The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The current team began as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999 and was purchased by True North Sports and Entertainment in 2011. With approval by the NHL Board of Governors, the team was relocated to Winnipeg prior to the 2011–12 NHL season. Following the move, the team adopted the name of Winnipeg's original WHA/NHL team, which became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996.