What can we tell you? How about something obvious? We’re both Canadian and huge hockey fans. More importantly we’re huge Winnipeg Jets hockey fans. And yes, it’s we or us, not me or I. There’s two awesome guys behind this website, so let’s take a chance to introduce them to you.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Marshall moved west to Calgary in 2000 where he latched on to the Flames, regularly proclaiming “I’ve already lost one team, so I’m not going to lose another.” That of course changed the other day when it was announced that Winnipeg was seeing the return of the NHL and hopefully of the Winnipeg Jets.
Growing up he gave mock interviews, pretending to be Wayne Gretzky while his uncle patiently conducted the questions. There’s recordings of them somewhere, but who knows where. It was at that time it was clear how much he loved hockey. His first hockey game wasn’t until the early 90′s though. It was a classic match-up with Detroit. Looking back it’s quite ironic that both his first and last Winnipeg Jets games were versus the Detroit Red Wings. He was in the stands when rookie sensation Teemu Selanne scored his record setting 54th goal, was presented with his new car from the Winnipeg Jets organization, and of course, the final game the Winnipeg Jets would every play in the Winnipeg Arena before moving to Arizona.
Jeff was also born and raised in Winnipeg, MB before moving west in 2005 and finally putting down roots in Calgary in 2007. It was in Calgary, ironically, that he found himself connecting more with his cousin Marshall than when they were growing up in the same city. His friends and family had always asked him if he would move back to Winnipeg one day. His reply “only if the Jets come back will I even consider it.”
Jeff grew up around hockey and the Jets were the only team that mattered to him. Countless nights he would be out late on the street with his brother pretending to be Dale Hawerchuck or Teemu Selanne and countless others that wore the Blue, Red and White of the Jets. He was only 14 when the Jets played their last game but like he had been lucky enough many seasons before, he was able to attend that last and final playoff game vs Detroit. Jeff is so passionate he still holds a grudge against Detroit for eliminating the Jets from the NHL to this day.
Any Jets fan knows the significance of a whiteout. It’s a tradition that still continues today in Winnipeg at hockey events. When the Jets relocated to Phoenix, the fans there attempted to continue the tradition but were missing one key element – the white noise. During games the sound level would consistently reach over 100dB, garnering the white noise moniker.
A passion for hockey. A passion for Canada. A passion for the Winnipeg Jets. The three main reasons why the Winnipeg Whiteout website exists. We invite you to leave a comment and let us know what you think of the site. If you’d like to, feel free to connect with us.