Winnipeg Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome, left, is congratulated by Bryan Little after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Winnipeg, Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)
When those behind the proposed GTA Centre in Markham informally chat about the dream of landing a National Hockey League team one day, they always use the Winnipeg Jets as the model blueprint to follow.
Simply put, it is a basic plan to adopt.
Build a rink, then keep your mouth shut.
At least in public.
Look how successfully it has worked for the Jets.
Hands up, all of you who thought that the Atlanta Thrashers were destined to end up in Winnipeg in the spring of 2011.
Not seeing too many hands, people.
That’s the point.
With the MTS Centre in Winnipeg already in place and serving as the home of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, franchise governor Mark Chipman and True North Sports And Entertainment stayed behind the scenes and played by the NHL’s rules in their wooing of a franchise to Winnipeg.