Winnipeg Jets Return Imminent; True North Sports to Unveil Ticket Drive

Matt Eichel@@mattyalloutSenior Writer IApril 15, 2011

Nikolai Khabibulin is one of the last Jets still playing in the NHL.
Nikolai Khabibulin is one of the last Jets still playing in the NHL.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

According to the Winnipeg Free Press and TSN, the Phoenix Coyotes deal has finally reached the point of involving Winnipeg as the possible relocation and return to Winnipeg.

With the deal with potential Coyotes owner Matthew Hulsizer apparently falling through after he took his concessions off the table, the potential ownership group of True North Sports and Entertainment is poised to unveil a season ticket drive in Winnipeg.

The reaction to this ticket drive in Winnipeg will boost the city's chances of having the Jets return to the Manitoban capital.

"There is nothing in the constitution on [unveiling ticket drives prior to relocation]," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Free Press in an e-mail on Thursday.

"Certainly, one of the things the board has to have satisfied is that the market is capable of supporting an NHL team at NHL prices. But that can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the market."

With no apparent deal coming to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix, including a potential owner to move in besides Hulsizer, the season ticket drive in Winnipeg could ultimately decide the future of the franchise.