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WINNIPEG WITHOUT HOCKEY IS LIKE ELVIS WITHOUT SIDEBURNS
Published August 17, 1995
Local Winnipeg business leaders have already begun meeting to discuss purchasing an IHL franchise for the city, according to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Jets President Barry Shenkarow: "I have said I would lend help in making that kind of thing happen." Local sports entrepreneur Jeff Thompson said he is part of a group that has talked with not only the IHL, but also the Western Hockey League. John Douglas and Paul Samyn report that Winnipeg may already be on the IHL's expansion list, and that a Winnipeg team could "trigger" a Canadian Division in the IHL to include Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon and Quebec City, which has been awarded a franchise for the '96 season (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/17). BACK TO THE JETS: Winnipeg Mayor Susan Thompson yesterday met with local officials on how to keep the Jets' losses (which are taxpayer-backed) at a minimum this year, according to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. The mayor also has meetings scheduled with Manitoba Finance Minister Eric Stefanson and other senior provincial officials. Noting that the taxpayers can't afford a "lame-duck season," Thompson added, "The reality is, we need a filled arena for every game" (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/17).