Jets gear flying off store shelves

Courtney Cruse shows off some of the Winnipeg Jets merchandise at Jersey City in Market Mall in...

Courtney Cruse shows off some of the Winnipeg Jets merchandise at Jersey City in Market Mall in Calgary. (Mike Drew/QMI AGENCY)

Renato Gandia, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

Drop a Winnipeg hockey team logo to T-shirts and hats and they will Jet off the shelves faster than the Flames items.

That’s the word from Calgary merchants selling gears in preparation for a new NHL hockey season.

Ashley Proulx, manager at Jersey City in Crossiron Mills, estimated two out of every three sales they made were Jets items.

“I’m selling so much and it’s been such a high demand,” she said.

“I can’t keep the hats on stock.”

Anything with the Jets’ logo has become a hot item for fans either from Winnipeg or Calgary, said Proulx.

“I think it’s the excitement the team has come back because I’m not selling stuff just to people from Winnipeg, I’m also selling to people who are just excited that they’re back,” she said.

“They just want to give that renewed support.”

April Battenfelder with the Jersey City at Market Mall, said the store has run out of Jets hats but the T-shirts are a little easier to keep on stock.

“The items are selling faster than Flames, I think it’s because the Jets are a new Canadian team,” said Battenfelder.

Winnipeg-born Rodel Jimenez, who now lives in Calgary, grew up watching the Jets.

“They’re my team,” said the 34-year-old man, who bought his second Jets shirt Friday.

He said the new Canadian team is becoming popular in Calgary because there are so many Winnipegers who moved here over the last decade or so.

“Personally, it’s all about the team that you watched growing up,” he said.

“I was a big hockey fan growing up and when they moved them over to Phoenix, I totally forgot about hockey, I didn’t even care.

“Now that they’re back they gave me a new reason to follow hockey again.”

The new Jets jersey isn’t available at the stores just yet, said Proulx.

“People are a little hesitant to pre-order, they want to know what it looks like, but the T-shirts are selling well, anything with the logo is trendy right now.”

The new NHL season starts Oct. 6.

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