I was leaving the Fairmont Hotel after taking photographs at the Woman Business Owners of the Year Awards when I heard a commotion coming from Portage and Main. I saw lots of Winnipeg Jets jerseys, signs, hats, as well as everybody was celebrating. I asked the first person who I ran into if the deal has been signed (to buy the Atlanta Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg). I was told the Globe and Mail reported it had been and was sticking by their story. Remember the G&M is owned by Thomson, the big money behind the True North. It would be a perfect scoop for your OWN newspaper to break the biggest news in Canadian sports. So I spent the next hour + celebrating with them and photographing the goings on. People screaming, horns a honkin’…police not there to stop them, but even complying to the chants of “FLASH – YOUR – LIGHTS! FLASH – YOUR – LIGHTS!
The crowd was getting bigger and bigger as the time went on. There were several hundred people there when I left around 11:30PM, and people were still coming down.
Welcome BACK Winnipeg Jets….you were missed very, very, VERY MUCH! Please remember, this simple display of outpouring emotion is NOTHING compared to when The OFFICIAL announcement is made! Expect the entire city to go CRAZY and at LEAST 50K (I personally feel it’ll be closer to 100K) at Portage and Main! Winnipeg has been waiting for this party for a long, long time. This city DESERVES IT! Enjoy Winnipeg…..ENJOY!