A win for charity

There’s an old saying that goes “sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.” Today was a huge win for True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE), the City of Winnipeg and the NHL. It was a bit of a loss for us.

We posted a story this morning that wasn’t intended to create distrust amongst our followers and readers but to educate on the somewhat overlooked reality that the overall deal hinged upon. Without the NHL Board of Governor approval, we’d all be crying. It was meant to be educational and thought provoking.

Then came what we were all waiting for; word of the approval that the NHL was officially returning to Winnipeg after a long, fifteen year absence. We took a chance on a source that, in the end, appeared to be nothing more than a fan hoping for the best. For that we’re also sorry. We jumped the gun and pushed publish before official word of a unanimous decision was released.

We learned more today and have adjusted our promise to you.

  • We want to be the number one place that Winnipeg NHL fans turn to when they want to read accurate information.
  • We will report the real news, once we have heard it from a credible source.
  • We will begin flagging rumors with a highly visible image indicating as such.
  • We will place these stories into their own category.
  • We will also continue to make mistakes and learn from them…we’re human after all.

When we discovered that the information we had presented was possibly inaccurate, and thus caused a lose situation for us, we wanted to ensure there was a win. We tweeted that if the Board didn’t make it a unanimous decision we would donate $500 to charity. Well we’re still going to make that win even though the Board was unanimous in their decision.

But now we need your help. We need to know the charity that we should donate to on behalf of our readers, Winnipeg NHL fans, Winnipeg Jets fans and everyone who’s a fan of this amazing city called Winnipeg. It’s a small token of our appreciation to be able to be a part of it. Please leave the name and/or website of the charity you feel strongly about in the comments below by June 30. We will then make our selection at that time. Thank you once again and GO JETS GO!!!

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Marshall Stevenson regularly contributes to one of the best Winnipeg Jets blogs as an editor and co-founder while also working on JET FUEL – a documentary about Winnipeg Jets fans. Of course he's also behind the only official, unofficial Jets fan gear site. And as if he wasn't busy enough, a co-host on the popular Winnipeg Jets focused Jets Hockey Podcast.


  1. Tim Bonnar

    June 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Through my employer @KingsTransfer:twitter  I do a lot of work with Osborne House, The ALS Society of Manitoba, RaY and we also do a lot of work with Kid Sport MB. I would definitely support you sending money in any of those directions

  2. Aisling

    June 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    A topic close to my heart…premature babies.  Why not donate to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital

  3. Lindy Norris

    June 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Guys,


    I have a suggestion which I
    strongly feel is an ideal fit for the $500 donation: Believe in the Goal
    Foundation. Not only is Believe in the Goal locally founded, it also supports a
    cause (cancer patient care), provides opportunities and patient comfort for
    kids affected by cancer, and integrates the sport responsible for uniting all
    Canadians – hockey. 


    Believe in the Goal Foundation was founded by the late Todd
    Davison in 2006, with a vision of creating positive impact on and greater awareness of cancer patient
    care. He was an avid hockey player and active in the WHL when diagnosed with a
    rare form of cancer, Synovial Sarcoma, only days after his graduation in June 2004. Todd found inspiration in professional athletes Lance
    Armstrong, Mario Lemieux, and former Blue Bomber
    GM Lyle Bauer (themselves cancer survivors), whose efforts helped focus to
    the fight against cancer and provide hope for thousands across North America. In the spring of 2006, after returning from an inspirational
    conference presentation in Vancouver by Lance
    Armstrong, Todd uncovered his new found purpose and passion. He would take
    his trademark drive and determination and apply it to helping young victims and
    survivors with cancer, through a newly formed Foundation – “Believe in
    the Goal.”


    Davison, a once NHL hopeful, began Believe in the Goal’s annual
    Superstar Summer Showdown charity hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to raise
    funds for improving cancer patient care. Each year, this event brings the best
    NHL players to Winnipeg – many of whom Todd played with
    in the past – to raise awareness and make a difference for those in stages of
    cancer patient care. Through Todd’s rise as a talented Manitoba-born junior hockey
    star, he regularly played against the likes of local home-grown NHLers: Travis Zajac
    (New Jersey Devils), Colton Orr (Toronto Maple Leafs), Nigel Dawes (Calgary
    Flames), Cam Barker (Minnesota Wild), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers),
    Jordin Tootoo and Dustin Boyd (Nashville Predators), among many others. As a result of Todd’s very personable and
    well-liked nature, these friends became loyal supporters of “Believe,” well
    past Todd’s own passing on December 2, 2006.


    Please consider this cause well-worthy of your $500. Todd
    Davison’s legacy firmly remains in the many hearts of friends, families, hockey
    players, and many others in Winnipeg and abroad, as Believe in the
    Goal Foundation continues in his honour.



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