So there seems to be a big push to have this return to these cities of failed NHL teams. In 1999, Atlanta received the Thrashers after losing the Flames back in 1980 to Calgary. In 1995, Denver found the NHL back with the Avalanche after their original team relocated it New Jersey in 1982. In 2000, Minneapolis received the Wild after loosing the North Stars to Dallas in 1993. Most recently Winnipeg saw the return of the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers relocated there this summer. Atlanta, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Winnipeg aren’t the only cities that have lost NHL teams over the years, and the way things are going, it seems more cities will be joining the club.