December 6, 2005 - J. Wincell (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Just want to tell you that I am south of the border in Milwaukee and was wondering what us folks here can do to help you get another team? If anybody deserves having a team it is certainly you. Best Wishes and Good Luck.
If the Predators moved here the Admirals would be our farm team! I'm in for that!
November 17, 2005 - T. Rose (Calgary, Alberta)
Hey, I just gotta say I love this site and love what your doing and I hope and pray that soon we will see the Jets back in Winnipeg. I grew up in Winnipeg and watched the Jets all the time and it was always exciting.
Ever since they left I feel like a part of my childhood is missing and I moved out to Calgary in 1998. But I find myself forcing the Flames as my favorite team and it makes me bitter when all my friends from around Canada have their favorite hometown teams and I can't say the Jets are mine because they do not exist. That sucks and I really would love to see them back. It would make my life complete again. From now on when I go to a Flames game I am going to wear my Jets jersey no matter what and show my support for the return of the Jets. Anyways, I'm proud of Winnipeg. I am proud of this site and proud of what you're doing and I would do anything to bring back the Jets and the White Noise.
Yet another "moved to Calgary" story. Lets bring these folks back here! I was 19 whent eh Jets left and I though I was going to leave too. But I am here and I want my hockey team back here with me.
November 15, 2005 - C. Earl (NBC News Anchor - Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
As a life-long hockey fan and former member of the sports media in a hockey hotbed (Duluth, MN), I feel compelled to write. Kansas City, my hometown, is making noise about bringing in an NHL team. Yet I clicked onto this site and, clearly, Winnipeg is a better place for the NHL. I have always had respect for your city’s traditions, especially the “White Out” during the playoffs. It also broke my heart in 1996 when the Jets moved south.
Hate to admit it, but I hope Winnipeg gets a team even before Kansas City. You’ll take better care of it.
Sounds like you know your hockey, and better yet your old home town. The (enter southern team here) belong in Winnipeg just like the Royals belong in KC.
November 6, 2005 - F. Shere (Toronto, Ontario)
I'm so excited to see this site updated as frequently as it is.. I live in toronto right now but I'm a Winnipeger for life and I'm still dreaming of the day the Jets come back.. Realistically, do you think it will happen anytime soon? If only Grapes and others talked more about it on tv... There's got to be some way to push them on that! Anyway great work, I miss the Jets more than ever with hockey back... It still hurts to not watch them on HNIC.
Just about everybody now mentions the "W" word when relocation comes up. Certainly excellent progress from 2 years ago.
October 28, 2005 - B. Hassett (Toronto, Ontario)
I was in a discussion on sportsnet.ca (a total Leafs site I might add!) anyway, congrats on this site. I hope it helps. I'm a former winnipeger, now outside toronto. I lived in River Heights and used to walk over the footbridge to the games. I'll be doing what I can do to keep the good vibes and dream alive online. Keep me posted if anything comes up. I can cheer just as loud from here as I could at the old arena!
And that's loud!
October 19, 2005 - J. Fedorchuk (Calgary, Alberta)
I've gone to the first 3 Flames games this year and I sported the old school Jets shirt last night. I see at least 20 people wearing Jets gear at each game. 90% of all the people that comment have positive remarks and hope that Winnipeg gets a team back. They want to hate the Jets again instead of not giving a s**t about a Phoenix team. Rivalries are what make a sport. Someone tell me who Carolina or Nashville's rivalry is with.
It's unbelievable what a different feel the city has on game day, from morning to late at night all you hear about is Flames. Just the vibe you feel while driving or walking around reminds me how much I miss the good old days of going to the old barn and hearing Keilback before and after the game. People in Winnpipeg had a sense of passion for the team, the city, or even the commentator. How many years later, any hockey fan in Winnipeg would still recognize the voice of Keilback from the Jets days and could hear in their head a "Housley to Selanne" call or an "Ellett to Hawerchuk" call.
Also, the water cooler talk about how the team is doing and who is hot or cold. I'm sure you can't go to any workplace in Winnipeg and hear "damn I thought that Fedor Fedorov was really going to light it up for the Moose this year". No, it's more like "do you think Sergei Fedorov is a good 3rd round pick in the hockey pool this year in the new NHL".
After the Flames beat the Oilers on Saturday we were driving down 17th (the Red Mile) and it was chaos with everyone honking their horn or guys running around in traffic cheering, kind of like St. James Street used to be back in the day. The bars/pubs were all lined up out the door with people begging to get in. The pizza joints were buzzing, the coffee shops and the restaurants. You cannot deny that this was all due to a hockey game being played that night downtown. Hmmm, what would bring people to downtown Winnipeg a few times a week?
The idiots in Winnipeg who say people won't pay the money for the Jets have no clue. I bought 36 out of 41 games this year while making an average salary. Some games I have 2 seats, others 4 seats. Some seats were $65 and some were upper deck which were $29. That kills another argument about the perceived ticket price that some Winnipeg media were trying to argue. People will sacrifice other forms of entertainment with hockey as an option. Of course they can't afford it if you add on that cost to what they spend their money on now, but once there is a choice again the money will go back to hockey. The thousands of hockey fans around the 30 year old age group in Winnipeg would love to have the option to spend $40 to go to a game instead of the bar (yet again) and blow $80. If the media gets their heads out of their a** and stop trying to sell the game for families to bring their little ones and concentrate on the die hard hockey fans in their 20's and 30's who will buy the beer at the games and actually cheer for their team instead of sit on their hands from puck drop until the final horn they will understand that there are alot more like me then they think.
Cheers from cowtown!!!
And don't forget spilling off into bars and cafes for nachos and beer, hailing cabs and hanging around downtown in general, all forms of economic growth. Kids that have to be raced off to bed don't do anything for downtown, especially only a few thousand of them (ie - Moose attendance). Also consider this: Blue line, high in the upper bowl = $50 a seat. 21 games x $50 = $1050. Payment plan over 12 months = $87.50 a month!!! 88 bucks a month to see 21 National Hockey League games! Or $175 a month to see all 42. I guess we'll just have to drop the casino, a tank of gas or that Vikes game every year. Well said. This rant is exactly what this campaign is about. Hockey, but more importantly Winnipeg.
August 9, 2005 - Dave Angus (Pres, CEO - Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce)
Keep up the good work. The return of NHL hockey to this City would be tremendous and it is going to take a community effort to make it happen. Don't let up.
Let the effort begin...
August 8, 2005 - J. Krutish (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Just thought I'd comment on a 6 day road trip I went on to Chicago and Toronto. Last Friday I was able to catch a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley field against the Arizona Diamondbacks, what an amazing atmosphere! Everybody was wearing Cubs Jerseys but it didn't deter me from wearing my #13 Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets T-shirt and cap. I was walking around the concourse before the game and heard someone shout "Winnipeg!!!", it was a group of Canadians from Toronto, we talked and they hope we will get an NHL team back in Winnipeg. At the 7th inning stretch I left my seat to use the lower level washroom, on my way back up to the bleacher section, an usher girl asked for my ticket to re-enter my seating area, one of the other ushers said, "He's allright, it's cool let him through", I turned around and the usher said, "Teemu Selanne! Winnipeg Jets!" and gave me the thumbs up! That was a great feeling. We then drove up to Toronto to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame and to watch the Bombers play the Argos. Let me tell you, I wasn't the only one there wearing Jets gear! It was great to see the Jets jerseys in the crowd at Rogers Centre and Jets merchandise being sold at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Even the guy we bought tickets from off the street in TO said he heard the city of Winnipeg is growing and it's great to hear about the MTS center and other projects being built and said it's only a matter of time before we get a team back. I really enjoy this site and you're doing an outstanding job. As soon as the Jets fly home, sign me up for a pair of long term season tickets. Keep up the good work!
I'll be in Denver later this month to see the Cubs and Rockies but most importantly to see my beloved Broncos play the Colts and 49ers in preseason action. I know the energy that is felt and it is something Winnipeg sports has lacked since April 28, 1996. Period.
August 7, 2005 - F. DeStefano (Long Island, NY)
When I married my wife 3 years ago, I moved from Winnipeg to Long Island, NY where she was born and raised. As we have sat through countless boring Islander games, I have the habit of leaning over to my wife’s ear and saying, “…if Winnipeg ever gets the Jets back…we’re are moving to Winnipeg!” She smiles back at me and replies, “You got a deal!”
Why would she say that, you ask? Because she, after years of knowing me, has seen the passion and the drive of Canadian hockey fans….like myself. She understands that Canadian pride is like no other….especially in Winnipeg and especially concerning Jet fans.
I just wanted to say that although I won’t be in Winnipeg visiting until Aug 13th, my thoughts, hopes, and prayers will be at Portage and Main August 5th!!!
Good luck….I will be wearing white in New York with my heart on my sleeve and a promise in mind that if Winnipeg re-attains the Jets…I will move back home and fill 2 seats at every game!
Yet more love from the Big Apple. Chalk up two more for Winnipeg's population soon!
August 6, 2005 - G. Wiegner (Yorkton, Saskatchewan)
My family and I have moved to Yorkton, SK, but used to live in Winnipeg for our whole lives. It is great to see the spirit of Winnipeg alive and kicking.
Spirit is exactly what will bring our team home. That and a truck full of money. But spirit drives money too.
August 5, 2005 - B. Wiebe (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Now that the deal is done however, I find Bettman to be the same little weasel who took the Jets to Phoenix. I heard him babbling on about how this deal ensures that all the teams will be viable in their current locations and that the league has no intentions of relocating or expanding. I think that the NHL could give away free cars to fans in places like Nashville, Atlanta, TB, Carolina etc and still have empty buildings. The TV ratings are below bowling! I don't blame the people in those areas for not showing up. It's hard to be passionate about a sport you've never played or grown up watching. I hope the buildings are emptier than ever in those markets this season and the 4000-6000 fans that those teams did have don't come back. Let's hope Cherry and others who gives this cause national exposure stay on the bandwagon.
Keep up the good work.
Grapes is already on board but if he mentioned it regularly (every Saturday) it would certainly help.
August 4, 2005 - T. Boz (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Man I love your campaign and I really hope you can bring back our jets. I am only 13 years old and ive only been able to expierence an amazing 2 jets games when i was about 3 years old. I think that MTS center needs an NHL club badly. Ive never been able to go to a jets play off game or expierence a white-out and I can only imagine the excitement. If your campaign could bring back our Jets, I think you might as well re-name Portage Ave. the white mile after Calgary's red mile, only it won't have to be the playoffs, and there'd be 5000 more fired up Jets fans than the red mile will ever see. The Jets are missed by hundreds of thousands of people and I hope you can bring them back. The last time I was on your site was around February when the Jet-O-Meter was at 25%, I'm now amazed to see it at 75% but I never ever doubted it one bit. Get us a club and we'll be happy! Thanks for all your doing,
The Jet-O-Meter will remain at 75% for awhile until the next big step is taken...the only step that remains!
August 3, 2005 - K. Roche (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I all can say is "GO JETS GO" all the way back to Winnipeg where you belong and to thankyou in advance for all your hard work Darren on this website, because I know we will once again we will be cheering Go JETS Go in the MTS Center in the near future.
The nearer the better!
August 2, 2005 - S. Hopfner (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I was one of the lucky winnipeggers who won a trip to las vegas to compete in the WSOP. And of course I brought down the lucky jerseys. Toobad they werent lucky enough. I ended up playing for over 12 hours straight, then I got busted out on the River. I wore my white Tkachuk jersey. So many people were coming up to me saying things like: "Awesome jersey, they still make those" "I hope the NHL eventually goes back up north for you guys" --And this older winnipeger comes up to me and says-- "I didn't know when I was going to see a Winnipeg Jets jersey down here, But I knew it was a matter of time!"
People loved it. I have a picture of me sitting at the WSOP table with my stack of chips and my chip holder (ceramic Winnipeg Jets Doll). If you want to see a pic, I will send it to you. Let me know!
Hopefully it brought you luck! (unlike all of our playoff runs...)
August 1, 2005 - J. Bannon (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Amazing web site, truth be told I'm a Maple Leafs Fan, ( transplanted by parental Units ) However never have I felt the passion of a city for it's Jets' even after so many years! Being a Hockey Fan, it doesn't matter what team I favor, it's the NHL that we all want, and support you do have - please add myself to any mailing lists, and when there's money to be put up for tickets, I'll put my money were my mouth is!
We'll all have to...but it won't be as much as you might have been led to believe by naysayers.
July 14, 2005 - G. Stefanuik (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I am sure to be just one of many, many emails that you will and have been receiving. It is hard to control my emotions without tearing up with just the thought of the Jets coming home to Winnipeg. I am a 44 year old who has been a huge Jets fan from the very beginning. Had seasons tickets for many years even though was living out of town. Had seen countless exciting games and many, many hockey heros such as Bobby Hull, Peter Sulivan, Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilson, Kent Nilson, Dale Hawerchuk, Temmo Selanne, and so many more. I just hope that with the new agreement and the passion for hockey that we have here in Manitoba that we will have our team back in the very near future. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. And may it not be long off that we see a packed arena, dressed in white chanting " Go Jets Go "
It will be one big party indeed. I can hardly imagine the emotions that would run through all of our bodies. Electricity could barely rival it.
July 13, 2005 - J. Gilmore (Seattle, Washington)
I just wanted to commend you on the great job you do on the website. Long time Jets fan now living in Seattle. Keeping the dream alive that I can go up to Vancouver to see them play again.
The more Jets jerseys in GM Place the better.
July 12, 2005 - M. Love (Rhodes, Greece)
Just want to say how highly I think about the work you are doing for a very good cause - returning an NHL team to a city that greatly deserves one. I even attended WHA games at the old arena - I remember watching Hull, Hedberg, and Nielson on the power play. Later ( unfornately after those guys were gone ) I vividly remember the first time I saw a "real-live" NHL referee head onto the ice at the Winnipeg arena - with the shiny NHL crest on his uniform! I was born and raised in Winnipeg. In 1985, I left Winnipeg to go to Toronto and start my career. Toronto never was as exciting place to watch a hockey game as Winnipeg ( the whole scene is just too corporate - too many people attending first-time games with premium tickets they just got from the office or a business contact ). I also lived for a couple of years in San Jose and that was never as exciting of a place to watch hockey ( naturally ). I now live in Rhodes Greece and commute to Frankfurt Germany. I still fondly remember watching games at the old arena and will definitely make my way to Winnipeg to see them play again - I only remember Winnipeg as having the REAL HOCKEY FANS! In my last 3 years in Winnipeg, I attended every Jets home game. Some of my neighbors at the time played for Jets.My balcony was directly across the courtyard from Marc Behrend's where he would sometimes hang his goaly equipment to dry after practice ( Marc was a really nice guy - unfortunately his work in Winnipeg didn't live up to expectations ). It was a very sad day when I learned Winnipeg would lose it's hockey team. But, I really feel your campaign has made a difference. When I read something on the internet today, I realized your ( and certainly my ) dream was much closer to reality than I really expected so soon after progress towards a salary cap. After reading that article, I realized that all the pieces are quickly coming into place - just as you predicted along time ago! Good luck to you as your campaign continues and you move towards the really serious part of your effort ( and hopefully with such serious words as in the link above, you can move that Jet-o-Meter of yours a couple clicks higher )!
Around the world and maybe back home one day? Lets hope. Thanks for the vote of support and kudos. Keep an eye on that Jets-O-Meter.
July 11, 2005 - H. Fourre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Darren im behind you all the way. I may only be 13 years old but I dream of having an NHL team here in winnipeg. The MTS Centre is large enoungh to support the big league with a capacity of 15,000 and the fans will be loud cheering on the jets. With the 15,000 seats filled everyday we could be around 20th in league attendance. Me personally have never been to an NHL game but thiat is why i want the jets back. When we had those 35,000 people at the forks teams for sale should look back on those days and see what kind city we are. IT really bothers me to see the fans at the MTS Centre chanting GO JETS GO!!!! but no Jets on the ice playing hockey. We would have the smallest facility in the league but not the quietest. I think a smaller arena will mean more energy and excitement. Best of luck to get the jets back i hope to my heart you get the jets to come back.
Can't wait to get you to your first Jets game. Cross your fingers.
April 22, 2005 - C. Nylander (Whistler, BC)
Just heard you for about the last 15 minutes or so. I am with you. I have been hoping that the NHL will self-destruct - which seems to be happening - and a truly National (i.e. Canadian) league will arise from the ashes. Teams in Florida, Texas, California and Arizona! What nation are they thinking about? Sure as hell ain't Canada. I am far from anti-American, but lets get real - Americans think hockey is a cross between roller-derby and WWF wrestling. I am pulling for you - and for a coast to coast true National Canadian league.
Interesting cross-analogy of hockey from a Yank's standpoint!
April 21, 2005 - M. Meltzer (Los Angeles, California)
You're doing a great job with the website and I check it often! Keep up the good work, later dude!
-An ex-Pegger and always a Jets fan.
From the city of Muddy Waters to the city of Angels...thanks!
April 20, 2005 - Russ (British Columbia)
I agree with you the that the NHL missed (sunk) the boat in expanding too fast, rather than slowly but surely.
The NHL lost a lot of credibility in my eyes when they let Quebec and Winnipeg move south,and did not create a system that would assist small market teams. I thus turned my allegiance to UEFA Football. In Europe it is a ridiculous idea to move a team to another country just because a better financial deal can be made for a few years. There is the concept in Europe, that the team is both a business and a cultural property of the city in which it plays.
If common sense prevails, the NHL will major on hockey markets, including another 2-3 in Canada, and minor on expanding into new markets.
I respect you for standing up for Canadian hockey. Ten years ago many Canadian hockey commentators were saying that it was good for the NHL to major on new markets in the south, and now that his been shown to be incorrect.
We will have the last word. Too bad we had to suffer through a drought in the meantime.
April 19, 2005 - B. Shenback (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Hey Darren. I'd just like to commend you on doing such an awesome job!! There are so many people in this city who echo your sentiment but don't have the balls to do anything about it. I don't think there's anywone in the city who wants an NHL franchise and agrees with your comments and vision more than me. Anyways, keep up the great work!!
Much appriciated. Balls, yes. Alone, no. I know you're all with the program! I just wanted to give everyone the green light to speak up. And spoke up we have!
April 18, 2005 - J. Solodiuk (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I recently heard you on 92 CITI-FM talking to The Coach, Tom and Joe about bringing the Jets back to Winnipeg. I had heard from media reports about your web site and, just today, decided to check out your site. I read your various features on the site and was quite impressed with what you had. I especially enjoyed the FAQ section and agreed with all what you had to say there. I just want to add as well that I grew up watching the Jets and was saddened when they left. To be honest, when they do come back (and notice I said when) I'm not sure how many games I could go to but I would make a big effort to go to as many as I could so keep up the good work and lets bring back the Jets! GO JETS GO!
Glad to hear CITI got more vistors to the site. Also glad to have you on board!
April 17, 2005 - T. Vorst (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Kudos on all your hard work. I especially like the gentle pressure applied to the corporate community. There's no doubt the citizens of Winnipeg are ready to support the Jets. What we need are concrete promises from businesses, and I think you've done great work chasing them down. I would like to suggest a parallel approach: lots of teams across Canada get support from what are essentially regional offices of national and international companies. I'm thinking Chrysler/Esso/Molson's, for example. Now, if their Calgary offices buy a box at the Saddledome, and their Vancouver offices have one at GM Place, it would be downright unpatriotic of them not to pony up for one at the MTS Centre right?
Exactly. I find it very hard to believe that any national corporation would leave a Winnipeg office in the dark. It is absurd to even suggest it.
April 16, 2005 - T. Smith (Vancouver, BC)
Now that the season has been canceled I'm hoping the new CBA will be set up in such a way that hockey can return to Winnipeg.
Even though this comes at a massive cost to the success of my team, which is going to loose about 30 million dollars by not playing and most likely to loose large parts of its roster (namely Markus Naslund)... With a new cap it will most likely be set at a level where we have to dump salary even though unlike Toronto, our team was built through successful trades and "okay" drafting and not by the abuse of the old CBA. It's still a small price to pay if it means Quebec and especially Winnipeg can regain the franchises they lost.
All I ask as a fan of Vancouver (who are giving up so much), is if this CBA comes back in a state that it could support a franchise in Winnipeg that the fans in the city do everything they can to re-pay the sacrifice that the successful teams have made by not stopping until you bring a new team to your city. And once that team is in the city, that they do everything they can to make sure it never leaves again.
I wish the best of luck to the Campaign and hope to see NHL hockey return ASAP
A reborn Jets will be a team for keeps.
April 15, 2005 - T. Crawford (Spruce Grove, Alberta)
Darren, this is the best thing that could have happened to pro hockey right now. Winnipeg is not the only place that is happy with the situation. You've still got die-hard Jets fans all across the country, including a few of us here in Spruce Grove, Alberta who are really excited. It really looks like things are falling into place. I'm proud of you and all of the positive people in Winnipeg for the work you've done. How was a $42 million dollar cap going to do anything to help Winnipeg get a team back, let alone ensure the long term viability of the Sens, Oilers, Flames, Canucks, and Habs? The Oilers can only afford to spend $32 million on salaries now. Scott Taylor rocks!
Glad to hear the Jets live-on in every corner of the country.
April 14, 2005 - T. Bennett (Hartford, Connecticut)
I saw your remark that "Winnipeg may be the only market on earth that's happy about this situation." I don't doubt your sentiment, but we feel the same way in Hartford. I was talking about the cancellation with my brother yesterday, and I believe that this cancellation is a necessary step to restore the league. I'm not seeing any Whalers games either way, but the league is obviously in shambles.
Loyal and enthusiastic markets like ours have been abandoned, prices are out of control, and the product (when played) offers a shadow of the entertainment it offered 15 years ago.
Here's hoping that some sanity remains in professional hockey, and maybe one day we will see hockey return to Winnipeg and Hartford. It could happen through the NHL, or maybe it will take another WHA. Surely the conditions are ripe for an alternative today.
Yet another voice from a real US hockey market. The Whale are forever attached to the Jets historically.
February 17, 2005 - M. Clemence (Australia)
I can't believe that the NHL went through with it! I'm disappointed and sad that it happened and was hoping that at least a little of the season would be played. I'm just hoping that something good becomes of it like Winnipeg getting back the Jets!!!
The fight continues "up over" in Winnipeg!
February 16, 2005 - C. Churchill (Vancouver, BC?)
I am a die hard Canucks fan but ever since we started losing Canadian teams in 1995 I have found myself cheering on any Canadian team that makes it far in the playoffs. I want a return to the days of old where I can enjoy hating the Flames and yes, even the Jets. Can you believe that in the first round of the playoffs in 2004 I actually thought “I kind of hope the Flames win, they need the money more than we do”!!! Can you believe that? I resent that my favourite sport has been tainted by the constant reminder of the financial stress of Canadian teams. I want to enjoy seeing my team beat a smaller market Canadian team. Anyways I just wanted to say that I have been frequently viewing your site since before the concrete was poured on the MTS centre. I feel a certain kinship with what you are trying to do. All my friends know me as a passionate Canadian hockey fan who would love nothing more than to see Quebec and Winnipeg back in the fold. I believe that this lockout is going to bring positive improvements to the NHL. The longer the lockout goes on the more disinterested the American fans will get, and the more disinterested they get the more likely we will see some teams fold or hopefully move to Winnipeg. I just want to say that I support you 100% Darren, and I pray for the day that I can see Vancouver vs. Winnipeg in the western conference final. I have told all my friends about your site and I hope you and your city can soon celebrate the return of NHL hockey to Canada’s heartland. Way to go Darren, don’t let anyone tell you that your efforts are futile.
That is the first e-mail that speaks of that feeling and one that I can personally attest to. It it horrible that we have to cheer on our former rivals just because they are "poor Canadian teams". It never used to matter. Ten years ago I would have cheered for Tampa Bay just because Flames was the "F word" in Winnipeg. We shouldn't have to be concerned with the finances of a sport to the point that we ignore rivalries. Point well made. Glad to hear you are a regular! Can't wait to hate the Canucks again too! Having your Moose does nothing for Winnipeg.
February 15, 2005 - J. Vielfaure (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I keep following your quest for the Jets and I just wanted to say what a good job you are doing. I really liked the corporate phase. I don't think anyone had thought of that idea. So far with the lockout and this campaign it looks like things are looking up. Keep up the good work Darren!
Whatever responses come in from the corporate sector is a great accomplishment and one that can guage the support that will be there for NHl hockey. Glad to have you on board for so long!
February 14, 2005 - C. Walker (Ontario)
I found your web site today and its amazing! I've passed it on to other friends of mine who still live and die by the Jets. I miss the Jets and I'll be there when they return. I'd love to see Winnipeggers join the hockey world again. We have a cult of Jets fans here in Ontario and we all wear our jerseys and hats with pride in Leaf territory. Anyway I hope to get in on all the Jets gossip. Save us 4 seats for the home opener at the MTSC. We will be there!!!
It will be a sought after game, that's for sure. Ditch the Leafs jerseys and you've got a deal!
January 23, 2005 - M. Nosko (Mesa, Arizona)
Firstly, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I know what you are going through.
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and therefore a diehard Browns fan. I say therefore because it is instilled in you. I wouldnt be surprised if Bernie Kosar was one of my first words, it was that big, it was a religion.
Growing up in Arizona, I didnt get to see a lot of Browns games, everyone out here was either a Raiders fan, or a Cowboys fan (a few Cardinals fans after 1988). Sure they would mock me because in 3rd grade I would show up with a Browns sweatshirt, sweats and hat to school, even when the team would go 3-13 I would wear the Brown and Orange with pride.
I grew older and the Browns finally got into the playoffs thanks to Bill Belicheck, the Indians were getting good (until a strike) and the Cavs, they were mediocre just like we'd expect them to be. Then Art Modell announced he was moving the Browns...it was the first time I had ever seen my father cry. I cried. It was the most numbing thing I had been through at that point in my life. 12 years old and I felt like life was coming to an end. But then there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
A hockey team from Winnipeg, Manitoba was relocating to Phoenix. I didnt know much about hockey, I always loved to play it on Nintendo but beyond that I didnt know what the blue line's function really was, or that a Goaltender couldnt be the Captain and so many other rules and regulations that hockey fans knew.
It filled the void for me, a contact sport that started in the fall, just like football would have. I remember the first game I saw on TV, the Coyotes were in Hartford, playing the Whalers in there final season. Sean Burke shut out the Coyotes 3-0 as the Whalers goaltender. We lost, but I was hooked. I watched the Coyotes every game they were on. I remember when they made there home debut against St.Louis and Jeff Finley hit a St.Louis player so hard that the door from the dressing room opened. Kris King, Keith Tkachuk, Teppo Numminen, Nikolai Khabibulin, Jeremy Roenick. Those were our guys, they were my heros.
After that I bought a lot of hockey equipment, and my friends and I played street hockey, it was great.
Then the Browns came back in 1999. I was excited; they were terrible. But it didnt matter, I had the Coyotes, Browns, Indians and the also terrible Cavs. Then the 2000 season rolled around...the Baltimore Ravens had made it to the Super Bowl. I never rooted for the New York Giants harder in my life. But it didnt matter they won, the Ravens took OUR super bowl. The Browns had gotten so close in the 80s but John Elway was always there to stop them.
I read all these rants and letters that Jets fans have sent. I feel guilty. I feel guilty because I know how much I love the Coyotes. I imagine all of you hearing about the Brian Boucher streak last year, where he made history. He should have been wearing a Jets sweater. Ray Lewis should be in Brown. Jonathan Ogden should be in Brown.
In the end the fans don't matter, greed wins out. I hope that Winnipeg gets another team. Not to relieve me of my guilt, because the city deserves it, the fans deserve it.
Hockey is a great sport, but it has fallen into the wrong hands.
Long live the Jets.
Rant of the Month if you ask me! Cleveland had a happy ending and even retreived its team name. Winnipeg can follow suit.
January 22, 2005 - J. Case (Hartford, Connecticut)
Since the NHL will probably be canceled this year, we can pretend that the 2005 Stanley Cup finals will be between the Winnipeg Jets and the Hartford Whalers. WINNER TAKE ALL BOYS!!!!
Some love from Hartford.
You better be icing the Brendan Shanahan era because we're launching our Teemu squad! From one capital to another...cheers to that! (good luck Pats on February 6th)
January 21, 2005 - K. Mcguire (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I was reading the article on the guys from the States who came up here to catch a game at the MTS Centre. Thankfully they wrote to you and explained their quotes in the Winnipeg Sun. I have to admit, I never thought about transforming the old MET into a private club for season ticket holders. What a great idea! I was at the Moose game on the 18th and was outside having a smoke with my brother looking at the MET and saying how nice it would be to see that building operating again. Now, thanks to those 2 Yanks, we have a great idea there.
I keep telling people that the Jets will be back and to check your site. I love it and I thank you very much. When they do come back and I get to take my kids to the Jets games, I'm going to tell them that you are the person most responsible for their return. Thanks again, see you at the NEW MET, drinking a cold one before we head under ground to our seats to watch our Winnipeg Jets!
Now if only I could anti the money up. The Met idea has been passed around by a few supporters over the past 20 months. Indeed, it seems like a no-brainer.
January 20, 2005 - M. Walsh (Toronto, Ontario)
Hockey belongs in Winnipeg... Don't get me wrong, I'm a die hard Leafs fan, but it was a sad day when hockey left Winnipeg. Your fans are amazing, best of luck... Hope to see you on NHL ice soon.
First game = Leafs vs. Jets?
January 13, 2005 - Trevor J (Lacombe, Alberta)
GO JETS GO!! Me and my friends still cheer "Go Jets Go at football games where obviously neither team is the Jets. Bringing the Jets back to Canada will only make hockey fun again.
January 12, 2005 - G. Normandin (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I am a single dad and I believe, as you do, that having the Winnipeg Jets back would be a huge and needful celebration for Manitobans. Now that we have our new arena and the NHL owners are taking their current stance with the NHL player's association, Manitobans are beginning to dream and realize the great potential of our Jets coming back. So thank you Darren for your website because Winnipeg needs all the help it can get to fulfill this awesome wish.
It will be here for everyone until the day they come home.
January 11, 2005 - J. Palson (Edmonton, Alberta)
I wrote to you in mid-December, and was happy to see you thought enough of my words to post them on the site. I traveled to Spain over Christmas, and was pretty much shut-out of the hockey news world while away. Upon our return I was elated to see the throngs of Manitobans at the Ralph for the semi-final game against the Czechs. During the first intermission I asked Jessica, my fiancée, “are they chanting go Jets go”? We both couldn’t believe our ears. It stirred up a lot of emotion for both of us as Winnipeggers. While oversees I was also very curious about the state of the lockout. I was also thrilled to learn that no progress has been made, and that the season is close to being done altogether.
Since your site is the homepage on my PC, I frequently read the newest rants and keep up to date on all the news. The Bring ‘Em Back Social sounds like it’s going to be a tremendous event. Sadly we won’t be able to travel back for it, but I’ve already been in touch with a some of my Winnipeg brethren here in Edmonton, and we’ve decided we’d like to host a similar party here on the 12th of February.
There's surely enough Winnipeggers out there, that's for sure! All the best with your event! Keep JetsOwner.com informed.
January 6, 2005 - D. Hardman (Calgary, Alberta)
I saw your sign on TSN and I had to check out your website. I think it’s bloody brilliant man! I attended the last Jets game when I was 14 years old and I have kept my ticket in a memory box ever since. I am now 22 and got a brand new Jets Jersey last year and I am still a die hard fan. I’ve been living in Calgary for 5 years now and seeing this city turn upside down during the playoffs felt absolutely amazing. We copied Winnipeg with our “C” of red and the streets erupted with drunken fans (over 100,000 people on one street “the Red Mile”). I really wish your efforts pay off.
Yet another result of whoever got that sign on TSN.
January 5, 2005 - T. Liljedahl (Duluth, Minnesota)
Just checked out your web site because I saw someone hold up a sign in Grand Forks on TSN. I am a life long NHL fan and someone who has made the 8 hour trip to the old Winnipeg Arena to watch the Jets play the Canucks, Leafs and others. I think it's only right that the NHL return to Winnipeg as soon as possible!
I wish you all the best of luck!!
Nice to hear that you found out about the campaign from a sign on TV. Being from Duluth you must know your hockey (and wind from Superior!).
January 3, 2005 - Bobby (West Palm Beach, Florida)
I wanted to say that I love your site and that you've done a very nice job. I'm originally from Georgia and I moved to South Florida about 3 years ago. I've been a hockey fan nearly my entire life, and even though I'm from the south, I've always been a big time fan because I was always the type of person to go against the grain of what everyone else was into. What sparked my interest in hockey was when I was in elementary school, I had a teacher who was from Pittsburgh and was a big Penguins fan. I too became a Pens fan and we even started up our own fantasy hockey team (mind you this was during the 80's, wayyyy before fantasy sports became all the rage) ran by a group out of Swift Current, Ontario.
Anyway, Its really a sad state of affairs in which the NHL is in right now, and I point the blame at a couple of people... namely Bettman for his department store type mentality of expand expand expand, and when those franchises become no longer profitable, chop them off and start over. The city of Winnipeg was a victim of this type of approach... not so much because of overexpansion, but because of the leagues reluctance to build up small markets as compitetors. My team (The Penguins) are also going through some financial trouble. We play in, what I believe is the oldest arena in the league. Right now they're talking about raising the money for a new arena from proceeds from local casinos, but with the lockout and the season pending, I'm not holding out on much hope, and I fear that if they dont get it done by 2007 (the supposed deadline) it will be adios for the Pens.
What makes me really angry is apathy by the media over this whole thing with the lockout. I dont know how it is up there in Canada, but down here, the talking heads of the media are barely even talking about this, and are using this as every excuse for them to crap on the NHL and on hockey in general. I guess they're too busy hyping up gutter thugs like Ron Artest and Lebron James, and on which high school delinquint is going to be given the next multimillion dollar shoe contract than to worry about hockey. Its really a shame. Oh well, hopefully the US will keep winning in this junior tournament, because even though it might just be minor leaguers, its at least SOMETHING, and will give ESPN absolutely no excuse not to cover the games. Anyway, keep up the good work
That's just it, in Canada loving hockey is anything but "going against the grain". We live for it. Nice to see a real hockey fan down south. However, I think you would agree, you are the exception, not the rule.
January 2, 2005 - R. Mills (Houston, Texas)
First off, let me say that I love your site! I only wish there was a site like this for Houston.
I live in Houston, Texas, which ALMOST joined the NHL along with the Jets and the other former WHA teams in 1979 (had the original Aeros survived to play in '79, we would've made it), and has been passed over repeatedly for expansion and/or relocation ever since. And I don't see why. Most of the time, the answer we get from the NHL is that our arena was too small (the former Compaq Center seated around 16,000). Our NEW arena, the Toyota Center, is more than capable of housing an NHL team, yet we are still stuck being a MINOR LEAGUE affiliate to the NHL (Minnesota and Dallas). Granted, the modern Aeros are good, and have a loyal fanbase, but they are still a MINOR LEAGUE team in a MAJOR LEAGUE city! What I'd like to see is the Aeros elevated to NHL status (Hey! It could happen...) as either an "expansion team" or a relocation and renaming of a current team, and a rivalry renewed with whatever team you can convince to relocate and become the Jets (maybe Phoenix?) after this damn labor dispute is over and done with. I am only 22, and wasn't alive when the Jets and Aeros had a fierce rivalry in the old WHA, but from what I've read in the history books, it was a great rivalry. I long for the day that the Winnepeg Jets make a return trip to face off against their old foes, the Houston Aeros. Now THAT would be a game worth buying tickets for! Anyways, I wish you luck with seeking a team to return to Winnepeg, and I'll be praying for the day the NHL comes to its senses and returns to two cities where NHL hockey most definitely belongs: WINNIPEG and HOUSTON!!!
Hey, as long as we get a team back I'm all for other relocation. Just no expansion. Though I don't believe hockey belongs in the south, Houston certainly does make a better case to house the NHL than Raleigh, Miami, Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Atlanta or Nashville.
January 1, 2005 - S. Ali (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Just came upon your website. I think it's great what you're doing. Winnipeg is in need of another professional team to play in our new arena. As a promoter in the entertaiment industry, it would be great for the city and the people.
You can obviously appreciate the benefits of keeping young people here and flooding the Exchange District with them. Red Mile watch out.