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Jets? Moose? What do you think?

If we get NHL team, which name is best?

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LIKE we said -- it's a personal decision and boy did our readers take it personally.

True North Sports and Entertainment is working on buying the Atlanta Thrashers and relocating them to Winnipeg. If that happens it's almost certain the team will be renamed.

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Roll by the water cooler or stop in at the coffee shop and Name Game is on in full swing.

Getting a team is the first step and talking names is perhaps a little premature, but we wanted to know what Manitobans were thinking.

TSN's Dave Hodge says they should be called the Manitoba Gold. Our own Gary Lawless likes the idea of sticking with the Moose, and hockey writer Tim Campbell favours the Falcons.

There are plenty of opinions circulating out there suggesting what a new NHL team in Winnipeg should be called.

A reader going by the name Null had this to say:

We've been chanting "Bring Back the Jets!" for years so how can it be anything but??? The Jets are now part of history so why dismiss the name for something else historical? That just doesn't make sense. Seriously, if it was something besides the Jets, there would be no nostalgic feeling associated with the team at all. So, those of us with warm fuzzy childhood memories of going to Jets games...might reconsider plans to buy season tickets. WE WANT THE JETS!!

Commander1 disagrees with Lawless:

The "Moose" would be a HORRIBLE choice for our new team. Winnipeg is trying to forget the last 15 years ever existed!

Moose is minor league. Bush league. For the kids & families -- not the big hockey fan. And I believe you Mr. Lawless, are the only the Winnipegger over 10 years old that wants that name. Give the Moose the boot and bury 'em. They're dead & gone.

"Jets" is a poor choice too. Let's face it, the Winnipeg Jets were a poorly-run sports team, playing out of NHL's worst arena, and were a bad team more often than not.

It's time to start fresh & new! I've heard True North wants "Manitoba" instead of Winnipeg, which I don't necessarily agree with (Pittsburgh vs. Manitoba? Detroit vs. Manitoba? Really?), but I suppose I could get used to it.

I'm much more concerned over the JERSEY and LOGO and what they'll look like. We could have the greatest team name in the world -- but who cares if the colours and logo are hideous?

Now don't forget, True North hasn't closed the deal to bring the Atlanta Thrashers to Manitoba just yet, but just for fun, let's play the name game one more time. What do you think the team should be called? Send your answers and opinions to feedback@freepress.mb.ca and we'll run a selection in Saturday's paper.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 19, 2011 C1

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