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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

Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Wow, already more ticket sales than the Thrashers and Winnipeg doesn't even have a team name yet.  Proof positive that the Jets never should have left Winnipeg as they have an incredible fan base.   As an American, I love America's touque (Canada).  You are passionate fans and I'm glad to see another team heading north.   Can't wait to follow my Blackhawks to Winnipeg and check out your city.   There was a comment about a trifecta (winning gold, gaining the "Jets" and Vancouver winning...)  I have no desire to see the third (for rivalry reasons) so I'll just cheer on the Bruins as an original 6.  

Congrats to Winnipeg!  It shows you were starved for professional hockey and it won't take long to build that team up to greatness.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:43 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Congratulations Winnipeg and to Canada. I'm an American glad to see another Canadian team and hopefully, the Canucks win the Cup for you too for a trifecta including the Olympics.

Thank you very much.  It's rare to find an American classy enough to cheer on Canadians and wish them well.  I wish more americans on these boards would recognize the U.S and Canada have a tremendous relationship and work well together on a daily basis.....  Canada isn't Iran or Iraq or Afghanistan for God sakes... the second the U.S needs any help Canada is right there to help with anything they need..... we aren't a massive country like the U.S with the U.S dominating in population and finances over the years but Canada does everything possible to help the U.S government out when asked and when necessary. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:40 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Might want to take an Economics class as all economies go through recessions. Not going to get into a political debate as certain US Presidents could be said to have made matters worse, but if you think Canada is not prone to a recession now and again, you need a history lesson.

Who said Canada isn't prone to a recession now and again?  Canada is in a terrible recession right now.. as a percentage there are more people out of jobs in some provinces and cities since the depression a very long time ago.... housing in some areas has been destroyed beyond belief... bankruptcies are happening at incredible record rates.... 

But here's the thing.... the Canadian dollar actually got a lot stronger during this recession... I know the U.S will rebound as well but as long as Canada rebounds as expected why would the Canadian dollar die or ever become nearly as weak as it was in comparison to the U.S dollar anytime soon?

All I meant to say in my post is when Winnipeg was around many years ago there was no salary cap and the dollar was disgusting... a player making 3 million dollars was costing the Jets at least 4.5 million dollars Canadian and at certain points that number approached 5 million dollars....  a 5 million dollar superstar was really costing them 7.5 or 8 million dollars.... just a crazy difference.  How could they compete like that?

Those days are long gone.... a much stronger dollar with a salary cap means the Jets ( or any name they choose) are in much better shape then when they left Winnipeg the first time around...... I do think they'll need a new arena sooner then later where they can sell 20 thousand tickets and not 13 thousand tickets as well as nice new suites corporate sponsors can get involved with.....  they already sold out their 13 thousand season tickets and there are already another 7 thousand on waiting lists for season tickets.. that doesn't count thousands more willing to purchase seats for single games.....

I for one am cheering the city of Winnipeg on..... regardless of what some people ( not you) on these boards are saying about Canada... 



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:36 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Congratulations Winnipeg and to Canada. I'm an American glad to see another Canadian team and hopefully, the Canucks win the Cup for you too for a trifecta including the Olympics.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:21 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

But, theere already is a team known as the Moose in Winnipeg. And its the team that was currently occupying the arena that Winnipeg's new NHL team will be playing in. Manitoba Moose has a wonderful ring to it, just as the Winnipeg Jets. But, why do I have this strange feeling that the name, if they don't bring back the Jets, will be something along the lines of the Winnipeg Glaciers, or something like that? Maybe they can draw some inspiration from when Anaheim first arrived on the scene, and be called the Angry Snowmen of Winnipeg!!



Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:15 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Winnepeg Moose, baby!



Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:14 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

They gotta keep the Moose as the new NHL Winnepeg team. Seriously, a Winnepeg Moose team would be completely amazing for the NHL. The Jets died years ago. I think if they go back to the Jets, the same effect as the Cleveland Browns is created. Decades of futility await unless you start fresh. Oh and get rid of that teal for the Moose. I don't know, maybe I just want to see the Flyers play the Moose. That sounds pretty sweet to me.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:02 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Congrats to the residents of Winnipeg for getting back an NHL franchise - it took way too long and I never understood why the Jets left in the first place especially given the fact that they went from a place where they made money (Manitoba) to a place where hockey seems like a joke (Arizona).  I'm sorry to see that the handful of fans that supported the Thrashers will be losing their franchise but maybe if more people had showed up or if the ownership group had figured out a way to build a new arena using private money they could have kept their franchise. 

Hockey is religion in Canada - it only makes sense to have as many franchises in Canada as there are major cities.  I wonder if with the popularity of the sport in Canada if a franchise would do well with a return to Quebec City.  Moving the Nordiques to Colarado did make sense and has proven to be a good decision on the part of the ownership group.  It is nice to see that Ottawa's franchise is doing well.  I wonder if Toronto could support more than one NHL franchise or are Buffalo and Toronto just too close together to have 3 franchises in such a small geographical area. 

Anyways, I wanted to send my congrats to Winnipeg for getting back a franchise and by showing the new owners that you are thrilled by buying so many season tickets so quickly.  Now - to these same fans..... you have to show up even if the team stinks because when the Jets fell on hard times people didn't show up and that is when the club started having to consider moving and ultimately they wound up having to move. 

So - question for the Manitoba residents:  How big is the arena?  Is the arena the same arena that housed the Jets back in the day or is it new?  Who broadcasts the games in Manitoba - is it Rogers or another network?  Here in the USA a lot of teams have their own networks in major cities that they share with baseball or basketball teams for broadcasting regional sports.  Any ideas on what the new team name will be?  Are they going to bring back the Jets name or go with something new?  I can't see how Winnipeg will want to keep the old Thrashers name - it doesn't seem like a good Canadian name but then again neither did the Oilers or Jets for that matter. 

Well anyways, way to go Winnipeg Maniboba for getting back a franchise and for assisting students of the USA to learn the provinces of the great white north known as Canada.        



Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:23 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Namtej,

Thanks for your comment.  It is appreciated. The Waxwing idea is very serious for me. They are my favorite bird. I discovered them as a young boy and then a few years ago my dad and I saw many of them working teamlike in a crabapple tree when my wife and I lived in Kansas on a Christmas Day walk. I think the year was 2003.

Well, anyhow, my dad passed away in April this year and it was unexpected. I cherish that walk and memory with him a lot along with a lot of other memories. I've taken up a small effort from where I live now in Yuma, AZ, to put the idea out there of this team name.

I sent a two-page letter to Mark Chipman, Sam Katz, the Major of Winnipeg, and to a CBC radio station there in Winnipeg to try to get the word out about the name. If it happens, great. If not at least I tried. Do want to join in the effort?

Thanks again,
Mordecai




Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:44 am
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Might want to take an Economics class as all economies go through recessions. Not going to get into a political debate as certain US Presidents could be said to have made matters worse, but if you think Canada is not prone to a recession now and again, you need a history lesson.

And I think the question was what is there to do in Winnipeg? Pointing out the negatives of living in Topeka doesn't exactly address the question. It's a transparent admission that you can't answer it.

Just be honest...Winnipeg has little going for it compared to many other cities, but having a hockey team is incredible (partly, for that reason) for the community there and they appear ready to support it....and they don't have to feel ashamed about it just because it's not a tourist mecca like LA, NYC or Chicago.



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