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True North brings Manitoba Moose back to Winnipeg

05/04/2015 10:50 EDT | Updated 05/04/2016 05:12 EDT
The Manitoba Moose are back.

The Winnipeg Jets ownership group, True North Sports and Entertainment, announced Monday that the return of its American Hockey League affiliate to the city will also mark the return of the Moose name.

The team spent the past four years in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, as the IceCaps.

It was announced in March this year that the team would relocate to the Manitoba capital for the 2015-16 season. What wasn't known yet, was the team's name.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said having the farm team so close by will help players make the shift to the NHL a little smoother.

True North executive chairman Mark Chipman said it will be rewarding to be "developing our own players in front of our own fans."

Before moving to St. John's in 2011, the team was known as the Manitoba Moose. During their 15-year tenure in Winnipeg (1996-2011), the Moose captured two division championships and a conference championship.

Owned by True North, the team was brought in after the original NHL Jets left the city in 1996.

The Moose moved to St. John's when True North purchased and relocated the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg in 2011. The Thrashers were renamed the Jets, while the Moose were renamed the IceCaps and ​became Jets' farm team.

In March, it was announced the Montreal Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, would be moving to St. John's, which opened the door for True North to bring the IceCaps closer to home.

Cheveldayoff said both the Jets and Moose will play their games at the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

Ticket prices

The average individual game ticket to see the Moose will be $19.63, which is actually cheaper than the $22 average back in 2011.

Prices vary depending on whether the seats are in the lower or upper bowls.

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