The NHL is coming back to Winnipeg in 2011-12.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced in a press conference today that the Atlanta Thrashers have been sold to the True North Sports and Entertainment group and will be moved to the Manitoba city to play its games in the 15,015 seat MTS Centre.

Devils center Travis Zajac, a native of Winnipeg, is thrilled.

"I might be the only excited guy," Zajac told me jokingly.

"I grew up watching the Jets for a little bit. For other people in Winnipeg, it's great. I think the fan support is there. They lost the team once. You know they're not going to lose the team again."

Zajac is anxious to play in his hometown.

"For me it's great. I have friends and family who have never seen me play live," he said. "To get back there and maybe play in front of them will be pretty special.

"There won't be many better places than Winnipeg. Players will be treated well. It's a great city for a guy with a family. There are outdoor rinks all over the place, so you never have a hard time finding ice. A lot of the old guys you talk to all enjoyed playing in Winnipeg."

Right winger David Clarkson said he likes the idea of Winnipeg returning to the NHL.