Thrashers play at Philips
Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and wear uniforms
of blue, copper, red, and gold. The team’s
name is taken from the brown thrasher, the state
bird of Georgia.
On June 25, 1997, the NHL officially
awarded expansion team franchises to Atlanta;
Saint Paul, Minnesota; Columbus, Ohio; and Nashville,
Tennessee. The company that owns the Thrashers,
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., also owns
the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball
Association (NBA) and the Atlanta Braves of
major league baseball.
Stan Kasten, who is also president
of the Hawks and the Braves, is president of
the Thrashers. Before the start of their inaugural
1999-2000 season, the Thrashers filled their
roster with players selected in a series of
# June 25, 1997: The NHL awards
the city of Atlanta an expansion franchise to
begin play in the 1999-2000 NHL regular season.
February 16, 1998: The
Atlanta Hockey Club, Inc. announces the "Thrashers"
as the official name of the team.
April 23, 1998: The Atlanta
Thrashers unveil their official team logo in
an NHL-first live Internet launch and simultaneously
at the CNN Center in Atlanta.
May, 8, 1998: The Thrashers
began converting deposits to season tickets.
June 23, 1998: Don Waddell named
as the club's general manager. Waddell, the
second youngest GM in the NHL at 39, comes to
the club from the two-time defending Stanley
Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, where he served
as assistant general manager for the 1997-98
August 10, 1998: Waddell names
Bob Owen Director of Player Evaluation and Development.
Owen, 48, joins the Thrashers after establishing
RHO Hockey, North America's first independent
professional scouting service.
Nov. 25, 2003: Unveiled third
jersey at the team's morning skate prior to
game against Ottawa at Philips Arena.
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