Jets logo was leaked

Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman looks at the NHL team’s new logo at a news conference in Winnipeg,...

Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman looks at the NHL team’s new logo at a news conference in Winnipeg, July 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

In his quest to land an NHL team, Mark Chipman and True North went about their business quietly and on their own terms.

Thanks to one snoopy person, however, they had their hand forced this week.

A picture of a T-shirt featuring the new Winnipeg Jets logo started circulating in cyberspace on Friday, forcing the Jets to reveal it officially at 4 p.m. CDT on their website.

The Jets were planning to release the logo on Friday all along, but that plan hit a snag earlier this week, causing a delay. Once they learned the logo had been leaked, however, they had no choice but to go ahead and unveil it.

They were not happy about the security breach.

“We had a great deal of security as the boxes (of T-shirts) were unloaded,” Chipman said. “Every one was checked off one at a time, and as we were going through that process my BlackBerry lit up and there was a picture of the T-shirt.

“We subsequently discovered that some of the boxes had been opened. We have no idea where it occurred. It didn’t occur in our building. We know that.

“But somewhere along the line somebody cracked open a box and took a photograph. For what purpose I don’t know.”

Chipman wasn’t sure where the shipment originated, but he believed it came from the U.S. He has no plans to launch an investigation or hunt down the culprit.

“We have too many other things to worry about why some guy would do something like that,” Chipman said. “I don’t know, but it’s done.”


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