Sweet tap dancing Gods of Hockey. Is that the newly signed Captain of the Winnipeg Jets riding a private plane into town wearing a cape and looking like every bit of the man who is going to lead the team back onto the ice after a 15 year hiatus?

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Why that is exactly what that is. What a wonderful day.

There are precious few times in life where wrongs can be righted years after the fact. Accidentally punch your brother in the face when you were 8 and broke his glasses? Odds are he is going to carry that grudge to his grave, or at the very least bring it up in front of girlfriends for the next 20 years*

Perhaps you were cut from an athletic team as a youth because you were impossibly small as a 7th grader. Odds are you aren’t about to go back to your junior high school and demand the second opportunity to try out for the Junior Men’s Basketball team all these years and all these inches later.

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Even if you made the team, having girls from your school watch you practice is nowhere near as cool as it would have been back in the day. No, that ship has sailed too*

But lo and behold one of the biggest injustices in Canadian sport has been reversed some 15 years later, and the Winnipeg Jets are back on the ice for the 2011-12 NHL season. And don’t even try to bother us with all of your logical rhetoric that the Jets are currently languishing in Phoenix and that the Thrashers are in fact the team returning – not the Jets.

*Stories appear courtesy of the Life of Wanye (2011) 


Are these the real Winnipeg Jets? Let’s take ask a few pertient questions shall we?

Question 1: Do they play in Winnipeg? (Yes/No)

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Question 2: Are they called the Jets? (Yes/No)

Question 3: Does the jerseys they wear say Jets on the front? (Yes/No)


The Jets have come home and they are a damn fine team in a few years too if you ask us**

**Which you should


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Soon enough the rapturous joy of having the Jets back on the ice will wear off, buried under an under performing powerplay, injury problems or some such thing. Same goes for the out pouring of goodwill from hockey fans around the league.

So long as Winnipeg is playing in the Eastern Conference you have the unparalleled support of the Western Conference fans. We hope you go all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in 2012 – before losing to Edmonton in a sweep where you are outscored by a combined tally of 92-3***

But next year, when you are in the Western Conference and fighting with our beloved Oilers for precious playoff points there will be no love. But in the meantime we have no beef with you Winnipeg.

In fact we are pretty pumped for you cats. As someone who lives in Edmonton and has lived through a year long hockey strike we can only imagine what NHL free Canadian winters must be like year after year after year.

But all that frozen boredom ends in October.

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***Story appears courtesy of the Hopes of Wanye (2011)


The interepid battalion of Nation Network writers will be setting up shop here in the next few weeks, introducing you to your new team in the detail that can only come from being REALLY REALLY intense about your ice hockey squadron.

In the meantime however, consider this to be a guest book where everyone can stop by and wish the Winnipeg Jets and their legions of fans all the best. All the temporary best mind you, cause next year we hope you go 0-82 and are robbed of your good players in a series of lopsided trades by the Edmonton Oilers who are looking to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions in the 2012-13 season.


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Remember this sad, sad day? Well the next time the Jets play the Wings? It’s gonna be some sweet sweet comeuppance.

Final note: Big ups to Lead Hands McLezy for the inaugual photo on Nice.

  • Aitch

    Jets! I once spent part of a Winter in Winterpeg. My hockey highlight was recording the Wayne Gretzky HHOF induction stuff onto 18 VHS tapes. Or was it watching my nephew’s Pee Wee team practice. Either way, congrats on becoming relevant again.

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

    Welcome back Jets fans

    Nation has your Jets covered


    Edit: Jets Fans, I write Haiku, you dont like it, dont prop it.
    For now that you are in the East, GO JETS GO, but once you leave the “Dark Side” I hope the Mighty Oil lay another 10-4 beating on you.

    Seriously tho, Welcome back.

  • lostdog82

    Welcome back to the NHL.One more team to cheer for against Calgary. Embrace the JetsNation and kiss your wife good bye cause you will spend ALOT of time on here.

  • Coaliethegoalie

    Welcome back Jets!! As a devout Oiler fan for life, you will forever be my 2nd pick. May you lay many beatings on the Canucks, Habs, Sens, Leafs and especially the Flames. Mostly the Canucks and Flames.

  • DoubleJ

    My new second favorite team in the NHL.

    Who’s the longest running Player on this team?

    These players are about to become famous, it’s like they’re won Canadian Idol.

    No more walking through the local mall unnoticed.

    So Exciting.

  • Guardian

    Welcome back to the party Jets fans! I hope for many blowout victory against the other “Canadian” teams this year for you (except for Edmonton of course, let’s get serious). Next year though you can suck it real hard, like burrows does for the sedins! until then WHOOOOHOOO GO JETS! oh and what the heck is Ladd doing to that poor kitten? doesn’t he know we no longer have to sacrifice animals to the bettman demon for his safety and protection?

  • Jofa

    Can’t f**kin wait for the puck to drop in Winnipeg next season.

    Having a team ripped from the fabric of a community and sent to a disinterested fan base in an American desert is a fate I wouldn’t wish on anyone, except Canucks fans.

    I never imagined, watching my Jets 15 years ago play their final game in a sea of white, that I’d ever see them return. The return of the Jets to the NHL is truly one of life’s few and far between beautiful moments when what is right actually seems to coincide with reality. F* you Gary F*’in Bettman. Winnipeg returns, and the demise of Phoenix is soon to follow, weasel.

    Mark it in your calendar, the first WPG NHL game of the 2011/12 season. It’s going to be an amazing night, where a city that never gave up hope will welcome back it’s team. I don’t care where your allegiance lies, this is about righting a wrong in the universe and bringing hockey back to the Canadian prairies where it belongs.

    Go Jets. Thanks for keeping our name… I trust you won’t lame out the new logo and jerseys.

    And please bring back the oversized portrait of the queen. It’s not the same without Lizzie watching over her Jets.

  • Love it!

    Heading to the Peg on Wednesday. Going to the Bombers game and will surely be buying one of those awesome 80’s look jerseys.(2-0!!!) Will be buying all sorts of Jets clothes at River City too.

    Can’t wait to get back home and escape the rain…

    Oh yeah, took advantage of the sports closet deal yesterday and bought the Smytty jersey. Thanks for bringing the Peg into the Nation Wanye.