Winnipeg Jets Logo - 1974-1990
I am aware that this story is old news by the time I finally write a post about it. But if you’re coming here for news, you’re fucked. Bring yourself up to speed at The Globe and Mail. They broke the story in the first place, and they’ve covered it well. It’s too bad Atlanta lost their team, but if you aren’t at least a little bit happy for Winnipeg, with all the shit they take all the time, then you don’t have a soul.
This team needs to be called the Winnipeg Jets. I would accept Manitoba Jets as an alternative, but they need to be called the Jets. Moose is a bush league name, and anything else would just be ridiculous. I’m going to show you some reasons why they need to be called the Jets, the only way I know how – through hockey cards.
1989-90 O-Pee-Chee - Randy Carlyle
They need to be called the Jets because Randy Carlyle has looked the same since 1989.
1992-93 Score - Phil Housley
Because Phil Housley was way cooler before he started wearing number 96, even though he wanted out of Canada.
1992-93 Pro Set - Ed Olczyk
Because Ed Olczyk was American, and he still gave a fuck about Winnipeg and the Jets.
1990-91 Score - Stephane Beauregard
Because they also had home jerseys, like the one Stephane Beauregard is wearing here, but you’d never know from looking at hockey cards. Winnipeg is too cold for photographers in the winter.
1990-91 O-Pee-Chee - Doug Smail
Because Doug Smail’s mustache and jersey tuck gave him sick style.
1990-91 Pro Set - Dale Hawerchuk
Because Dale Hawerchuk’s last Winnipeg card was one of the best.
1993-94 Upper Deck - Thomas Steen
Because Thomas Steen is a fucking Winnipeg City Councillor now.
1992-93 Upper Deck - Teemu Selanne - Young Gun
1992-93 Upper Deck - Keith Tkachuk - Star Rookie
And, because there was once the makings of a pretty good team in Jets jerseys.
I rest my case. Save us all the hassle. Call them the Jets.