Just out of curiosity, how many of you who frequent this site were at the Winnipeg Arena 12 Years ago today (May 6/95) when the Winnipeg Jets held what is now known as "The Funeral" and, also retired Thomas Steen's #25 on the same day.
I can say that I was there.
"They may have taken your franchise, But, they haven't taken your heart and soul. You're the greatest." - Donald S. Cherry speaking to Jets fans at the "Jets Farewell" and "Thomas Steen retirement." 05/06/95.
I wasn't there, I refused to go, it was a personal decision not to go as I at that point still believed there was a chance to save the Jets. I was not ready to say goodbye, and refused to do so that day. I remember being at the corner of Portage and Main the day before on a rainy rush hour drive home trying to drum up support for the campaign.
Post by WpgJets2008 on May 7, 2007 16:35:30 GMT -5
The day of the Jets Funeral:
I wasn't there. But it was like yesterday!
I wanted so bad to wear my brand new game weight Steen jersey and say goodbye at the rink.
I couldn't get time off work. I had to work my part-time job cleaning a bakery and listened to every word on CJOB. Stifled my tears most of my shift.
After the shift, I went home, cleaned up, headed straight to the Forks in the afternoon. Went to Mondetta World restaurant with 2 friends and saw Tkachuk, Manson and a couple of lesser players in the bar area.
When I left, I wished "Charlie" all the best with his future and shook his hand. Thanked him for the memories.
To this day, I was surpised that I had to look down slightly to look "Big Bad Dave Manson" in the eyes.
For me, this was not the Day, but the very moment, the Jets Died!
PS> For those outside of Winnipeg/Manitoba at the time, you really don't know what this time was like.
So please, for some of you outside of Manitoba (but not all), quit rubing our noses in our loss with your posts made in poor taste!
I went to the Arena with my brother, and it was full, couldn't get in; so my brother brought his car around to the front doors, and put the radio on nice and loud for the benefit of the others that were as unlucky as us...
Actually, that might have been the last time I actually cried!!
I wasnt there. It was getting close to my 3 year anniversary of moving to England.................i recieved my copy of the newspapers over a week later than the rest of you. I was shell shocked.........................
....When i left Winnipeg , the Jets were the Jets.....everyone hoping they'd have a good playoff run...............whatever it didnt matter...................we loved our team.....we always believed we would have a team.............but our team was raped from Winnipeg.............the guilty know who they are............live with it............the Jets moved and had a name change.....it seems like yesterday, i was watching Dougie Smail, Ron Wilson digging in the corners, Steen being the legend he is.... i feel a tear welling now
No i wasnt there...........but i still wear my Jets jersey and make sure these English boys never forget the Jets...........you'd be surprise how many have fond memories............
Passionate and aggressive hockey player........and damn proud of it!!!!
kenas10: Go Jets Go! Here we are 7 years later starting the Conference Finals against the Las Vegas Knights! I'm still a season ticket holder, have been since day 1. I was KennyS and was on the forum the whole time!! Blast reading all of this. Go Jets Go!
May 11, 2018 19:46:11 GMT -5