The Winnipeg Jets – Is This Going To Happen
We miss the Jets. We rue the day they left, and that day is indelibly etched in my mind. When the Jets started as a WHA team, with the million dollar signing of Bobby Hull, we were skeptical of the league. Was this going to be a fly by night thing? Turns out we were wrong. The Jets thrived and became part of our community and psyche. Anders, Ulfie, Joe Daley, Velli-Pekka Ketola, we ruled the WHA. Hell, we even beat the Russian Red Army team, head to head. Then came the NHL. The league we ruled disappeared and we were absorbed by the NHL. The terms were stiff. We lost everybody and went from the best to the worst. But we loved our Jets, still do. Eight of us bought 4 season tickets and we went to the old barn to see the Bruins, the Rangers, the Leafs, we were in awe. Then came the day when our hearts were ripped out. They were gone, gone to that hockey hotbed, Phoenix. My God, Phoenix. Not fair. We did everything we could to save them. I think we raised 50 million dollars, but it wasn’t enough. They were gone. We couldn’t compete with a 65 cent dollar and the old barn, the Winnipeg Arena.
Times change though. We have a new rink, a dollar worth a dollar and a galvanized public. All that remains is to make sure the new owners don’t do something dumb and name them something else than the Jets. I found this video of the last farewell. Remember the past and look forward to their future. Go Jets Go!!