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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
 

J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!

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
Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

It's the way it should be. Though Ice Bears would have been pretty fresh. Who would want to f*ck with an Ice Bear?



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

There would be a lot of NHL fans happy to see the Jets playing the Hartford Whalers or Quebec Nordiques again.

k, Im in. bring the rest of em back.....please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

why shouldnt it be, good call Winnipeg. Im so glad you have your team back, it never shoudve been taken away from you.  the jersey is staying the same too - even better. Why change it



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

It's not about "hiding" that it's a new franchise, the fans know good and well that it's a relocated franchise and not the Jets of the Pokey & the bandit days but rather it's about honoring a club that should have never been moved in the first place and was only done so out of pure greed and utter foolishness on the part of an inept non hockey commissioner.




Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

I don't ever rememebr hearing about the owners of the Wild approaching Tom Hicks about naming their team "North Stars".
Then again the NHL didn't tell Norm Green when he moved the team he needed to leave the team name behind plus it made marketing sense to keep part of the name for the stars what with the Cowboys having a star on their helmet and the old Texas Rangers badges being in the shape of stars.
By the time the Wild were admitted into the league Tom Hicks wasn't about to change the name of his franchise and start fresh and having one team called the Stars and another called the North Stars would have been confusing like somehow they were affiliated or something.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

It's been done before when a city gets a new team, such as the expansion Cleveland NFL franchise being named the Browns again. But it doesn't hide or change the fact that it is an entirely different franchise.
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Wrong. The Cleveland franchise records stayed along with the name and history in Cleveland rather than going to Baltimore. The Ravens were a new franchise, while the Browns were "deactivated" for three years.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Yah it was bullshit that minnesota did nto keep "north stars" logo, it was sooooo cool!  I am glad they are thinking about going back to the "Jets".  Best of luck!




Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

Awesome line!



Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

I never understood why Minnesota didn't go with the North Stars name again?  Did they need clearance from Dallas &/or the NHL perhaps? 



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Reports: Winnipeg to go with Jets for nickname

And now EA Sports can finally put this into their game.

IMO, this new ownership is being a little chaotic in their plans so far... I guess it comes with just getting set up, but I figure the True North Sports could have had the name in place, and a decision on Craig Ramsay earlier than both were decided.  Maybe even they were caught off-guard though with the decision of the NHL letting them move the franchise. 


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