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11-20-2012, 12:06 PM
Holden Caulfield
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Originally Posted by thom View Post
I like Winnipeg but can someone tell me why the thompson family bought the jets but did not buy the Toronto Maple leafs?
David Thomson has a long standing relationship with Mark Chipman, they have worked together for many years. They have owned TNSE for quite some time, and have been working together to secure an NHL franchise for Winnipeg dating back to at least 07 on a serious level. So there's that.

Also, the Leafs were not put on the market until AFTER the Jets had been acquired.

I believe that in the past David Thomson did own a small part of the Leafs while OTPP owned the majority stake, but he sold it when the chance to own the Jets came up with Chipman.

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