Winnipeg hockey fans have spoken and it seems True North Sports & Entertainment has listened.
According to Nick Kypreos of Hockeycentral, it appears the Winnipeg team will once again be known as the Jets when NHL hockey returns to the city next season.
“I’m told that it will be the Jets,” Kypreos said on Hockeycentral Thursday night. “Obviously, they got to go with new colours and a new logo, but when it’s all said and done, look for the Jets name to come back to Winnipeg.”
It was originally believed that True North wanted to go in a different direction with the team name, but popular demand to revive the Jets name was too much to ignore.
“I really believe they didn’t want to go in the direction of Winnipeg Jets or Manitoba Jets initially, but it’s been overwhelming (response). Whether it’s been the Twitter world or anything on the internet, people really want to see the Jets,” Kypreos added.
Some reports suggest an announcement on the team name could come as early as Friday, before the team makes its first-round selection at the NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.
The Jets originally left Winnipeg in 1996 when the franchise relocated to Phoenix as the Coyotes. Other names that were reported to be in the mix for the Winnipeg team were the Moose, the name of the franchise’s AHL affiliate, and Falcons, an amateur team from Winnipeg that represented Canada and won gold at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.