True North is asking Winnipeggers if they want a WHL team.
From today to Tuesday, April 9, True North Sports and Entertainment is holding an online market research survey to gauge interest in the Western Hockey League.
The survey will be sent to a sample group of current and former MTS Centre and WInnipeg Jets customers.
Right now, they're only looking for the opinions of that random sample.
In a release, TNSE said it will provide updates should it choose to start a rival club to the Calgary Hitmen or Saskatoon Blades, and of course the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Last year, Brandon Wheat Kings owner Kelly McCrimmon told the Sun he would be all for a WHL team in Winnipeg, and he believes it will happen one day.
Commissioner Ron Robison told the Sun at the time that there’s been “strong interest expressed from various parties” in Winnipeg about a WHL franchise, said a team “would be very successful” if a team were to relocate there.
“Winnipeg’s a great hockey market,” he said at the time. “We value the province of Manitoba as a producer of talent of the Western Hockey League, and clearly we’re under represented by just having one franchise in that province.”
The Calgary Flames oversee the Hitmen, and the same group that owns the Edmonton Oilers controls the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, don’t own the Giants, and they play in separate buildings. Despite having NHL hockey in their cities, the Hitmen, Giants and Oil Kings were first, second and fourth, respectively, in WHL attendance last season.