If You Had Any Doubts How Happy Winnipeg Is To Have The NHL Back, This Should Erase Them
In 1996, the perpetually-middling Winnipeg Jets packed up, moved to Phoenix, and became the Coyotes. Despite that the franchise determined a future in Winnipeg wasn't viable, Canadians like their hockey just a little bit, so the Jets had many fans devastated by the loss of the team. Fast forward to this summer: the perpetually-middling Atlanta Thrashers are bought...and moved to Winnipeg. After much public outcry, that team announces it will be known as...the Winnipeg Jets.
And though the franchise recently endured truly awful news (27-year-old center Rick Rypien was found dead in his home on Monday; a good column on his tragic death can be found here), there's still palpable excitement in Manitoba's largest city for the return of big-time hockey. How palpable? Here's how one long-suffering Jets fan, Brendan Salakoh, marked the new iteration of the Jets:
Yes, those are 415 Rubik's Cubes arranged just so. Yes, it's absolutely incredible handiwork. Salakoh told the Winnipeg Sun the project took him "a few days," which made us think: only a few days?!?!*
Of course, there's more than pure excitement coming across in Salakoh's design (and shirt). One of the few complaints Jets fans might have about the team returning is that the team's logo won't be what Salakoh fashioned out of the cubes, which happens to also be the logo the team used for its first go-round. Rather, the logos will look like this. Same general color scheme, sleeker, and more modern, we suppose...but not quite enough to cater to some fans' nostalgia needs. It's pretty clear what Salakoh wants to see...and until another fan makes one of the current logos out of at least 416 Rubik's Cubes, we're assuming that's what most of the team's other fans want, too.
[h/t Puck Daddy]
*Later, a different thought dawned on us: he owns 415 Rubik's Cubes?!?!
Photo via the Winnipeg Sun, by way of Brendan Salakoh
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