June 2018

True North Square opens

After a 26-month construction effort, the first of True North Square’s towers, 242 Hargrave, opens with the first tenant commencing occupancy.

April 2018

2018 playoff run

The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club experiences a host of firsts: first NHL playoff win in franchise history; first playoff series win; first time advancing to the Western Conference final; and the extension of the Winnipeg Whiteout to #WPGWhiteout Street Parties that drew over 120,000 fans over the course of nine home playoff games.

May 2017

TNSE & Bell MTS Announce New Facility Names

True North Sports + Entertainment and Bell MTS announce the renaming of the home ice of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose to Bell MTS Place. Additionally, True North’s hockey training facility with four NHL regulation size rinks (also used by the Jets and Moose) is renamed to Bell MTS Iceplex. The change of names is a result of Bell’s purchase of MTS in March 2017.

October 2016

Winnipeg hosts NHL Heritage Classic

Winnipeg hosted the NHL Heritage Classic weekend that included the launch of the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame, a Jets Alumni vs Oilers Alumni game that featured hockey legends such as Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, and Wayne Gretzky, and the Heritage Classic regular classic game between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers – which marked the first outdoor game in Jets franchise history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.