In the summer of 2011 when it was announced that the NHL would return to Winnipeg, I wrote this article for IllegalCurve.com on June 2, 2011 stating my arguments why the team should be named the Winnipeg Jets.
The wait is over, the dream has finally come. NHL hockey is back in Winnipeg, everyone rejoice.
But…this new team doesn’t have a name.
The option taken by Winnipeg fans has been to revert to the old name and traditions that many of us have been brought up with; the whiteout, the Queen, “Jump” by Van Halen, the Winnipeg Jets. The overwhelming response among fans has been to call this team the Jets.
Every poll that has been conducted has been at least 60% in favour of Jets. On Tuesday we saw the citizens of Winnipeg take to Portage & Main and to The Forks wearing Jets jerseys, holding Jets flags, chanting “Go Jets Go!” The spontaneous cheers of “Go Jets Go!” went on through to the late hours of the night.
Support for the Jets name isn’t Winnipeg specific. Even Don Cherry, who has been a supporter of Winnipeg for years opened his interview with True North President Mark Chipman by asking him in a near threatening tone, “are you going to name this team the Jets, or what?”