Dilemma for True North

Former Jets player Thomas Steen played his entire career in Winnipeg. (QMI Agency files/Chris...

Former Jets player Thomas Steen played his entire career in Winnipeg. (QMI Agency files/Chris Procaylo)

JILLIAN AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:41 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- They're Winnipeg hockey legends, but they also belong to a franchise that continues to exist in Phoenix, and that is where their retired jerseys hang.

There's Bobby Hull's No. 9, Dale Hawerchuk's No. 10, Thomas Steen's No. 25, and Teppo Numminen's No. 27.

Should those jerseys also be honoured at MTS Centre when the relocated Atlanta Thrashers hit the ice in the fall?

Former Jets captain Keith Tkachuk, who played in Winnipeg from 1992-96, says it's a must.

"When you talk Winnipeg, you talk Hawerchuk, you talk Bobby Hull memories," Tkachuk said Wednesday from his home in St. Louis.

"Thomas Steen ... played his whole career there. You have to... Those three should be recognized (in Winnipeg.)"

Numminen's No. 27 was retired in Phoenix in January 2010. He's the only player with a number retired that played for both the Jets (eight seasons) and Coyotes (seven seasons).

It's a unique situation, as the team coming back to Winnipeg is a different franchise.

True North Sports & Entertainment spokesman Scott Brown said they will be considering the issue closer to the season.

"We haven't had those types of discussions just yet," Brown said. "We know that we will when we move forward...

"Right now, it's very much details involving the ticket sales campaign ... getting our management team in place and getting them familiar with the players and having contact with them."

The same goes for the World Hockey Association banners from when the Jets won the Avco Cup in 1976, '78 and '79.

"We do plan on considering all those things, they're just a little further down the list right now," Brown said.

If they do decide to recognize the Avco cup banners, Brown said it won't likely be the same ones from the old arena.

"What's going to hang in this building, and hung in the old Winnipeg Arena, might be very different because of the different dimensions of the building," he said. "If we decide to do anything like that, those types of banners may be under a redesign, and would have to go forward under careful consideration with those types of things."


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