Inductees believe NHL will be back in 'Peg

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

At least one Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame inductee believes that the NHL will return to Winnipeg some time after the lockout ends -- if it ever ends.

"They'll come to terms with it but there will be a price to pay," former Winnipeg Jet Jordy Douglas said yesterday. "The biggest price will be the fan and they will take a long time to come back.

"The upside is that, once they get a healthy collective bargaining agreement, Winnipeg will have a shot again. Call me a dreamer but I just think that the economic scale shows that Winnipeg has a shot because the teams down south don't have a fan base. They're not there to watch hockey. It's an event to go to. In Canada, we love the game and I like to think they (Jets) have a chance to come back some day. They've got the facility (MTS Centre)."

Thomas Steen has another reason for wanting the lockout to end soon. His son, Alex, was drafted by Toronto and he is anxious to follow his dad into the Bigs.

"They needed to correct things and hopefully, they resolve it soon," said Steen, another ex-Jet. "I really miss it, that's for sure. It would make our lives easier if we knew what we were doing."

Alex played for Modo last season and the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs wanted to sign him for the playoffs but could not get permission from the Swedish hockey federation.

Steen, too, likes the new arena.

"It really adds to the city," he said. "It's really right for Winnipeg."


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