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How the Winnipeg Jets’ Success is Benefitting Manitoba’s Less Fortunate

The “Winnipeg Whiteout” began in 1987 when the Winnipeg Jets were playing the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Playoffs. In an effort to create an intimidating home atmosphere, both teams introduced color-themed initiatives; the Flames had their “C of Red”, with fans wearing red, while the Jets responded with the “Winnipeg Whiteout”, the brainchild of Rod Palson of Palmer Jarvis Advertising.

The franchise relocated to Arizona in 1996, and the Whiteout was on hiatus until the Atlanta Threshers relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 as the latest incarnation of the Jets franchise.

The “Winnipeg Whiteout” initiative was revived for the 2015 and 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Jets, who are currently playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final, have even taken the Whiteout to the streets of Winnipeg via a variety of watch parties and festivities during this latest playoff run.

However, Whiteouts are not only about showing support for the Winnipeg hockey team. Jets fans who have attended True North Sports + Entertainment events have donated more than 31,000 pounds of food to Winnipeg Harvest, a nonprofit organization that helps those who are struggling in the Manitoba province.

“We are so grateful and humbled by the kindness of Manitobans who have all rallied together to help families in need in our province to receive a nutritionally balanced hamper of food,” said Keren Taylor-Hughes, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest.

The organization serves approximately 64,000 individuals each month. In 2017, Winnipeg Harvest distributed 13.2 million pounds of food throughout the province. Fans are encouraged to donate canned goods such as soup, fruits, vegetables, beans, and fish as well as pasta, rice, and peanut butter.

Winnipeg Whiteout

Bell MTS Place, the Jets’ home arena, is the smallest in the NHL with a capacity of just over 15,300. However, the street parties outside the arena average 20,000 fans, despite temperatures hovering around 0°F (-17.8°C). The downtown party area includes a four-block plaza, two and a half city blocks, and an adjacent park full of concession stands and giant TVs. Centerplate, the company in charge of MTS Place’s concessions, has food trucks and more than 30 tents spread throughout, offering Whiteout-themed fare ranging from blizzard pizza to Whiteout poutine to a Winnipeg Whiteout cocktail.

“The Whiteout is a fun, creative way to capture the spirit of Winnipeg and provide an extraordinary fan experience for those outside the arena,” said Craig Vidal, Centerplate District Manager at Bell MTS Place. “Plus, the fact that we’ve donated a high amount of resources to the Winnipeg Harvest is such a nice byproduct.”

NOTE: First appeared on Culture Trip


This Woman Engraves the Stanley Cup

For the second time in as many years, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster will be engraved onto the Stanley Cup, the ultimate prize in the National Hockey League. Since 1988, Louise St. Jacques has been the sole person in charge of such duties. Continue reading “This Woman Engraves the Stanley Cup”

NHL names winners of Thurgood Marshall scholarships

Prasanthan Aruchunan doesn’t want to be seen as a role model, but an inspiration as well, and is using hockey as way to do both.

When he was 6 years old, Aruchunan, his sister and mother fled from Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, to seek refuge in Canada. Their home country, an island nation off the southern tip of India, was in the midst of a civil war that lasted more than 25 years before ending in May 2009.

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Minnesota Wild qualify for NHL Playoffs

The Minnesota Wild had lost eight straight games and 13 of 14 after the Boston Bruins defeated them 4-2 on Feb. 13.

Mike Yeo was fired as coach later that day and replaced by John Torchetti, who was coaching the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate in Iowa.
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Nashville Predators qualify for NHL Playoffs

The Nashville Predators took an impressive 14-game point streak into March, but wound up clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs while on a three-game losing streak.

The point streak from Feb. 12 to March 9 was the longest in Nashville history, and the Predators earned at least a point in 17 of their past 22 games. They haven’t won since March 26, but qualified for the postseason when the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

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