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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

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:55 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Read between the lines:  There is nothing else to do in Winnipeg!

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:03 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

It was actually done in 2 minutes. IT says 17 because the people have 15 minutes to imput their payment information into their computers once they reserved their seats. That's what was said on CBC during the game.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:01 am

"hockey team previously known as the Jets"

With the return of the "hockey team previously known as the Jets", a great wrong has been righted.  But is this just a case of Causality?  The key to any franchise is an owner with deep pockets, and a committed fanbase.   The richest (?) guy in Canada, and the City of Winnipeg counts as fitting the bill.  
Break it down:

Winnipeg (leaving):
Cause: jackass 
underfunded owner needs jackass city council to finance a stadium for him to make money in.
Effect: team relocates

Winnipeg (return):
: super wealthy guy wants a team, owns the stadium, doesn't need city council  
Effect: gets what he wants, everybody happy, and he can ignore the new set of City Hall jackasses (which that mayor certainly is!)

Atlanta: (2X)
Cause:   jackass underfunded ownership group, which always end badly any time one of the guys gets a tax bill that they can't afford, and try to go              cheap on their product to save their other ventures
Effect:   teams fail, then relocate

Cause: jackass commissioner places too much emphasis on expansion rather than sustainability
Cause: no real strategic plan to encourage/ grow minor hockey participation in non traditional markets
Cause: permitting underfunded groups to expand into non traditional market without a business plan to address marginal hockey interest
Effect: more than one team failing, and in need of relocation. 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:54 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Big effing deal thrashers did the same thing first year besides what else is there to do in Canada besides hockey, smoke, and be a drunk.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:50 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

I'm thinking that owners and league officials have learned their lesson from what transpired when Canada lost 2 teams in the 90's and the Canadian Dollar was weak. I have to think that contracts are structured different now. Their demise was based on paying players American dollars and bringing in Canadian dollar revenues, at what was a $1.40 exchange rate. And for the Canadian Dollar to become weaker, that would also start to hint that the American dollar will get stronger. Don't really see that hapening anytime soon.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:22 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Best post ever!!

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:03 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

congrats Winnipeg youve already exceeded Atlantas ticket sales for the last 5 years in a matter of minutes

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:23 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

If Winnipeg is looking for a name change just drop the 'S'.  The Winnipeg Jet, I like the sound of that.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:15 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Time to bring a team back to Quebec and to give Hamilton a chance. I'm confident both will easily support a franchise. After that, I'm not very confident about any other Canadian city to support a franchise. If the aforementioned franchises were brought into existence, that would make the total number of Canadian teams 9.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:15 am

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes do realize that it was the economy and the weak canadian dollar back in the 90's that contributed mainly to the move and not the actual fan base. Now that I see our dollar above par to your US dollar and not to mention one owner with hefty pockets and a fan base that been waiting 15 years since your so called hockey town came along and poached our(Canada's) team. And now your city just coughed up 20+ Million to cover losses on a team YOU DON'T OWN! It belongs to the other 29 teams and you are just paying rent. The only reason Phoenix isn't in Hamilton,Ont. is because Bettman hates Jim Balsilley the OWNER of RIM...ever heard? No, Blackberry?? Lot of cash he has. So now it will come down to another couple of years of just hanging around until....Quebec comes a calling with their new arena and guess what? A hockey fan base, an NHL fanbase. Remember the Nordiques? Ya, canadian dollar issue. Not this time. Your next Phoenix. The Nordiques Meter is on the clock.

How did your 'Yotes do against my Wings this year? Again. Ever notice how you can't sign young/in their prime talent over the years and just seem to be able to sign retread FA's to sign in Phoenix. Guess that has nothing to do with the golf courses either. Leave Hockey to those who know it. Why is it you see so many Red Wing Jersey's at the games in phoenix? Snow birds who are retired from up north, lol. Man, you guys suck a-s-s!!!

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