Today was a big day for the city of Winnipeg, the press conference announcing the jerseys and rosters for the Heritage Classic. I've long accepted that this day isn't for me, (I was only four months old when the original Jets moved to Phoenix). This day is for the people older than me, who grew up watching these players, and wearing those original jerseys, and for them I couldn't be happier. But anyways...
To put it bluntly, I'm already frightened for the alumni game. Because wow, the Oilers really want to torture Jet fans about the 80s. The Oilers rolled out a red carpet of Hall of Famers including: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri and Grant Fuhr. Taylor Hall might even join the team.
The Jets, while no slouch of a team, have nowhere near the star power of their Albertan Adversaries. With Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, Thomas Steen and Teppo Numminen being the biggest names.
Hopefully it turns out to be a great game.
Here is where I shine. As a sports uniform junkie and hockey jersey collector I was, and am thrilled about adding a new Jet jersey to my collection. The unveiling, albeit anticlimactic has me incredibly excited to purchase my Scheifele jersey. Which is something that needs discussed. The video presentation had Mark Scheifele as the jersey model. Maybe he's still going to be the captain after all. Wheeler didn't have a 'C' on his jersey for the live reveal...
I was upset that if Wheeler is going to be the captain, they didn't announce it then. The city would have gone absolutely nuts. Even more nuts than they did for the free hot dogs. Wasted opportunity.
I'm still waiting on the online pre-order to go live so I can officially add a piece of Jets history to my collection. I mean I already own the Oilers jersey.