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Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 1:49 pm


No, we aren't in the Meadowlands. That's the new (err, old) name of the NHL franchise in Winnipeg. The announcement was supposed to be made tonight prior to Winnipeg's seventh pick in the draft, but word leaked early thanks to winger Evander Kane and TSN's Darren Dreger.

There was a tremendous outpouring for the return of the Jets nickname when it was announced professional hockey was returning to the 'Peg. What is not known at this point is of the team logo and jersey will be the same, but it probably won't. Expect an updated version of the old red, white and blue logo, or maybe even a new logo and color scheme altogether.

Some of the other names thrown around included Falcons, Ice Bears and Moose, the name of Winnipeg's IHL team that's being replaced.

All in all, it's the right move for the franchise. There was probably some hesitation to go back to the Jets, instead trying to brand the franchise with a new identity. But there's something to be said for nostalgia. There are people who loved the Jets and their logo. There would be a lot of NHL fans happy to see the Jets playing the Hartford Whalers or Quebec Nordiques again.

So for those keeping score at home, the history of the Atlanta Thrashers currently resides with the Winnipeg Jets and the history of the Winnipeg Jets currently resides with the Phoenix Coyotes.

No word on how long it will take until the new logo is designed.

-- Brian Stubits

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Category: NHL

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:53 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

AWESOME!!! Keep the old logo at least for a season or two, the other option is use the old logo as their 3rd jersey. Then tell Phoenix the old Winnipeg stats are going back to Winnipeg and we don't care about the Thrashers stats. You can always add stats from the Flames and Thrashers together, plus the NHL will be back in Atlanta within 20 years...Watch, its too big of a market. 

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:52 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Why would anyone want to take after the New York Jets anyway?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:31 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Singular names are fine, and Winnipeg and New York's Jets are nothing alike. I'm pretty sure their chant isn't even the same. New York uses the "J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets!", but Winnipeg tends to favor "Go Jets Go!".

As far as Quebec and Hartford, the Nordiques will probably return within the next decade. The next team to move will likely be Phoenix, and it will happen once Quebec approves their new arena and breaks ground. The Whalers, on the other hand, will never return. The NHL is not invading the Bruins and Rangers' territories again, especially considering how big a gate failure the Whalers were the first time. It's nice how people in Connecticut care so much now, but if they had shown this much passion when the Whale was still the Whale, Hartford never would have left.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:19 am
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Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:01 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

What, nobody liked Thrashers?  Jets is fine, at least it's plural.  Nothing worse than Wild, or Heat or Lightning... there should be a rule...

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:24 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Hmmm, New York Jets wear green and white and the Winnipeg Jets wore red and blue... man, they are so similar! It's not like they out of the blue went with Jets. It's the name the team used for a few decades, probably since before you were born. Now if the Jets change their scheme and look eerily similar to the New York team, then you'd have a point, but until then, all they have in common is a nickname. Not a city, not a color, not a sport.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:19 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Nothing was "better" or, more appropriately, IRONIC than naming the team the Winnipeg Phoenix.

But the league would have never allowed that, I'm sure.

(for those who don't "get it"........Google the mythological definition of Phoenix...)

tmyk (The More You Know)

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 3:21 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

I agree with Flacco. It's boring and redundant. And while it's true that there are dozens of Tigers and Bulldogs and Eagles in college football, they are boring and redundant as well. So many of these sports organizations are so scared to be different and create their own unique image that they choose the conservative, boring route and employ nicknames and color schemes that are already associated with other teams. And I can't help but notice in hockey that it seems like if you place the word "ice" in front of anything, you can turn that into a team nickname. I don't know what the hell an "Ice Bear" is, but Bruins was already taken and I find "Ice Bears" decidedly amusing. Though "Ice Moose" would have been even better.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:49 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

I like it. Now we just need to bring back the Hartford Whalers and the Quebec Nordiques.

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:44 am

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Unfortunately, as a Wild fan, North Stars abbreviated as No Stars would have been appropriate the last few years.

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