- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2011

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA (AP) - Fans in Winnipeg are showing just how excited they are to have NHL hockey back, helping the club hit its goal of 13,000 season tickets sold in a matter of minutes.

In announcing its purchase and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers this week, True North Sports and Entertainment said it hoped to sell 13,000 season tickets before the NHL Board of Governors votes to approve the transaction on June 21.

The tickets sold out Saturday in just 17 minutes, but the company said the online queue was full in two minutes. The remaining 15 minutes were required to process the sales.

For the previous three days, only the 2,000 or so fans who had season tickets to the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose could buy seats for the NHL team. As of Friday, those fans bought more than 7,100 season tickets.

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