National anthem tradition at MTS Centre pays homage to ‘True North’ – Jets players reactions

Posted by David Minuk in featured2,Featured2,Jets Columns,Winnipeg Jets on January 6, 2012 — 4 Comments

Some things are beyond a team’s control.  When fans get an idea germinating in their heads, and when word starts to spread, anything is possible.  It was in this vein that the idea began to sweep the city to pay tribute to the organization that brought the NHL back to the city of Winnipeg.   It began on the message boards and has been adopted by each crowd that takes in a Jets game.  If you want to learn more about how the ‘True North’ chant was created it was covered by the Winnipeg Free Press last month.

For those who haven’t been able to take in a game yet this season, during the singing of the Canadian anthem, the crowd of 15,004 emphasizes the words in this part of the anthem:

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

Watch/listen to this video to hear the words said by the MTS Centre crowd:

I personally love this tradition.  It is a respectful innovation that plays on the lyrics in the song to show the crowds appreciation to the True North organization.

We wanted to know what the players thought of this tradition and here is what they said:

Andrew Ladd

Tanner Glass

Chris Thorburn

Mark Flood

Chris Mason

Even players that aren’t from Canada enjoy the emphasis on ‘True North’;

Jim Slater

Zach Bogosian

Tim Stapleton

Alexander Burmistrov

So what do you think?  Are you a fan of this tradition?  Do you dislike it?  Sound off in the comments section.

  • Anonymous

     I think this tradition is great! I believe it is a tasteful acknowledgment of the hard work TNSE has put in to getting the NHL back in Winnipeg. That being said, I’m torn on it with respect to hearing it in other team’s rinks (ie. Toronto last night). Other team’s fans may not appreciate the sentiment and it may be interpreted the wrong way and I would not want to see this show of appreciation lead to any negative experiences for the Jet fans out there.

  • Anonymous

    I love it! I might be alittle biased tho lol

  • http://twitter.com/justgotupndjava swervinmervin

    One of the coolest things I’ve ever heard.  I thought Tim Stapleton’s comment was good – it is great to hear people singing the whole national anthem, as well as the TRUE NORTH shout out.

    Way to go Jets fans!!!  Fabulous idea jertam1!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609456468 Kris Merrells

    Pfiefe, once again, is on point.