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Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Posted on: June 4, 2011 4:23 pm

Well that didn't take long.

At the news conference to announce the purchase and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, the ownership group detailed a plan to reach 13,000 season-ticket sales to help solidify the deal and prove to the NHL Manitoba was ready to host big-league hockey again.

With some tickets already gone in the presale, there were some 9,000 tickets left to go when the sale went public on Saturday. In just 17 minutes later, the goal was reached, 13,000 season-ticket holders just like that with 7,000 more being placed on a waiting list.

"We would like to take a special moment to thank all of our fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada for their support over the past week — in particular, the overwhelming response of our fans which has resulted in a successful 'Drive to 13,000' campaign," said Jim Ludlow, president & CEO of True North Sports & Entertainment. "The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of NHL hockey in this province."

"While I had no doubt the 'Drive to 13,000' would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans' hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North's initiatives," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Yea, I'd say they're pretty psyched to have the NHL back.

The next thing everybody wants to know is what will the team name be? The ownership group said that wouldn't be announced until the 13,000 mark was reached. The sentimental pick is clearly the Jets, but there are some other good options out there. My personal favorite that I've seen out in the Twittersphere was the Winnipeg Phoenix. So fitting.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:05 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

The Waxwing is a badass looking bird.

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:33 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Has to be the JETS.... period

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:46 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

My only concern with Waxwings is that inevitably it would be shortened in the vernacular to "Wings"-- at which point it could become confused with the Redwings.

Before learning that the new team was tied financially to the True North network, I had actually thought that would be a great name for a Canadian team.  Canadians refer to their country as the True North, and I liked the sound of that as a team name.  But since the True North network is backing the team, that could get confusing-- and sound like a form of nepotism.

If we are going with alliteration, how about the Winter, or the Wendigo?  The Warriors doesn't really have any tie to the area and may be too militaristic, but it is alliterative and could offer for visually arresting interpretations.

I like the Winter connotation, but it might not be "action-oriented" enough-- I can see the team forgoing alliteration for an alternative like The Blizzard.  The Wendigo is not only alliterative but carries traditional connections to Canadian folklore and certainly would allow for good graphics.

Not being from Winnnipeg, I'm not familiar with what names are being popularly discussed among the local population.

In the end, it will probably end of being the Jets again.

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:22 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Hello, Street Rat,

I understand the affection for the "Jets" name from years past and it's not a bad name, but I would ask you to read the following to consider a different name for this team.

Found below is worth what owners pay thousands of $'s for sports marketing firms to do and this is all for free! I think "Waxwings" would be a name Canadians would be proud of for the following reasons:

1. No other major or minor or college team seems to have that nickname. Talk about unique and exclusive! Besides, isn't there already a team that is using "Jets" as a nickname?

2. The alliteration of the "W's" in Winnipeg and Waxwings. Simple and sophisticated.

3. It is a decent name. No, it's not Dimondbacks or Pirates or Raiders or Killers or Maulers. Why have a"heavy image" name? Winnipeg would have a chance to be a beacon of positive community influence just by naming the team a decent name. 

4. Hey, these birds actually frequent Southern Canada in the summer months. The name fits! No more Utah Jazz or Los Angeles Lakers or Memphis Grizzlies. Don't get me wrong, "Lakers" is a great name, it just doesn't fit well in L.A.

5. Either the Bohemian or Cedar Waxwing could be emphasized first with their individual color scheme and then the other one later (seasons later). It would be a way to keep the team wares fresh and colorful.

6. Waxwings would be a way to honor the team that is coming from Atlanta. The bird (avian) nickname would be a constant theme. 

7. The people of the heartland of Canada are decent, hardworking folk. Why not have a name they can support and be proud of and one that exemplifies them?

8. Waxwings can be seen working together on a branch passing berries from bird to bird. Now that is teamwork! Teamwork will lead to NHL success!
9. As an American I would be jealous of such a cool and creative and well-fitting name. Just do it for that reason.

10. Waxwingsa would be a politically-correct name is a day of environmental consciousness.

I would hope those reading could agree and tell the Chairman of True North Sports, Mark Chipman, of this neat potential name.

Thanks for reading and keeping an open mind.


Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:48 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

And as for the name.....    Gotta be the JETS

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:47 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Great news.  Small arena, but selling it out with the higher ticket prices will hopefully translate to enough revenue that they will be succesful.

Great for the good peopleof Winnipeg.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:54 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

And even when Winnepeg sells out ( I say when becaue it will happen), their ticket sales will average 24th in the NHL last season. I am unsure if this is good or bad. Raise ticket prices, shrink stadium size???? this may be good for the NHL.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:16 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Good for Winnipeg. I'm excited to see the Jets back in action. Hopefully, thats the name they go back to. Good luck Jets fans.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:44 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Congrats to Winnipeg!
Another team, in a great Canadian market.  Just makes sense. Now Hamilton, Quebec's your turn!

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