first off, nothing for families to do? what about the Festival du Voyageur, the Manitoba's Children Museum, Folklorama, plus the hundreds of local sports teams. There is just as much for families to do in Winnipeg then any other city.
second, parks. Winnipeg is home to one of the most popular and most accoladed public urban spaces in Canada, the Forks. not to mention it is home to the MASSIVE Assiniboine Park that contains a zoo, cycling paths and tons of other family friendly activities.
third, the not many people live here comment. 750,000 isn't as much as Phoenix, but what does this have to do with anything? and theres no Russian people? from the Russian Cultural Association of Winnipeg:
The Russian speaking population is now one of the fastest growing communities in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is also home to highest percentage IN CANADA of foreign students so they must be doing something right if they're attracting international young people for their universities.
some mroe stats from 2010:
# Manitoba’s population grew by 17,400, the largest calendar year gain since at least 1971. This was driven by a record net migration inflow of 11,800 persons. Immigration hit 16,000 persons, a 65 year high.
# Manitoba is getting younger while Canada is getting older. For the second straight year, Manitoba has proportionately less persons 65 and over than Canada. This reverses a long-term trend.
# The decade of the 2000’s has seen Manitoba’s population grow to close to 96,000 persons. This is more than double the previous ten year period when population grew by less than 43,000.
...."Manitoba posted the fastest demographic growth in the country in the fourth quarter with an increase of over 3,600 (+0.3%). Net international migration (+2,600) was the principal factor for the demographic growth in the province. As of January 1, the population of Manitoba was estimated at 1,243,700."
if it's such an awful place, why was it the fastest growing province in this period?
Bryzgalov is simply an ignorant buffoon. Winnipeg has a much lower crime rate than Phoenix, less pollution, less traffic, more cultural activities (including arguably the best theatre, dance, and music scenes in the country), natural beauty right outside the city (for Phoneix you have to drive through 4 hours of sprawl to get anywhere), and the most welcoming people in Canada. It has, since Canada's inception, been a place for people from all countries to settle and build they're life in this country. And you know what? Most of those people are still here. so **** you Bryzgalov and anyone else who spots out mindless lies about Winnipeg.
It was pretty stupid of him to say what he did based off of two experiences there. However, that is the reputation that Winnipeg has. I would hope that TNSE would be smart enough to not run their potential organization off of free agency. Even if Winnipeg has improved, which it has, it still doesn't hold a candle to damn near any other team in the league. There is a lot of appeal almost anywhere else either with how the city is or the prestige of the franchise itself or a more proven management group.
Why the anger? An NHL player has mostly as much as only 2! opportunities to decide where to play all by himself during his career. They have a right to do whats the best for their families. So all Bryz wants to say is that he really likes it in Phoenix and would like to stay instead of getting UFA but if the team gets moved, he will bolt to Russia if not traded. Thats that easy!
He's an UFA, he can say whatever he wants about places he doesn't want to play in. He'll obviously not stay within the franchise if they move to Winnipeg. This is not more offending than players not willing to sign with the Islanders past off-season.