Atlanta Thrashers

2005 Atlanta Thrashers

The Atlanta Thrashers are not only one of the NHL's newest franchises, but also one of its most exciting. With such players as Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov leading the way, coach Bob Hartley looks forward to taking the Thrashers to the playoffs for the first time in 2005-06.

The Thrashers began play in 1999, the same year downtown Atlanta saw the completion of the Philips Arena, one of the most sophisticated facilities in the NHL. Designed specifically for the Thrashers as well as the NBA Hawks, it offers unparalleled sightlines and state-of-the-art amenities.

The Thrashers have an exciting fresh team, in spite of the loss of Dany Heatley, who asked to be traded because of the ramifications of his fatal car accident that killed teammate Dan Snyder in 2003. The Thrashers' philosophy of team building with a solid foundation of bright young stars is starting to bear fruit as they continue to improve on the ice every year. With Ilya Kovulchuk and Slava Kozlov, the Thrashers are a threat to score every time they cross the blue line.

Atlanta welcomed the return of the NHL in 1999 with the arrival of the Thrashers. Previously home to the Flames, Atlanta had been without an NHL team for nearly 20 years when the Flames were sold to a group of Calgary businessmen.

Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and boasts a rabid fan base and great teams. The chances of getting Thrashers tickets are therefore slimmer than you might expect, so don't hesitate to order yours today.

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