Posted October 08, 2011 on AP on Fox
There's a good reason Manitoba Moose banners still hang above the ice at MTS Centre. In the eyes of the man who persuaded the NHL to come back to Winnipeg, the Jets team that takes the ice for Sunday's opener is more of an extension of the American Hockey League franchise than the original Winnipeg Jets. ''When we acquired this team, we had 125 people working for (the Moose),'' co-owner Mark Chipman said Saturday. ''It's now up to about 175, but those 125 people had a very deep sense of pride in what we had done for the 15 years prior. So, to us, this is the same organization with a different name.'' ''It's not like we're trying to distance ourselves from the past,'' he said. ''We're just trying to forge ahead as the reincarnation or the next step of what we've been doing.'' While it's tempting to refer to the Jets-Montreal Canadiens opener as the rebirth of a NHL franchise, it's not being treated like that within the organization. Beloved former Jets players Dale Hawerchuk, Th...
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