My congratulations go out to Winnipeg Jets fans, who yesterday received news that the NHL was coming back to town after 15 years. While they aren’t getting back their Jets, who still somehow reside in Glendale, they are back in the game.
What the heck is this new team going to be called? My sense is that the overwhelming public sentiment is that they be called the Winnipeg Jets. Other names I have come across are the Manitoba Jets, Manitoba/Winnipeg Moose, Manitoba/Winnipeg Falcons and Manitoba/ Winnipeg Thrashers. The Moose is Winnipeg’s currently American Hockey League franchise name, while the Falcons were an amateur team in Winnipeg that represented Canada in the 1920 Olympics and the first ice hockey gold medal awarded. The Thrashers would represent maintaining the team’s name from Atlanta. Calling the team the Thrashers would shock me. Continue reading