With any franchise in sport an idea can start on a whim and gain momentum until it becomes a full blown tradition. Winnipeg has a reputation for creating new and interesting ways to show support from the White Out to Tuxedo night to the Beer Cup Snake that would have no doubt been a tradition had it not been banned for safety concerns and the newest tradition to hit Winnipeg, Swaggerville.
Be it a quote from a player, a team intiated action or just a group of fans coming together no one knows for sure what will catch on and become tradition. All we know for sure is there will no doubt be a few new traditions that pop up this time around. There has been a facebook group created to try and start the tradition of yelling “True North” after true north is sung in the national anthem. A similar practice is done in Calgary with the crowd yelling “C” anytime “see” is sung or “Red” anytime “red” is sung. Who knows for sure if this idea will catch on or not but it is a nice tribute to the company that brough us NHL hockey once again.
Another idea we’ve heard kicking around is the Salute. Since this team is military thememed it would make sense to salute players after scoring a goal or making a big save. We have to admit it’d be a pretty intimdating site for oposing teams to see a sold out crowd of 15,000 people dressed in white and saluting their player after a goal. But is it realistic to think fans would or could syncronize this to have that desired affect?
There seems to be the newer tradition of street hockey games breaking out to celebrate so perhaps that will develop into a new tradition that continues on? Evander Kane’s first tweet after the Jets name was announced was hashtagged #Jetsflytogether. Don’t be surprised if that phrase continues to build momentum as the season begins either.
The bottom line when it comes to traditions is they can’t be forced, overtime they will simply develop and the beauty of a good tradition is no one will remember who started it, they’ll just remember it.
So until then just remember to honour the traditions we’ve got and new ones will happen in due time.