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Thrashers' Thorburn "discouraged" about team's possible move

2:59 PM, May 23, 2011   |    comments
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During an interview with 11Alive News Saturday, Chris Thornburn criticized the Thrashers ownership group, Atlanta Spirit. "It's discouraging to know they're not behind us. They're trying to dump us," he said. "That makes a guy mad."

ATLANTA - Atlanta Thrashers Right Winger Chris Thorburn says he's just as in the dark as the fans when it comes to the rumors about the sale of his team and the possibility of moving the city's NHL franchise to Winnipeg.

During an interview with 11Alive News Saturday, Thornburn criticized the Thrashers ownership group, Atlanta Spirit. "It's discouraging to know they're not behind us. They're trying to dump us," he said. "That makes a guy mad."

Thorburn also criticized NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who has not visiting Atlanta while rumors of the sale of Thrashers to Winnipeg's True North Sports have swirled. "You'd like to see the guy at the head of the league present. So it's kind of discouraging," Thorburn said.

The 27-year-old Thorburn has spent the past four seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers. "We've made Atlanta home," he said of his wife and child.

"Atlanta's a great hockey town. There's no reason to not stay here," Thorburn said. "You just don't want to pick up and leave for the wrong reasons."

"At the same time, Winnipeg's Canada and when you think about Canada, you think about hockey," Thorburn conceded.

During the interview with 11Alive News, Thorburn acknowledged to lackluster performance of the Thrashers over the past decade. The team has only made the playoffs once and was knocked out in the first round after just four games.

But Thorburn sees his team as one with promise and one that can bring wins to Atlanta, if given the chance. "We've got a promising future with the guys we have on our squad now and it's just going to get better," he said.

"Hopefully the league and the ownership we have now can figure it out," Thorburn said.

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