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02-17-2013, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Back in the Bigs View Post
yes, Ben Hatskins favourite NFL team was the New York Jets and when he started up the Winnipeg franchise in the WCHL, he named it the Jets
it had pretty good crowds incl several sellouts against Flin Flon Bombers back in the days of Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach, but once he purchased the WHA franchise and pro hockey came here, major junior hockey crowds dropped off a lot.
I remember going to Clubs games when my brother played, and it was pretty sparsely attended, mostly family, friends of players, etc

not to say it couldn't work, but being the farthest east team makes it a challenge for them and the rest of the league
Partially true.

Hatskin and Sonny Werblin were friends and both wanted to own a team called the Jets. Hatskin owned 3 teams in the MJHL and there were rumours of a western junior league. When the MAHA approved it, Hatskin got a franchise and named it the Jets. ITM, Werblin bought the New York Titans of the AFL and renamed them.

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