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Equipment Manager sees second NHL team leave
Equipment Manager sees second NHL team leave

DULUTH, Ga. -- When it comes to the NHL in Atlanta, Bobby Stewart has seen it all.  He has served both the Flames and Thrashers as Head Equipment Manager.

The official announcement of the Trashers sell and relocation to Winnipeg brings some familiar feelings for Stewart, who joined the Flames in 1973 and moved to Calgary in 1980.  The native of Montreal loved Atlanta and jumped at the chance to return when the Thrashers landed in 1999.  Now he is faced with helping another NHL team pack to leave Atlanta and head north to Canada.

Bobby Stewart feels that the Thrashers helped launch numerous youth hockey programs in the metro Atlanta area, something the Flames failed to do before their departure.  Stewart believes that the seeds planted by the Thrashers will be positive for the game's future in Atlanta, but stopped short of saying it could attract another NHL franchise to the area.  Bobby Stewart does not expect to follow the Thrashers to Winnipeg, and will most likely call it a career. "It's been quite a run," says Stewart "and I have enjoyed 38 years in this business".

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