The Winnipeg Free Press reports the official announcement is due during tonight's draft.
No logo, sweaters or colours are expected to accompany the announcement when it comes, but the Free Press has been told when it does, it will likely bear no resemblance whatsoever to the style used by the former NHL team in Winnipeg.The Winnipeg Sun notes that no other name but Jets was appropriate for the team.
Naming the city’s newly acquired NHL franchise the Winnipeg Jets makes sense on so many levels.
It not only honours the city’s hockey history, but returns a piece of Winnipeg’s identity that lingered on life support for 15 years after the original Jets left town.
It’s an homage to all the great players who wore the jersey and proudly represented the city in a different era.
It’s for Bobby Hull and Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, Dale Hawerchuk and Thomas Steen. It’s for the late John Ferguson and Lars-Erik Sjoberg and Ben Hatskin.
It’s for the legion of fans who maintained an allegiance to the name even in its zombie state, purchasing merchandise at an amazing rate even without an actual team to support.
It’s for the people who grew up with the Winnipeg Jets and felt heartbreak when they left but never really let them go. The ones who struck up the “Go Jets go!” chants at every hockey event in the city and kept their jerseys close by so they could wear them with pride the minute it was announced the NHL would return to Winnipeg.The front office this week also named the team's head coach. He's Claude Noel.