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Even Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn’t know what jersey he’s giving to draftees

Jun 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Kevin Cheveldayoff AP

Winnipeg is busy taking care of business of late. They’ve picked a new general manager in Kevin Cheveldayoff, they’re in the process of picking out a new coach now that they’ve decided to move away from Craig Ramsay, and they’re still trying to figure out just what in the world they’re going to call the new team.

True North ownership is still deciding whether or not they’re going to go in their own direction to call the team the Moose, Polar Bears, Falcons, or some other team name or if they’ll adopt the moniker that helped put Winnipeg on the map and call the team the Jets. With that one decision still up in the air and the NHL Draft set to start on Friday night, things could get a little awkward when Winnipeg makes their first draft pick at seventh overall.

When it comes time for Kevin Cheveldayoff to make their pick, even he’s not sure just what kind of jersey and draft cap he’ll give to their first round pick.

A name and logo have yet to be unveiled for the team and it won’t necessarily happen before the weekend.

“Certainly there’ll be a sweater — whether it’s a team sweater or not, I guess that remains to be seen,” Cheveldayoff said Monday during a conference call with a handful of reporters. “There has been different discussions about what to do in the case of a sweater not being available.”

That might just be a bit awkward for whoever ends up being picked to go up to the stage, shake hands with the executives of the team, have the host of Winnipeg fans sure to crash the party in St. Paul, Minnesota going wild for him and… Wear a sweater with an NHL logo on it or a True North logo and feel at home.

While the guys at True North continue to sort through what they’re going to do, Tuesday shapes up to be a big day for them as the NHL Board of Governors will vote to approve the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to True North and officially seal the deal for Winnipeg. After the fans met their goal of selling 13,000 tickets with flying colors, it’s expected that there won’t be any problems at all and the Board will approve everything.

  1. dirtydog57 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    “TRUE NORTH” would be a great name!!!

  2. 89seminole - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    How can you be an ownership group that for years worked to get a team and not know what name you would use? If you can’t get a name and jersey ready by draft day that’s unprofessional and lame. I hope their using the draft to present the name and logo.

  3. gerkman - Jun 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Bring back the Jets tradition

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Here’s a hypothesis: True North was all set for the new team to be called the Manitoba Moose (there were all sorts of stories around the time of the move about how True North had spent a lot of time building up that brand and making it something viable) then right after they announced the relocation they realized it would be a collasal mistake because the fans want their Jets back. So they’ve spent the last few weeks designing a logo and wordmark for the new Jets.

    The only question will be whether it’s the Winnipeg Jets or the Manitoba Jets? At least that’s what I’m hoping.

    There’s plenty of Jets throwback stuff available on the market, why not give draft picks that this weekend?

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