NHL To Look At Winnipeg First * Return of Winnipeg Jets *





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Uploaded on May 17, 2009

It's been 13 Long years without the NHL in Winnipeg, and there has been very few glimmers of hope on the horizon that a return to the NHL has the League backing the idea however; back at the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas, Gary Bettman hinted to Ron MacLean of CBC Sports that he felt Winnipeg could support an NHL Franchise. He also was stated that if the League were to relocate OR expand, it would indeed be "Winnipeg First".

Up until a yesterday, these statements were wildely regarded as being "Fluff" as he was only making these comments in front of the mass media however; it has now been offically released that Mr.Bettman HAS cited Winnipeg as the first place in Canada for expansion OR relocation of an NHL Franchise.

" NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told officials with Phoenix Coyotes that the NHL would consider moving the team to Winnipeg but not Hamilton, court filings show.

Earl Scudder, a lawyer who works with Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes, said in an affidavit filed last night that he told Bettman on April 3 that there was interest "by a purchaser from Canada that wanted to move the team to Southern Ontario".

Bettman replied that the league would not approve relocating the Coyotes to Hamilton because the Copps Colesium was over 30 years old. He added that "if the team did return to Canada, it would be to Winnipeg," Scudder alleged. He added that a new team in Southern Ontario would have to be an expansion club."

The NHL may have deserted us Winnipeg fans but, we now have an NHL Caliber State of the Art arena with ZERO obstructed seats, private ownership of the building which will now allow them to create the capital needed to support an NHL Franchise ( Unlike the Winnipeg Arena in which W.E.C owned the building taking in 50% of all revenue leaving the owners with practically nothing ); A great ownership group in True North represented by Mark Chipman and Rabid Hockey Fans waiting for the return of our game. Winnipeg Jets wasnt just a team; to Winnipeggers the Jets were our Heroes. We looked up to each Jet, and in return, the team gave Winnipeg a Place on the World Map! The NHL Will be back but, until that day, sit back, have a little patience and dream of the day the annoucement WILL BE made! ;)

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