Why the Jets?

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Below is a copy of the letter I sent to True North Sports and Entertainment. They will no doubt be receiving thousands of emails and may or may not have their mind made up but if you feel as strongly as I do about the history and the meaning behind the Jets, I urge you to send in your own respectfully written email to the: [email protected]

First and foremost thank you for all you’ve done to bring NHL hockey back to Winnipeg. I’m sure you are being overwhelmed with emails from diehards that want their name chosen for the new team and if you take the time to read this it’s very much appreciated.

I can understand the reasons behind not going with the Jets and can certainly understand why you may want to use the Moose name. As a Winnipeger by birth that now takes up residence in Calgary and that has cheered for the Flames for the past several seasons I know that myself and many relocated Winnipegers will always have a burning desire for our Jets. I’m sure I don’t speak for everyone but I’m sure there are many that also feel the same way when I say that I’d be first in line to burn my Flames gear and stand in line to buy a brand new Jets Jersey the second they’re released. While I’ll still support a Winnipeg NHL team it’ll be a lot harder to connect with them if they’re called anything else, especially if they are called the Moose because I will always associate the Moose as Minor League Hockey and it would take a long time to change that opinion.

The Jets name is recognizable not just in Canada and the States but internationally too even in fantasy football where other teams usually dominate. I use draftkings daily fantasy football since they have the best deals and most active players.  Whenever I identify myself from being from Winnipeg I get asked about two things. 1. Is it really that cold there? and 2. When are the Jets coming back? We don’t have much to brag about when it comes to Winnipeg and while our love of hockey will always be one of those things it would mean so much to us to keep the team name the one that we identify so closely with.

Change the logo, change the colors all that’s superficial but please, please don’t change the name.

You’re already heroes in Winnipeg but you have the chance to become legends.

Go Jets Go

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Jeff Stevenson is a co-founder of winnipegwhiteout.com and co-host of the popular Jets Hockey Podcast. He grew up in Winnipeg, MB and became very passionate about sports, hockey and the Jets. Now Jeff is proud and honored to help bring news and information about the Winnipeg Jets to fans around the world.