Should the New Winnipeg Hockey Team Be Called the Jets? Vote!

The deal to move the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg seems to be all but done as I write this. I’m going to gamble that it will happen in writing this post and move on to the next big question of whether the new Winnipeg team should be called the Jets?

Nostalgia is about the only good reason for the team to be called the Winnipeg Jets.

Otherwise, it’s not the same team that was moved to Phoenix that is now the Coyotes. The Jets never won anything big (no division titles or Stanley Cup appearances in the NHL) and had a bad overall losing record (506W, 660L, 172T in NHL). Aside from the passion of the fans, any other team with such a dismal record would be considered a bad loser. In fact, you could easily claim there was no “win” in “Jets”, just in “Winnipeg”. Finally, the NHL owns the Jets trademark and could prevent it from being used again.

While nostalgia is good, given that past, I could certainly do without it. I understand the Winnipeg faithfuls who yearn for their Jets again and want some continuation from their historic hockey past. However, they may be as delusional about that “connection” as they were of their Jets ever winning much. We’ll see about the support they’ll also be able to provide given the costs of NHL tickets these days in a city that’s not exactly a booming economic metropolis. You can’t pay for your hockey tickets with passion, unfortunately.

But that’s my opinion. I want to get yours. Please vote and leave a team name suggestion at the bottom if you have one. Thank you.

In a poll conducted by the Winnipeg Sun on May 20-21, 58% of 2,124 votes cast preferred the Jets name to any other. I’m conducting this poll because most of the readers I have are from no where near Winnipeg, who may be as rational as emotional about the topic. Mind you, this may change pending who’s searching for Winnipeg Jets related stories and ending up here. However, I just thought I’d ask.

June 4 update:

Other names suggested, with further discussion of five in the Bleach Report article and the rest being fan submitted there or here, whether Manitoba, Winnipeg or Winnitoba:

  • Monarch
  • Storm
  • Winter
  • Whitecaps
  • Blue Liners
  • Warriors
  • Pioneers
  • Mammoth
  • Voyageurs
  • Stealth
  • Wanderers
  • Rivermen
  • Lakers
  • Fightin’ Metis
  • Rebels
  • Bison
  • Polar
  • Magic
  • Beavers
  • Threshers
  • Mounties
  • Rebellion
  • Thunder
  • True North
  • Northern Lights
  • Buzz
  • Mosquitoes
  • Wombats
  • Walruses
  • Woodchucks
  • Tobans
  • Prairie Thistle

I like the Storm, Stealth and Rebellion myself for, both, name and marketability, but this gets to be too complicated a poll to conduct with this many choices. However, you’ll probably agree with me some of the ones on that list are just ridiculous… and I don’t think some submitters were trying to be, either. 🙂

12 thoughts on “Should the New Winnipeg Hockey Team Be Called the Jets? Vote!

    • Interesting choice, Anton! Would certainly engage all Manitobans rather than just Winnipeggers and they’re going to need that fan base to succeed. Let’s see what happens. Thanks for sharing.

  1. I think the team should be called the Winnipeg Buzz. Why you ask? It represents the freaken huge mosquitos you guys have! (Guess the Winnipeg Mosquitos would be a good choice too.)

    • That’s very funny, Nancy, but I don’t know if the Tobans will have the humour for it.

      I can see it now… they come all dressed in black. They buzz instead of roar. They’ll have the Black Men instead of the Green Men, with a few extra appendages. Way too funny! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing.

  2. I say they be named the Winnipeg True North. Not only does it work as it is the name of the company in the works to purchase the team (pending approval of course), but the name just works for the team. Also, it is perfect; as it plays into Canada’s national anthem really well (a little too well, actually).

    • Thanks, Tim. True North is an interesting idea. The pun is good, though it may be too corporate knowing the ownership group. As for marketing cheers, costumes, themes, rah-rah factor, and so on, I’m not sure how much one can spin that. Got any suggestions? It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with for a name, and the fan reaction if it were not the Jets given the large majority want it to be the Jets.

    • Someone had suggested Winnitoba Falcons. Seems the name has already been selected because True North said it wouldn’t let the people know until the 13,000 season tickets are sold, which went today in an hour! That’s great support! So we’ll see.

    • I think that’s the underlying reason so many people want it. We still haven’t gotten a new name, even though they used the Jets at the NHL draft. However, I hear after this weekend (Jun 25), they’ll have one. Let’s see what they’ll do. Thanks for your comment.

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