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:
- Blue Liners
- Fightin’ Metis
- True North
- Northern Lights
- 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. 🙂