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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: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:31 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Congratulations, Winnipeg, from a Dallas Stars fan.  I've been to Winnipeg for a week, and it was a great city--friendly people, great food (Hu's on First comes to mind), nice riverside market area, clean and walkable downtown, and of course the hot waitresses over at Earl's.  ;-)  Y'all deserve to have the NHL back.  My vote for a name: the Puckers.  Lots of great entendres possible there!

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:18 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Why was there a hockey team in Atlanta? Those fans don't even bother to show up for playoff baseball or football games. Good for Winnipeg.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:57 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

The population of the USA is irrelavent as a huge part of that are groups that generally speaking don't like or support hockey ie Latinos, African Americans, Southerners of all races. There are places where hockey has always been popular in the USA like Michigan, Minnesota, New York and with the right ownership it will always work there and then there are a teams in areas with a lot of snow birds and other Canadians and therefore those teams will like workout. Then you got the areas with no Canadians, Snow Birds living there and where College or NFL football will always rule and those places hockey is doomed, it would take to long and the teams would lose to much money ie: Nashville, Atlanta twice failed. As far as Canada being maxed out that is an insane and uneducated thing to say, Hamilton was very ready for hockey and should of gotten a team, Toronto is ready for a second team for sure as there are many leaf haters around here, then you got Quebec city, Halifax. Look at the recent world Jr's in Buffalo, Team Canada had a better attendance then the Americans and the tournament was in the USA, so what does that tell you?

Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 8:28 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

I'm very happy for the new ownership in Winnepeg! They will certainly meet their sell out goal. I thought of the coolest name for the new NHL team while embracing the old theme........Manitoba in Starfighters! 

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: June 4, 2011 8:17 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

FYI, The Lightning and the Capitals seated more fans than the oilers and the senators.  Hockey's popularity is maxed out in Canada. The U.S. has almost 10 times the population of Canada, so expanding hockey to the south was a brilliant idea.  Additionally, expansion teams have won 5 Stanley cups since the last Canadian team won in 1993.  Also, those expansion teams or relocated teams hadn't won in their previous location.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2011 8:06 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Way to go Peggers!.  I am just hoping I can find me a couple tickets in January when I am hoping to head up there.

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:54 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Good job if only Ottawa Senators fans could get to 6000 season tickets, maybe soon they will be
in Southern Ontario, end the farce.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:44 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

"Congrats people of Winnipeg, you should have never lost your team to begin with.  Why we have hockey in places like Atlanta and Phoenix to begin with is beyond me." It's all obvious in retrospect, but Canada only has 35 million people in the entire country. The NHL needed to try to expand. Carolina, Colorado, Anaheim, San Jose, Dallas, and even Tampa and Nashville would disagree with you.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:43 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2011 6:55 pm

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Is my Retro Jets Jersey new again?

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