During yesterday afternoons press conference it was announced that the True North Sports and Entertainment group bought the NHL Atlanta Thrashers. With this purchase, the group will relocate the NHL team to Winnipeg, Canada. Moving to their new home, the money losing Thrashers will have an opportunity to entice a new era of hockey as well as a Canadian fan base. With this new population of fans, a fresh location and a new management system, there are endless, positive possibilities that make this an intelligent decision.
Since 1996, Winnipeg was missing their favorite hockey team. However, the Jets original dismissal was due to funds and lack of earnings. Hopefully, the organization will have better luck this time around with winning season’s both on the ice and in the front-end offices. Proper management in the offices will lead to proper management through the coaching staff and players. Pressing the re-start button in Winnipeg allows all of these entities to forget the past and move forward to their future.
Last weekend, Tom Gulitti of the North Jersey Blog got a chance to talk to Winnipeg native Travis Zajac. Zajac expressed his excitement for the possible move, “…I have a lot of friends and family back there who have never really seen me play. To be able to play there would be kind of cool. The fans there really enjoy the game. They miss their NHL team, that’s for sure, so I think it would be exciting for both the fans and myself going back there.” Personally it would be an enjoyable experience for Zajac to have friends and family see him play.
The name for the new team is yet to be determined, some Winnipeg faithful are hoping that the team is renamed the Jets. Another popular rumor is that the team will be called the Moose. There is some speculation that the naming of the team will be announced at the Entry Draft later this month.
The success of this team lies in the hands of the fans. If the fans do not want to see another team disappear than they need to show their true colors. The colors of the Winnipeg Jets? Moose? Regardless of the color they need to cheer for their team: the team of Winnipeg.