Return of NHL Hockey: All Winnipeg related NHL News

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,Dixie Drama,Drama in the Desert,Drama in the Desert & Dixie,Relocation News on June 2, 2011 — 9 Comments

True North:  Drive to 13,000We will leave this link at the top for all those interested in purchasing NHL season tickets for next season.  It currently remains only open to corporate sponsors and Moose season ticket holdersWhen the next update occurs (4:30 pm cst) be sure to check back on IC for the updated totals.  If you can’t be online, check us out on twitter @illegalcurve as we will post the totals on there as well.

Drive to 13,000: 2,300 tickets were sold in the last 24 hours, the counter goes up from 1,870 to 4,170. With 5 of 8 presale groups activated, these will be a tough ticket to get for the general public.

Globe and Mail:  Season-ticket campaign going great in Winnipeg Anyone one bet that they hit 13,000 by Monday?

Winnipeg Sun:  Buyer beware NHL presale scalpers.  Scott Brown, spokesman for True North Sports and Entertainment says it best “buyer beware”.

Winnipeg Free Press: Superstar Byfuglien looking forward to playing in front of Winnipeg crowd.  If he needs a fishing buddy I’d volunteer, unless he wears that suit.  Will be nice for him to be able to have friends and family from Minnesota come down to Winnipeg for a game.

CBC:  Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts.   Lots of Winnipeg talk focuses on the need to solidify the front office for the team here in the Peg.  He also has thoughts 2-5 about the new team including:

As mentioned, Noel is the frontrunner for the Winnipeg coaching job. But, the Moose wanted to interview Kirk Muller for the position before that hiring. The Canadiens declined permission.

Click ‘read more’ for additional all the news links, blogs, and today’s picture of the day.

CTV Toronto:  Toronto city councillor says the city should ask for a second teamI think all the citizens of Toronto would be behind this initiative, except for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Kilmer Sports Inc. who own the Leafs monopoly of the city.

TSN:  Winnipeg is done but questions remain The league needs to stop under appreciating the TV deals it has in Canada.  Not exactly chump change.

CBC:  Winnipeg’s NHL name waits on ticket drive. A friend of mine suggested that True North should have allowed the season ticket holders it is recruiting via the Drive to 13,000 to place one vote for the team’s name as they register to put a down payment for their tickets.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Locking up Ladd should be first priority.  Amazing that without a name or logo (supposedly), True North is already under pressure to lock up it’s RFA’s.  For a great breakdown of the entire Thrashers squad make sure you check out Richard’s comprehensive piece he wrote yesterday.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Drive to 13,000 must be achieved I agree with Gary.  For all the doubters who don’t believe Winnipeg has what it takes to succeed in the NHL, this ‘proof of life’ may help quash that type of talk and it appears we are well on our way (approximately 14% sold in under 4 hours).

Winnipeg Free Press:  Chalk up Chipman’s success to the four P’s.  While all are important I think it is clear that True North as an organization exemplifies the 3rd P (Professionalism).

Winnipeg Free Press:  Regrets?  Chipman has two.  We have an easy solution for True North’s Chipman.  Read our retrospective of the day it was announced the NHL was returning to Winnipeg, to see some pictures and video’s of the day’s events.

Globe and Mail:  Hockey’s franchise value in eye of beholder.  They should be thanking their lucky stars they got the reported 60 million from True North for the relocation fee.  Perhaps it’s time to kiss and make up with Jim Balsillie.

Winnipeg Sun:  Corporate Winnipeg sweet on NHL luxury suites.  So much for Winnipeg’s lack of corporate support.  I’ve heard that the waiting list for a box at the MTS Centre is already massive.

Globe and Mail:  Winnipeg gets Thrashers as first reported in the Globe and Mail.  Well Bruce doesn’t pull any punches when discussing how the Globe’s report was discounted by its competition.

CBC (video):  Coach’s Corner.  In case you missed it, Don and Ron had True North’s Mark Chipman on, and the discussion ranged from the name of the team to the Queen.  Think it is pretty clear what Don Cherry wants the team to be called.

TSN:  Jets meterWith all the news I missed the fact that TSN didn’t get the memo that the only meter we are interested in anymore is the Drive to 13,000.  Amazingly they still won’t allow their meter to hit 100% as they have chosen to await BOG approval.


Globe and Mail:  Manitoba Moose headed to St. John’sI’m really surprised the team isn’t moving to Regina, SaskatchewanWould make it easy for call-ups.


Atlanta Journal Constitution:  Thrashers holding a wake starting tomorrow at 11amI still go on YouTube and watch the “funeral” Winnipeg held at Winnipeg Arena when the Jets left Gotta feel for the fans in Georgia.

Cross Checks (ESPN):  Breaking down Bettman’s presserVery odd that we’ve heard zero out of Phoenix since the Atlanta news broke.

Bird Watchers Anonymous:  The Thrashers chapter comes to a closeThis was one of the best Thrashers blogs you could find and The Falconer led his dedicated bunch well.

Picture of the Day:

  • Great picture of the day. 

  • I’ve got to wait until Saturday but not sure I can take the waiting.  

  • Is TSN crazy?  As if this isn’t a slam dunk.  They must really hate Brunt.

  • I am spending the next few days practicing to see how many computers I can simultaneously operate in anticipation of noon on Saturday. 

  • Since Canada is one of the most wired nations in the World, I expect that the True North servers on Saturday are going to get slammed.  This will be similar to the time, Rich, Mutton and I tried to get Tickets to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals when they released 1000 tickets on the Thursday before the game.  Using 3 computers, 2 of us were able to get 2 tickets apiece.  Saturday is going to be a big day.  Coincidentally sales start the moment the Illegal Curve Radio show concludes.  Coincidence I think not.

  • Don Cherry had better be at Game 1.  His support has been excellent. Right since the team left and we had that funeral back in 96′.

  • Luke Miguez

    Despite the elitism, the GTA would be a good spot for another NHL team.  But not before Quebec City.

  • very unusual that Phoenix talk has died down.  wonder how season tickets are now that team has been saved for another year.

  • Luke Miguez

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Winnipeg after two days of limited season ticket sales has reached the same amount that Phoenix will reach by September.