Saturday Stub: The Winnipeg Jets Are Back but Are They American?
Posted by Ethan Clow on July 30, 2011
And now for another Saturday Stub, where I post some short piece of news or other commentary that I think is of minor interest and perhaps worthy of some brief consideration on a Saturday.
Earlier in the year the collective “hurrah” from Winnipeg was heard sweeping across Canada as the NHL announced that the Atlanta Thrashers were moving to Winnipeg and would play in the 2011/2012 season.
Sad news for Atlanta hockey fans though. This was the second team they lost to Canada. The Atlanta Flames left the city in 1980 and moved to Calgary. The city got a new team in 1999, unfortunately the Thrashers didn’t capture the attention of the fans in Atlanta and they off and moved to Winnipeg this off-season.
Winnipeg, of course, was home to The Jets from 1972 – 1996, when financial woes, such as the then dismal Canadian dollar (around $1.40 to $1.00 USD) coupled with the fact that Winnipeg was the league’s smallest market, jeopardized it’s future. Since the team wasn’t making enough money to pay its star players, who left for greener pastures, the team had trouble competing, which lowered attendance and further hurt the teams revenues.
The team was eventually sold and moved to Phoenix (currently the team is owned by NHL as the club went bankrupt and can’t find a willing owner)
So, you can imagine the excitement in Winnipeg when it was announced they had a team again! Even though it’s (still) the smallest market in the league, the big question was… what are they going to call the team?
Despite the giddy joy of the population, the name was put off until after the ticket campaign was completed. Of course that didn’t stop speculation. Some thought that the team would take the name Manitoba Moose, the name of the AHL (American Hockey League) team in Winnipeg. Others thought the name should be a combination of the old Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose, perhaps the “Manitoba Jets” Some campaigned for the team to be called the Winnipeg Falcons, named after the team that represented Canada in the 1920’s Olympic games. Other names were tossed around but it became pretty clear that fan support was for the Winnipeg Jets.
And that was the name chosen. The Winnipeg Jets.
So, where’s the controversy? It all started when the logo was chosen. This logo here!
Notice anything wrong with it? Anything at all? Take a close look at the Jet in the logo. Does it look Canadian? Are you sure? Are you sure its not… AN AMERICAN JET????
Could it be? Could the new owners of the Winnipeg Jets have chosen an American Jet as their new logo?
Everyone assumed that this Jet was supposed to be a CF-18 Hornet.This guy right here.
However, it was quickly pointed out that the Jet in the new logo wasn’t a Hornet but a F-16, a jet used by the U.S Airforce. This dude.
It was suggested that the cockpit area loosely resembles an F-16, while the tailplanes sort of look like a CF-18. The spike coming out the back of the plane appears to be inspired by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet. However as it turns out, the jet is supposed to be neither. As quoted in a Toronto Sun article:
“It’s neither,” said Dik Daso, curator of modern military aircraft at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. It’s a piece of art. It’s some interpretation of a jet plane in a maple leaf.”
“We never said that it was a CF-18 Hornet,” said Scott Brown, a spokesman for True North Sports and Entertainment. “It’s inspired by jets flown by the military. It is not precisely a CF-18 Hornet, which is why we avoided saying that.” – source
So Winnipeg Jet’s fans can rest easy knowing that the logo isn’t a American Jet, but rather a generic jet and really not that worth getting up in arms about.