On this day: The Thrashers leave Atlanta

The Thrashers played their final game in Atlanta on April 10, 2011.

Almost two months later, on May 31, 2011, the announcement came. It was what every fan wanted and hated. 

The Good: After years on infighting, the Thrashers’ ownership group — the Atlanta Spirit, a partnership between nine businessmen from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Boston — had managed to find a buyer.

The Bad: The Thrashers would be forced to move in the sale.

The Thrashers had strong attendance in the early years of the franchise and during its one trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs, a lone postseason in 11 seasons.

Kari Lehtonen. Ilya Kovalchuk. Marian Hossa. They all became household names playing in…

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