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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (L) talks with True North Sports and Entertainment Chairman Mark Chipman as they attend a news conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 31, 2011. Canada reclaimed one of its lost NHL franchises on Tuesday when the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment and relocated to Winnipeg, triggering wild celebrations in the Prairie city. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (Fred Greenslade/Reuters)
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (L) talks with True North Sports and Entertainment Chairman Mark Chipman as they attend a news conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 31, 2011. Canada reclaimed one of its lost NHL franchises on Tuesday when the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment and relocated to Winnipeg, triggering wild celebrations in the Prairie city. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (Fred Greenslade/Reuters)

Bettman hints NHL cool to more Canadian franchises Add to ...

While Winnipeg celebrated the return of the NHL on Tuesday, league commissioner Gary Bettman warned the move should not be seen as a sign that more teams could be moving to Canada.

News that the cash-strapped Atlanta Thrashers had been sold to True North Sports and Entertainment and relocated to Winnipeg, sparked a burst of national pride as the hockey-mad country reclaimed one of its lost franchises that some believed was gone forever.

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