What About The Rest Of The Winnipeg Jets’ Story?

One group that has been conspicuously quiet during the bring-back-the-Jets campaign has been Thin Ice, (Amazon) the Winnipeg civic group who campaigned against any deal, using civic or provincial money, to save the Jets or build a new Hockey arena to replace the Winnipeg Arena. There’s always been a divide in Winnipeg society between those who blame this group for the Jets’ departure and those who blame Garry Bettman and the National Hockey League (Disclaimer: I’m very much in the latter camp, as there’s evidence everywhere that Bettman would have moved the Jets out of Winnipeg even if Jesus Christ appeared in front of the moving vans wearing a Teemu Sellane jersey).

So it’s interesting to note that nobody covering this story in the national media, or in Manitoba, has bothered to contact anyone who was involved with Thin Ice in 1996 for their opinions on the Thrashers’ move to Manitoba. Sights of people celebrating the return at Portage and Main — or at Fort of the Forks — especially when it’s almost certain that the same people who are the happiest about the Jets’ return won’t have the corporate connections or the cash to buy tickets (Winnipeg Sun) isn’t news after the first half hour or so. Getting the other side’s opinion … now that would be news.

News, remember that? Oh, never mind.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

4 thoughts on “What About The Rest Of The Winnipeg Jets’ Story?”

  1. Get on it then LaRose. This place has practically turned into a Winnipeg blog anyway.

  2. 1 out of the last 19 posts deals with the Winnipeg NHL story. Could you pleeeease change the subject. Geez!

  3. “…it’s interesting to note that nobody [is] covering this story in the national media.”

    The national media has, in fact, covered this angle. Here’s a link to a recent Globe and Mail story on Thin Ice. You must have missed it.

  4. Ha! Thanks for having our back TR. Bad news though: I was just in Winnipeg so I might have a couple posts on our NHL- and terrible football team-having neighbour to the east this week.

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