ST. PAUL, Minn. – For 15 years they had waited for this moment. At 7:09 p.m. Friday, Manitoba time, chairman Mark Chipman stood at the lectern at the 2011 NHL entry draft. He deferred to general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff so he could make their first-round pick "on behalf of the Winnipeg Jets."
With that almost quiet, almost casual statement, it was official. The old name was new again. The Jets were back.
Up in Section 202 at Xcel Energy Center, the fans who had made the eight-hour drive from Winnipeg cheered and high-fived each other, wearing vintage Jets jerseys and white T-shirts, some of which had sat in their closets since their former team had moved to Phoenix and become the Coyotes in 1996.
For a moment, there were wrinkled brows and shrugs when Cheveldayoff announced the seventh overall pick was Mark Scheifele, a centerman from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. The fans had been chanting for Sean Couturier, a centerman from the Drummondville Voltigeurs of theRead More »from Winnipeg fans rejoice at draft as 'Jets' rejoin NHL