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Originally Posted by JetsFlyHigh View Post
Nope, Mark Chipman owned the Manitoba Moose and looked into having a downtown arena, the closed down building in a downtown lot owned by David Thomson was the perfect place so the two got together and built a strong partnership. Thomson has been working in Winnipeg thru the Hudson Bay Co., and he isn't just an "out of town sugar daddy".

The Jets were made possible by: The MTS Centre, TNSE and the background of owning a pro hockey team, Winnipeg - being the only viable option at that time, and the availability of a franchise.

TNSE have been talking to the NHL for several years, before the whole Phoenix/Atlanta or whatever city was flubbing to have a team.

You've been educated.
Regardless of what his business connections are with Winnipeg, it's extremely hard to see the Jets flying home without Thomson's largesse.

I'm very thankful for that as I've been wanting the Jets to return to Winnipeg since the moment they left, but the Jets aren't there if Thomson is out of the picture.

Saskatchewan...it's too small, period. Winnipeg is the absolute minimum size for a market to have a team in the NHL. I don't care about how well they support the Riders; the Riders play only once a week, on the weekend, during the summer. Let's see how many people are going to be making the drive from Lloydminster to Saskatoon on a Wednesday night in January.

Maybe some day they will be large enough for that to happen, but they're going to have to triple in size for it to be realistic.

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