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Fans welcome Shane Doan back to Winnipeg… by relentlessly booing him?

Dec 1, 2011, 9:43 PM EDT

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You’d think that fans in Winnipeg would be happy to see their former hero return to the ice for the first time in 15 years. He’s the last member of the Jets 1.0 that is still in the league and he was the final first-round draft pick of the team that moved in 1996. So what’s the best way to welcome the well-respected veteran back to where it all began?

By booing him every time he touches the puck, of course.

For the record, Doan has never trashed the city of Winnipeg since moving with the Jets/Coyotes to Arizona. “I never once said a single disparaging word about Winnipeg,” the Phoenix captain told The Hockey News. “I simply stated that the connection that I had with Phoenix was because I’d been there for 15 years, the same thing as I would have had if I’d been with Winnipeg for 15 years and someone told me I had to leave.” “I never once said a single disparaging word about Winnipeg,” said Doan. “I simply stated that the connection that I had with Phoenix was because I’d been there for 15 years, the same thing as I would have had if I’d been with Winnipeg for 15 years and someone told me I had to leave.”

To be fair, the MTS Centre crowd was ready to boo just about every time any member of the Coyotes took possession of the puck. Still, the loudest boos were reserved for the guy who should have been receiving the loudest cheers.

The Jets organization paid tribute to Doan during a TV timeout in the first period even though the crowd started booing Doan from the beginning of the game. The crowd participated by rising to their feet and giving him a standing ovation—then promptly returned to booing as soon as the game resumed.

Here’s the question for the readers: Does it make sense for the Jets fans to boo Doan in his “homecoming?” Or has the ridiculously cold weather ruined their ability to think clearly during the hockey season?

  1. danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    It’s not really that unusual. Nor is it particularly sane, but at least it’s PREDICTABLY irrational, right? The weird part is that they actually cheered the tribute. I mean, what the fuck? You ARE aware it’s EXACTLY THE SAME GUY, right, Winnipeg?

    • scrouch - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM

      Uhh, anyone on the opposing team might get booed to throw them off when playing in Winnipeg, moreso if it’s one of their top players. Seemed to work tonight. The crowd showed him respect between whistles, but during play the crowd will do everything they can to take them off their game.

    • davemeisner - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      When I was watching the game I noticed that EVERY Phoenix Coyote was boo-ed. Unlike most NHL cities, Winnipeg actually knows hockey and show up to games. Us Jets fans gave Doan his respect during a break but when the puck is dropped he’s not a Jet. We’ve boo-ed every opposing team that has stepped in the MTS centre.

  2. geshtahl - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    I think it makes perfect sense. Doan said it best himself, “I simply stated that the connection that I had with Phoenix was because I’d been there for 15 years, the same thing as I would have had if I’d been with Winnipeg for 15 years and someone told me I had to leave.” That cuts both ways. Jets fans didn’t get to enjoy the career of Shane Doan. They got one season before they had to watch another city claim the team for 15 years. Every point Doan scored must have burned the hard-core Jets fan pretty bad.

    As a Red Wings fan, I don’t even want to imagine a world where I got to see only ONE season of Nicklas Lidstrom’s career!

  3. trbowman - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Don’t boo the poor guy, he’s got enough on his plate – playing in Phoenix in all.

  4. taytay099 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Doesn’t matter what city they’re from, sports fans are very fickle.

  5. rainyday56 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Guess KeithTkachuk is glad he’s retired and does not have to play there. They booed him when he was still playing there

  6. sippindasyzurp - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Us fans in Winnipeg want to make it as tough as possible to play in there and energize our team… There professional athletes and it comes with the territory… We are paying $100 a ticket, so were going to make sure the visiting team doesnt get a free pass!

  7. scrouch - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    I was at the game and the entire Coyotes team was booed every time they touched the puck, it wasn’t anything against Doan. He was given a good standing ovation in the arena, but when play resumed he was just another Coyotes player. And they were all booed.

  8. babar61 - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    They realize doan isn’t bryzgalov right?

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    We boo everyone to try to give the Jets a mental edge. Doan’s in good company – Pronger & Ovechkin have both got the same treatment. The fans gave him a STANDING OVATION during the break to ahow they respect him & the. Went back to doing what home fans should do .. .. Boo the opposing team … The artciles here are fetting worse & worse. Also, do your homework- Teemu Selanne is still in the league as well as Nikolai, both part of the Jets 1.0

  10. maco88 - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Does the name of future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne ring a bell? Came into the NHL with the original Winnipeg Jets, played four season with them and is STILL playing in the NHL.

  11. tommytd - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    Hey the fans pay their hard earned $$$ to watch overpaid athletes play kids games. They can boo or cheer whomever they wish! There’s no loyalty left in professional sports on either side of the fence!

  12. birdsnblues - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    It won’t be long and they’ll be booing their own team again…. And then they can move to Phoenix again

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