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Winnipeg Jets home games are an incredibly tough ticket — maybe you should get on a plane and watch the new Jets play the old Jets.
CAA Manitoba is selling packages to the Jets' game in Phoenix Oct. 15, and looking at other possible all-inclusive trips later in the season to New York, St. Paul and Florida.
"Old Jets/new Jets is a good gimmick," said Liz Peters, CAA Manitoba's public and government affairs manager.
The package would include Friday departure and Sunday return evening flights, two nights' accommodation, the hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes, ground transportation and a golf option.
"We're looking at about $1,000 for the weekend," Peters said.
The Jets play the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul on Feb. 16, Peters said. So far, CAA Manitoba has only committed to one trip, though public demand could lead to additional trips.
"They play New York (Islanders), New Jersey, New York (Rangers) Nov. 3, 5, and 6. We're just talking about it at this point," said Peters, who said the motor league already runs lots of tours to see Broadway shows, shop and visit New York.
"Phoenix and Orlando are two of the top destinations we sell trips to," Peters pointed out. It's possible packages could be arranged to see the Jets play games in Tampa Bay and Miami during road swings south.
It's unlikely CAA Manitoba can book trips anywhere tickets are tough to get, she said, such as Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver.
Garry Shymko, of Shymer Tours in Garden City, is already lining up tickets for the Jets and Wild in February. His company runs bus tours to Minnesota for Vikings, Twins, Wild and Timberwolves games, usually packaging two games with a Mall of America visit.
"We do a lot of stuff with the Wild — they already called me," said Shymko. "We will be doing something, no question."
It would cost a minimum of $299 for the Jets and Wild, including a lower-level ticket, two nights in a Hilton, the bus and transportation to the Mall of America, he said. It's possible the game could be packaged with a second NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and Wild, which would be a higher cost, said Shymko.
Don Finkbeiner, owner of Heartland International Travel and Tours in Winnipeg, doubted many companies would offer packages to a lot of Jets' road games.
"I tried it years ago and it didn't really work. Too many people can get tickets on-line and get themselves there," he said.
Both Peters and Finkbeiner received calls two weeks ago from the Coyotes' marketing department urging them to book tours to the Oct. 15 game.
On the other hand, a Coyotes media spokesman said Thursday there wasn't much point to the team trying to organize anything out of Winnipeg for just one game.
Elsewhere online, Elite Sports Tours in southern Ontario organizes trips to all cities in the National Hockey League. The company didn't return a call Thursday, but, oddly — perhaps suggesting the website has not been fully updated — Elite's website promises it can get you tickets to see the Winnipeg Jets play in Atlanta.