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Poll: Name that (potential) new Winnipeg NHL team

May 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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By now you’ve hopefully heard the strong rumor that the Atlanta Thrashers will relocate to Winnipeg. Sure, there have been some steadfast denials and the Atlanta Spirit are still selling Thrashers tickets, but most signs indicate that it’s just a matter of time.

Thrashers fans are planning a rally to save the team while Winnipeg hockey fans are already celebrating the return of the NHL after a 15-year absence. There is a caveat for those Winnipeg fans if they do get what they’ve been wishing for: that NHL team might not be known as the Winnipeg Jets. As you may already know, the NHL/Phoenix Coyotes owns the rights to the Jets name and might not want to give up the money generated from selling Jets memorabilia to nostalgic hockey fans.

Still, it’s possible that the Winnipeg Jets could be re-born. With that in mind, we thought we should ask you: if the Thrashers move to Winnipeg, what should the team be named? Here are a few of the more prominent options.

Jets: The most obvious choice for nostalgic (and awesome retro logo) reasons, but again, it would require some maneuvering to get the name back … if they could.

Thrashers: Should Winnipeg go the unexpected route and actually use the old mascot?

Manitoba Moose: That’s the name of the AHL team that currently inhabits the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Some think that True North will want to move that team name to the NHL.

Falcons: This would represent more of a “fresh start” rather than bringing in the “baggage” that comes with choosing Jets or Thrashers and wouldn’t take away the name of the area minor league team, either. The Winnipeg Free Press points out this option because the Falcons played in the 1920 Olympics, giving it an interesting history aspect anyway.

Rebels: A nod to Winnipeg’s history (plus it sounds cool and shouldn’t carry any negative Civil War connotations).

Warriors/Wombats/Wizards: Hopefully the team doesn’t go the alliteration route, but you never know.

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OK, so those are a few prominent choices, but suggest your own in the poll by writing in your favorite choice in the “Other” category. Either way, let us know your favorite choice by voting below.

  1. donttouchthedirtypenny - May 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    They won’t even to have to close off a street for the rally. Something like 5 people will show up.

    • govtminion - May 20, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      I’d have said 100 tops when they announced the rally. Now, with this news? Figure either no one shows up, or a whole ton of people do to show how pissed off they are. It should be interesting to see which is the case.

  2. polegojim - May 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    I’ll bank on moderate to little interest. It’s a Braves/Falcons/Bulldogs town.

    Those folks just don’t get hockey and don’t care. Much better off in a culture that understands and appreciates the game and deep history.

  3. trigdaddy - May 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Somehow I don’t think the NHL would allow a team to be named Rebels

    • trigdaddy - May 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      oh and if they plan on going alliterative, it has to be the Winnipeg Wildcats

  4. endtimespropheticwords - May 21, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    GOTTA BE THE WINNAPIG WHINNERS……….A……….

  5. tommytd - May 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Winnipeg Jets II

  6. dkehler33 - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Join over 9000 others and show your support for the Winnipeg Jets name! Sign the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39649.html

  7. rhyker1 - Jun 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    They can’t go with falcons because atl NFL team is the falcons and the hockey team is from atl, jets would be awesome but there’s no money in it with everyone already having Jerseys and other merchandise, floods would be alright because we deal with the flood every year like the NHL season comes once a yr, or Thunder would be alright too there is the tampa bay lightning but remember the boom of the thunder comes after and is always heard , and back then the jets were the white lightning so think of the thunder as a second coming or the Boom after the white lightning. Thunder is strong bold and can be heard!

  8. hystoracle - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    If you really look at it that Jets logo is really horrid. I don’t see how you could take that name given all the records and team history went to Phoenix. If they move Phoenix to Quebec City are they going to be the Nordiques? No. That team is in Colorado. If they are allowed to use the Jets name please update the logo..

  9. Robert - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    There is only one name that is worthy—-and it’s the Jets.

    Falcons, Moose and Rebels are an insult…..

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