A decade of video games for the Thrashers that flashed by right away, eh?
I bear in mind the 12 months they got here to the league. I used to go to a pub after hockey observe within the 90s (to get hen nuggets…I used to be like 10 and hockey observe ended at 6pm, haha). In 1999/2000, Labatt’s was placing these mini Stanley cups of their beer instances, so the pub had them lined up in a case on the wall. I might by some means missed the information concerning the 1999 growth groups till seeing these cups so clearly my thoughts was blown you can simply add franchises to the league at random. Cue prolonged discussions with my hockey elders about how Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose and others have been all expansions as properly.
Anyway, I nonetheless discover it exhausting to consider the Thrashers have been within the league for so long as they have been. In my thoughts they have been the brand new child on the block and have been gone earlier than lengthy, however technically they held on in Atlanta till 2010.
I suppose as a result of I have been extra proactive about watching hockey because the franchise turned again to the Jets, it feels just like the Jets have truly been round longer.