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NHL board approves Thrashers' move to Winnipeg

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly scrums with the media in Winnipeg Thursday June 09, 2011.

Credits: BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

PAUL FRIESEN | QMI AGENCY

The NHL board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg's True North Sports and Entertainment.

At the same time, the league approved the relocation of the franchise to Canada during meetings in New York, Tuesday.

The approval of new owners Mark Chipman and David Thomson required the blessing of 75% of governors, while the relocation needed a simple majority.

True North purchased the financially troubled Thrashers for a reported $170 million three weeks ago.

Winnipeg will play in the Southeast Division for one season, before moving to the Northwest in a league realignment in 2012.

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