This section is designed to entertain as well as to
make people think. Any quote related to the cause belongs
here. It could relate to the return of NHL hockey to
Winnipeg or to the failure of many teams down south.
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|John Buccigross (ESPN Sportscaster) says...
"If there is one unsold ticket to any Caps home game next season, the team should immediately be moved to Winnipeg. Owner Ted Leonsis could get 16,000 15-year season-ticket agreements in one day from NHL-hungry Manitobans if Ovechkin came to town."
|Paul Kelly (NHLPA Chairman) says...
"If a franchise is not doing all it can do to maximize revenue, that obviously affects the players. My own belief is that if a team from a nontraditional market has to relocate, it should go to one of the Canadian cities, like Winnipeg, where it would have the fan support and the revenue streams to do well."
|Steve Yzerman (Retired NHL Player) says...
"With the new economics the Canadian cities are thriving, so down the road I don't think (the NHL returning to Winnipeg) is unrealistic," he said. "I always enjoyed coming here. It's a real hockey atmosphere. And some of the new markets in the United States, that atmosphere isn't there yet."
Doan (Former Winnipeg Jet) says...
"Those are huge moments that I'll always remember,"
Doan said. "And I'll never forget the last
game we played there before moving to Phoenix. It
was the loudest building I've ever been in for a
sporting event.... ever! I couldn't hear what my
teammates were saying."
Hawerchuk (Former Winnipeg Jet) says...
"If it looks feasible, I think there's a real
chance that one of these teams struggling, say in
a non-hockey market in the U.S., may decide to make
that move to Winnipeg."
Hoggarth (Referee) says...
is a future NHL city"
| Gary Bettman (NHL Commissioner) says...
"The NHL is not looking to relocate franchises
and not considering expansion.
But he if a franchise
does have to move, there are several markets interested,
including Winnipeg. I believe, in an ideal world
under the partnership we have with
the players and
the salary cap, that Winnipeg probably could support
an NHL team".
Walsh (Player Agent) says...
no matter what kind of game we get when it comes
back, it's not going to be the same," hockey
agent Walsh told the Los Angeles Times in January.
"Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Anaheim, Carolina—those
markets are d-e-a-d dead. Put a fork in 'em, they're
Chipman (Chairman of the MTS Centre) says...
"It is feasible. Winnipeg could have a team.
It depends on the price tag and if we can get the
revenue to run it. It wouldn't be easy, but it's
||Jack Todd (Montreal Gazette)
"Forget the sunbelt, Gary
Bettman. You've done enough damage there. Move the
Penguins and young master Sidney Crosby to Winnipeg,
which never should have lost its franchise to Phoenix
in the first place."
||980AM Regina says...
"There is no better place for the Penguins
to call home than the Manitoba capital. With the
new collective bargaining agreement, the league
could certainly return to Winnipeg....especially
now that they have a brand new NHL style arena."
||Al Strachan (Toronto Sun)
"The Panthers now have
lost 13 of their past 14 games, the most recent
being the 2-1 victory by the Maple Leafs on Monday.
The announced attendance of 11,215 probably wasn't
even half that, despite the fact that the team is
selling promotional tickets for 75 cents."
note: Even teams that boast winning records are
posting similar attendences and promotions. What
happens when they start losing?
||Don Cherry (Hockey Night in
"They're not building
a 15,000 seat arena for the AHL. I think (a return
to Winnipeg) could really happen, and it could be
one of the most successful franchises in the NHL"
||Sam Katz (Mayor of Winnipeg)
"I want to see the day
when... dare I say, an NHL team is beating down
our door, eager to skate in front of the greatest
hockey fans in the world once again."
||Bill Daly (NHL VP) says...
"There's no reason to think Houston or Kansas
City would be considered ahead of Quebec or Winnipeg
(for relocation). There are still too many empty
seats in markets like Carolina and Florida, even
though attendance is up in those markets"
||Teemu Selanne (NHL Player)
"I have nothing but great
memories from Winnipeg and what great hockey fans
and a great hockey city that is. I think Winnipeg
definitely deserves a team there again."
||John Davidson (Hockey Analyst)
"I firmly believe that
Winnipeg deserves an NHL franchise. I think it's
time that the NHL thought seriously of relocating
some of those failing teams in the U.S. markets
[to cities] where the game is truly appreciated.
And if Winnipeg has a new arena, it should have
a shot at getting a team back"
||Ron MacLean (Hockey Night
in Canada) says...
"How do I know?
I just feel, and I've always felt somehow, that
they would return to Winnipeg? And I just think
based on what we've seen, it's hard to imagine all
of the Sun Belt teams surviving. I could be wrong
on that. But relocation might be the easiest option
||Jeremy Roenick (NHL Player)
"When we watch hockey
games and see 8,000 fans in [Washington] D.C., you
cringe as a player. Those cities that aren't pulling
their weight in terms of drawing fans and revenue
are hurting everybody as a whole, not just that
||An annonymous elite hockey
what, Winnipeg, as crazy as it sounds," the
banker said when asked to name a couple of likely
places for problem franchises to land. "At
least everybody there is a hockey fan. Sure, the
arena is small [by NHL standards], but if you could
fill it every night, who cares?"
||Chris Rock (Comedian) says...
When asked if he'd watch hockey this year..."Maybe
a little. Hockey is like heroin. Only drug addicts
do heroin. It's not like a recreational drug. Hockey
is kind of the same way. Only hockey fans watch
||Howard Bloom (SportsBusinessNews.com)
"If I were to pick the top-5 places
to relocate a team, I would put Winnipeg at No.
1. They have an arena, it's a traditional hockey
market and they have enough corporate support to
make it work. There’s absolutely no doubt in my
mind that hockey will return to Winnipeg in the
not-too-distant future. It’s a no-brainer. The NHL
will return to Winnipeg. Much sooner than people
||Randy Carlyle (Coach of the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks) says...
think if there's enough will in the community and
there's a commitment to doing it I don't think they
can stop that city because through thick and thin,
they've endured a lot of heartaches and loss of
the Jets (1996) and the acquiring of them... They
went through the gamut and I think they're quite
prepared to do it again if it makes sense. But there
has to be a will within the community to get it
||Terry Jones (Sun Media) says...
"Phoenix is one of those sun-belt franchises
I can see being contracted in the next few seasons
if it doesn't end up making the return trip back
north to become the Winnipeg Jets again. Mike Barnett's
pre-lockout moves to sign Brett Hull, Mike Ricci
and Peter Nedved didn't do it. The Coyotes have
already cut ticket prices on nearly 15,000 seats
from 11% to 25% depending on location. More than
5,000 of their seats will be available for $15 or
less U.S. per game."
||David Angus (Winnipeg Chamber
of Commerce) says...
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
||Jacques Demers (Hockey Analyst)
"If you're spending US$18 million
or you're spending US$24 million, it probably doesn't
make that much difference because you're competing
against US$80 million," he said. "But
now if you're spending US$28-30 million, you're
competing against US$34-36 million. There's only
a couple of teams that will be close to the upper
||Blair MacKasey (Hockey Canada)
"It would be awfully nice to see NHL
hockey back in Winnipeg. The support they showed,
sellouts for exhibition games, driving through snow
storms to get to the (Team Canada) games in Grand
Forks was incredible. It makes you wonder what the
hell we're doing playing hockey in Carolina and
places like that."