NHL Breaking News: Winnipeg Announces Franchise Name

Aaron TimoshykContributor IIIJune 24, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 20:  Fans dressed in Winnipeg Jets uniforms attend Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 20, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 6-3 to win the series 4-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to the CBC, tonight during the NHL Entry Draft, and prior to their seventh overall pick, the Winnipeg ownership group is expected to announce that the Jets will be returning to Winnipeg.

Speculation has raged since the announcement that the NHL would be returning to Winnipeg as to the name of the franchise.   The Falcons, Monarchs, Moose and, of course, Jets, have all been rumoured to be potential names for the reborn franchise.

It is not expected that a uniform or logo will be revealed, or that their No. 7 choice will don the team’s jersey to be at the draft.  Rather, he will likely sport a generic NHL jersey in lieu of an updated Jets incarnation.

The question now arises, with the return of the Jets name to Winnipeg, what of its history?  Will the numbers hanging in the rafters in Phoenix of former franchise greats Bobby Hull and Thomas Steen return to the great white north, to the city of their renown?  Or will they stay with the previous incarnation of the franchise that traveled south?  And what of statistical marks, and the team's historical record? 

These, among others, are details likely to be worked out in the coming months, but in the meantime, welcome back Winnipeg, and welcome back Jets.