WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman will not be in attendance when the team plays its first exhibition game Tuesday night at MTS Centre.
Chipman, whose True North Sports and Entertainment group purchased the Atlanta Thrashers on May 31 and moved them to Winnipeg, will be at a board of governors meeting Tuesday.
"Itís going to be fun, unfortunately I have to miss the game on Tuesday night," Chipman said Friday, the day the Jets opened training camp with medicals and physicals at MTS Centre. "Thereís a board of governors meeting so ironically I have to miss our first game but just being around the team is good enough for me. Just being around the guys and getting to know them a bit and watching them on the ice this weekend will be really fun."
Chipman said the off-season has been a whirlwind, but he's excited about how everything has come together.
"It has been a lot of work for a lot of people," he said. "Itís been fun to be a part of it. Itís been exhilarating at times, itís been exhausting at times. Weíre just so thrilled to be doing it and I havenít run in to anybody who has felt sorry people that get into this business, so weíre just happy to be coming around the corner and getting ready to play cause thatís what itís all about. We canít wait to get going."