It would be awesome if we could get a second WHL team in Manitoba. Its not like there is a tone of extra travel for the visiting teams, and they'd have an instant rivalry with the Brandon Wheat Kings. there is more than enough hockey to go around in Winnipeg and all of Manitoba!
To the original post, True North sent out survey's today to gauge interest in WHL hockey for the Winnipeg market.
According to the True North release:
The purpose of the survey will be to gauge the potential interest in a Western Hockey League (WHL) franchise in Winnipeg, should an opportunity develop for this market. The survey will be sent to a sample group of current and former MTS Centre and Winnipeg Jets customers. Only those that are sent an email will be asked to participate in the survey at this time. We will continue to advise the media in the event there are further developments with respect to True North Sports & Entertainment and the Western Hockey League
If a Major Junior team becomes a reality in Winnipeg there will be some serious bussing time! Also, may be difficult recruiting East Coast boys to play in -40°c! However, the positives would be an instant Wheat King rivalry and the fact that fans would be able to actually get affordable tickets! Hopefully this franchise would not affect the Winnipeg Blues (MJHL - Jr 'A')....
I would call them the Winnipeg Bone Chillers!
You do realize Brandon is only 2 hours from Winnipeg right? Teams have to come all the way out here anyways
You have to read a couple of quoted posts, Rowdster was concerned about East Coast guys.
Sorry about the typo - I meant WEST Coast players! It might be a bit of an adjustment for a kid to move from Victoria to Winnipeg! TeeShirts to Parkas! I realize that many WHL players are draft or list players - however recruitment does play a large role.
Best of luck to the 'Peg - the Wheat Kings deserve a shorter commute!