more coming soon....
January 28 - G. Loewen (Winnipeg,
I just wanted to send you an additional note of support.
I've followed your
"Bring back the Jets campaign" right from
the beginning. I've always wanted
to believe that the Jets would come back, but people's
heads have been
really spun on the *impossibility* of it. Well, I can
see that people's
minds are changing. If Winnipeg binds as a community
with the full
potential of it's voice, they WILL be back.
Creating this voice is something you've been working
towards and I think
you've been doing a great job. The flyer at the '06
exhibition game, the
redesign of the website, and some of your publicity
you've mustered have
all been contributes to the progress of getting our
right to an NHL team back.
In light of Gary Bettman's recent comments, I view
that has a huge victory in showing progress. Finally
the NHL is realizing that it HAS fans in Canada. That
it doesn't need to *build* a market here because it
already exists. The expansion further south is doomed
to fail. It's crazy not to have an NHL team in Winnipeg
where we only have one united passion for a sport. ....Hockey!!!
I am flattered that people follow
and know of every move this campaign has taken. Mostly
I am just glad people care! We all should care! There
is both stategy and timing involves with a venture such
as this, mixed in with an absolute need for caution
and maturity. Luckily, I am none of these things outside
of this campaign! I don't take much seriously, including
myself, except for matters surrounding this campaign.
January 27 - S. Nagy (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
I first must say I sincerely applaud your dedication
in seeing what Winnipeg wants, Winnipeg needs and most
importantly what Winnipeg DESERVES and that is the return
to the NHL. Now I have posted on here before and even
went on recored of buying 2 seasons ticket packages.
Now I admit I was skeptical but deep down always clinged
to the notion of the NHL returning. I truly believe
that when the day comes that we get our wish that this
city will truly come alive for the first time in over
a decade. I sure hope that day comes sooner than later
and I look forward to going downtown to watch real hockey.
We all should be thankfull for your efforts cause it
takes a TRUE FAN do but all these efforts in without
expecting anything in return...well except for the NHL.
I spent my 20's without NHL
hockey and now I want my 30's with the NHL. Anyone who
thinks I have an alterior motive behind this must think
I am truly mad by now. There are far eaier ways to become
"known". And I thought the music business
was an uphill battle! The truth is everyone that supports
this site is a TRUE FAN. Period.
January 23 - I. Henderson (Calgary,
I was in Florida last week and went to the game vs.
Carolina. They announced the attendance at about 10,500.
NO WAY!!! There was MAYBE 5,000 in there at the most.
Another "inflated" attendance figure. There
were also SO MANY give-a-ways and freebies......free
tickets this and free tickets that!!! Parking is also
included in all Panther tickets. I spoke to some (of
the very few) die-hard Panthers fans and they all said
they admit the crowds get smaller and smaller every
year. It is football country afterall. But hey, don't
forget Gary Bettman once said hockey works in South
Florida and not in Winnipeg. I just saw that proof.
Ahh, the power of perception.
The perception that the NHL is doing fine because the
newspaper reports that 21,653 are coming to see the
Tampa Bay Lightning every night. Then you go to a game,
and walk-up last minute to get tickets, and you realize
that a number is clearly just a number...unless of course
people in Florida look like blue chairs.
January 20 - G. Burwash (somewhere
You have a real tough road ahead of you with this campagin.
I really do appreciate what your doing as well as many
others. Thank you!! It seems the NHL dosen't want a
team in Winnipeg, that's what your really fighting with.
It seems they would rather have teams in markets where
the potential to blow open is a possibility.
The NHL is no friend to Canada as far as that goes.
My family moved out to Alberta from Birch River in the
mid 80's because of work. Alberta has been very good
to me but when it comes to sports I am a total homer
and love the Bombers and the Jets.
However, we are fighting with
a league that understands its failures, finally, and
can no longer dismiss Winnipeg's ability to sustain
a franchise and be a heck of a lot more successful than
many current teams in the league.
January 9 - R. Beaudry - (Winnipeg,
I imagine you get as frustrated as anyone when you
come across these articles discussing why Winnipeg doesn’t
have an NHL franchise. It's tiring to see people (in
this case TSN’s Darren Dreger) who don’t know the facts
or figures yet dispense their thoughts on the seating
capacity of our arena and the level of corporate support.
I understand that he’s a sports writer/commentator and
is entitled to his opinion -in the big scheme of things
it doesn’t really matter; but to blame it on the size
of the arena is quite lame and uninformed. In fact its
become redundant to hear some media types give such
a pat answer.
If I had a dime for every mis-representation
that Winnipeg receives from the media (both local and
national) I'd be buying a team myself. Fact is, you're
right...it doesn't matter in the scheme of things because
the key people know what Winnipeg is made of and that's
all that we need to be concerned about.