October 12 2011 06:20PM
It seems strange at this point in time that we at the Nation would go out of our way to cast a villain for the upcoming season. As I described to a fellow “Nationite” last weekend, everything has been all flowers and cupcakes in the Peg this summer and it has to end! Well actually I don’t expect it to end for a while yet, at least not until the first losing streak of the season…
October 12 2011 10:55AM
It was quite a first week in the NHL.
Winnipeg welcomed back the Jets and gave Gary Bettman a standing ovation, an agent went ballistic over a two-game suspension, Sidney Crosby didn't play, Jaromir Jagr returned, the Sabres, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Red Wings, Predators, Sharks and Oilers were undefeated, Don Cherry looked foolish, the Blue Jackets, Flames, and Jets went pointless, thankfully Lowetide didn't change his ways and a few players inched closer to some great achievements.
October 10 2011 11:43AM
A rough loss for the 'Peg early on, with the national media having descended upon Winnipeg and the hockey world, lovers, haters, it was probably tough to find a TV this thanksgiving in a Canadian home not tuned into the Jets first game back in Winnipeg. Montreal jumped out ahead early and won quite decisively 5-1.
-I'm always wary of games like this for the home team. Distraction plays a major part when there's an event surrounding the game that's bigger than the game. The press suggested that the Canadiens were in tough because this would be a loud crowd in Winnipeg, but, they've already played this season and can approach this game like any other. It's just another road game in a loud building. For the Jets, you have to deal with questions pre-game from Scott Oake such as "what's it like to finally play in a building that cares?" (I'm, of course, paraphrasing the wooden CBC personality's god-awful question to Evander Kane) and I have to think the players think about that a little too much. Outdoor games tend to favour the road teams (the home team is 2-4), as do home openers (the home team is 9-10 so far this season).
October 10 2011 09:11AM
The Montreal Canadiens may have come into the MTS Centre and spoiled the Winnipeg Jets return to the NHL party Sunday night, but the fact of the matter is, Jets fans, en mass, don't seem to mind that much.
Because NHL hockey is now officially back in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ever seen a team get a standing ovation during the final minute of a home opener when they got beat 5-1?
Chances are, the Jets are in elite company there, and they have their fans to thank for that.
Reality is, Winnipeg fans couldn't care less the score of the game, even though they would have rather seen the five goals come from the boys wearing polar ice blue instead of bleu, blanc, et rogue.
October 09 2011 11:02AM
Well, it's finally here. Jets 2.0 begin their real play this afternoon not simply as the focus of a city's interest, but as the center of the hockey world for at least one day, which seemed utterly inconceivable six months ago. It's still hard to accept, to be honest, but even those of us inclined to cynicism about the community's mood in the runup to today's event have had to acknowledge that something good is on the cusp. It's fair to say that for many Winnipeggers, today is a quasi-religious celebration of something lost and returned in its own way.