Atlanta – Hockey In The Deep South. Where, If You Skate On The Pond, You Drown
January 19, 2009 in Montreal Canadiens Tags: 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Flames, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, Civil War, Clark Gable, CNN, Coca Cola, Gary Bettman, Habs, Magnolia trees, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Ted Turner, Tlanta Falcons
The Canadiens play the Thrashers Tuesday night in Atlanta. Are you excited?
Atlanta – home of Coca Cola, Gone With The Wind, CNN, Ted Turner, the Braves, Falcons, Magnolia trees, the ’96 Summer Olympics, crazy hot summers, and a place with firm connections to the Civil War.
And for some reason, they have NHL hockey. And they’ve had it for a while. No one knows why.
From 1972 to 1980, it was the Atlanta Flames, but because they couldn’t make a go of it financially, the team moved to Calgary. Calgarians were happy about this. Canadian hockey fans were happy about this. The fourteen hockey fans in Atlanta were sad.
The team, like magic, got a second shot at NHL hockey when the Thrashers were born in 1997. Winnipeg can’t get a second shot, but Atlanta did. Maybe Gary Bettman had a crush on Clark Gable.
Montreal, like always, needs these two points. The Thrashers are a team sitting in 14th place in the east, tied with Ottawa for second last with 37 points.
It would be a real bummer if the Habs let this one slip away.