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Winnipeg Fans Speak-Up After Home Loss

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

In the afternoon they had arrived at the MTS Centre two hours early to line up in -26 windchill and swirling snow gusts. They came in painted faces and replica jerseys and carried Thundersticks and sang and danced and cheered with sheer delight that the hometown heroes were finally back on the ice and winter could be put back in its proper place.

In the evening, they called in to the radio talk show. Someone wanted an “APB” put out on forward Kyle Wellwood. Another wanted one put out on centre Bryan Little. Both had been invisible, though they were hardly alone among the Jets in turning in weak performances.

The odd fan called for calm, saying it was but one game out of 48, saying the team – the Atlanta Thrashers until fall 2011, when they relocated to Winnipeg – is in a rebuilding phase that will likely take five years. They have good draft picks coming up – six in the first three rounds this June – and it is going to take time.

But other callers were having none of it. They didn’t like the forwards, they didn’t like the defence, they didn’t like the goalie. One caller said he’d wasted $200 on tickets to the home opener.


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Savage Henry's avatar

As a long-suffering Atlanta fan, I can concur with this.  The disappointing thing about the Thrashers wasn’t that they lost, or that they weren’t as good as the other team, it’s how often they appeared not to care.  This occurred throughout the franchise’s history, with multiple coaches, multiple captains, etc.  There never seemed to be an expectation that the players would show up and compete for 60 minutes every night.  I probably attended 100 Thrashers games overall, and never left feeling like the team had left it all on the ice. 

Sad to see this trend continuing.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/20/13 at 09:22 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

Peg fans just need patience.  This is a new ownership, GM, coach system.  We just need to draft well and develop well.  The Detroit model is a perfect example.  Most of their core players are ones they drafted.  Hopefully, we can get that same kind of consistency but we won’t know for sure how it’s it going for another few years.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 01/20/13 at 09:28 PM ET

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