Like there was ever any comparison!!
This week has been a crazy miserable week for Thrashers fans. We have been pounded with the news of relocation and made believe that the moving vans are backed up to the arena and our beloved team is as good as gone. Make no doubt, times are bleak. I'm not one to usually buy into the hype, but even I'm worried.
This week Chris Mason, our starting goalie *snort* was interviewed for the "Illegal Curve Hockey Show" on the 1290 sports radio show in Winnipeg. Chris is driving from Atlanta to his home in Red Deer, Alberta and made time to stop and speak with the Winnipeg show.
Chris did say that the few fans that showed up were great and that they were a passionate as any Canadian fan. I did appreciate that. He did make it sound like he has no problems leaving Atlanta behind. I guess he loves the tundra, he is from Alberta. You can listen to his interview here:
Compare those comments with the comments of Johan Hedberg, former goalie for Atlanta.
"I've seen this market work. My first year here we had a really good team and made the playoffs. The building during the playoffs was electric. When football stops, you get more fans coming back. There's no doubt in my mind this could work. It takes time to build up a fan base. It takes time to build up the grass roots of hockey. If they just keep with it, I'm sure in years to come this is going to be a very strong market."
Keep in mind, Johan has played in Winnipeg:
"I played in Winnipeg, too. I like that city. I have fond memories of both places," the goalie said. "I think Winnipeg should definitely have an NHL team. I know it hasn't been easy for (Thrashers) ownership and the way things have gone pretty much since they took over the team."Thanks for the kind words, Moose. More proof he's one of the classiest guys to every put on a Thrashers jersey.