Being born in 1979 and from the state of Georgia and being a hockey fan as kid was a task. Not having a NHL team in the state since the Flames left in 1980 made it hard to invest in a team. I would watch games on TV and wish I had a team
Then on June 25, 1997 Atlanta was granted the 28th franchise. On October 2, 1999 I watched the first game of the Thrashers and the Devils beat them 4-1 but, I finally had a team to invest in.
The first five seasons the Thrashers never finished above .500 which was hard and painful but, it takes time to get better as an expansion franchise. The 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons the team finally turned the corner. The 2006-2007 season the Thrashers made the playoffs for the the only time.
Behind the scenes the franchise was a mess. In 2005, the Turner Broadcasting System sold the Thrashers to Atlanta Spirit , LLC aka ASG. ASG only bought the franchise because, they had to. To buy the Atlanta Hawks and to operate Phillips Arena they had to also, buy the Thrashers. ASG spent all their money on trying to improve the Atlanta Hawks and the Thrashers were left in the dust.
On May 31, 2011, the worst day of my hockey fandom life, the Thrashers were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment. At first, I was very bitter and angry but, then after a couple of weeks I calmed down and made the decision that I wasn't going to let the sell of my Thrashers to stop me from supporting my team. The name and colors may be different but, they are the same team.
I am a Jets fan and I can say they have been my team since, October 2, 1999 and I will be til the day I die.