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No More ‘Free Passes’ For Winnipeg

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It’s not often a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers serves as a demarcation point for a franchise, but that’s exactly what happened to the Winnipeg Jets a week ago.

After losing to the Panthers and looking putrid doing so, the Jets were booed off the ice by their own fans. The same fans, incidentally, who waited 15 years for the NHL to return the way a spinster pines for marriage and who hadn’t seen the team in action at home in more than two weeks.

It was then the Jets stopped being cute and cuddly. And now if the team has any hope at all of making the playoffs in their first season back in Manitoba, they have to establish an identity beyond being the former Atlanta Thrashers, beyond being the new novelty act in the NHL, beyond being Canada’s seventh team.

Yes, NHL hockey belongs in Winnipeg. We all get that. Now it’s up to the Jets to prove they belong in the NHL.

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Which game were you at? The fans definitely did NOT boo the team off the ice. If anyone is grateful for having a team back it’s Winnipeg. If you were in Winnipeg for 15 minutes you wouldn’t have a hard time picking up on that.

Posted by Chad from Winnipeg on 11/18/11 at 12:55 PM ET

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