History


2016
September 2016

MTS Iceplex Expansion

The MTS Iceplex completes an $8-million, 21,000 square foot expansion. With new training equipment, storage areas, and office space for coaching staff, the MTS Iceplex becomes the official practice facility of both the Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose. Additionally, the expansion has created a new home for the True North Youth Foundation.

February 2016

True North Square Announcement

True North announces and breaks ground on True North Square, a $400 million mixed-use development that will be located adjacent to MTS Centre.

2015
May 2015

Return of the Manitoba Moose

True North relocates its AHL franchise from St.John’s Newfoundland, back to Winnipeg, now operating as the second lead tenant at the MTS Centre, and utilizing MTS Iceplex for training.

April 2015

Return of the White Out

The Winnipeg Jets make it to the NHL post-season for the first time since relocation to Winnipeg. The return to the post-season also marked the return of the “White Out”. Originally a celebration from the Jets’ previous NHL era, fans get decked out from head to toe in white to show support for their hockey club in the post-season.

2014
May 2014

Burton Cummings Theatre acquisition

True North takes over the operations of the Burton Cummings Theatre, significantly increases the quantity of shows at the historic theatre built in 1906, while providing expertise and financial stability. In time, True North acquires the property.

2011
October 2011

Winnipeg Jets 2.0

Led by owners Mark Chipman and David Thomson, the Atlanta Thrashers NHL franchise club is purchased and relocated to Winnipeg, and the AHL franchise is relocated to Newfoundland, operating as the St.John’s IceCaps. Eventually named the Winnipeg Jets, the hockey club played its first NHL regular season game in the MTS Centre on October 9, 2011, against the Montreal Canadiens.

2010
August 2010

MTS Iceplex opens

After two years of development and construction, The MTS Iceplex opens in August 2010, adding four NHL regulation size rinks, 177,000 square feet of year-round multipurpose facilities, and 12,000 hours of daytime ice annually to our community. 

2009
June 2009

Manitoba Moose in Calder Cup Finals

The Manitoba Moose, now playing in the American Hockey League (AHL), post the best regular season record and advance through to the finals of the Calder Cup playoffs — operating as a flagship franchise in the AHL.

2007
August 2007

MTS Centre hosts IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship

Winnipeg hosts the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) World Women’s Hockey Championship at the MTS Centre. Canada beat the United States 5-1 to capture the gold medal.

2006
February 2006

MTS Centre Hosts 2006 AHL All-Star Classic

Winnipeg hosts the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic at the MTS Centre. The Canadian AHL All-Star team defeated the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team 9-4 in front of a capacity crowd of 15,015 fans, an AHL record. Moose netminder Wade Flaherty was named Most Valuable Player of the game while Moose veteran Jimmy Roy served as team Captain of the winning Canadian team.

2005
April 2005

MTS Centre Hosts 2005 Juno Awards

Winnipeg hosts the 2005 Juno Awards at the MTS Centre. The live show was hosted by comedian Brent Butt, with Avril Lavigne, The Tragically Hip and k-os among the award winners.

2004
November 2004

Opening of MTS Centre

The MTS Centre opens its doors on November 16, 2004 with a grand opening concert called “Northern Lights Northern Stars”. The show featured performances by celebrated Manitoba artists, including Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Tom Cochrane and Doc Walker.

2002
July 2002

Demolition of Eaton’s Department Store

Demolition of the former Eaton’s department store on Portage Avenue begins, making way for the new arena that would take 22 months to build.

2001
May 2001

New Arena Plan

With the support of private partners and three levels of government, True North Sports + Entertainment announces its plan to develop and build a new 15,000 seat arena on Portage Avenue.

1999
November 1999

True North Sports & Entertainment Limited is established

True North Sports & Entertainment Limited is established to more formally pursue the development of a multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility in downtown Winnipeg.

1996
October 1996

Manitoba Moose Hockey Club begins operations

The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club begins operations at the Winnipeg Arena after an ownership group, led by Winnipeg businessman Mark Chipman, acquires and relocates an International Hockey League (IHL) franchise from Minnesota to Winnipeg.