Dear Bloomberg Businessweek Editor:
Re. your article in Etc. on the Return of the Winnipeg Jets (July 3rd, 2011)
As a 20+ year reader of Businessweek, I enjoyed your recent article on the return of the Winnipeg Jets to the NHL. I liked Neil Janowitz’ part about: “Winnipeg isn’t the first to have loved and lost a team—only to love again.” He mentions that Washington lost the Senators in 1960 and then again in 1971 only to recapture a team (the Nationals) in 2005.
I would like to point out that Neil forgot the other Senators—the NHL’s Ottawa Senators who left the League in 1933 during the Great Depression only to return as a conditional member (along with the Tampa Bay Lightning) in December 1990, resuming play in October of 1992.
The successful ‘Bring Back the Senators’ campaign of 1989-1992 restored a team that had gloriously won 9 Stanley Cups, the latest in 1927. The Sens were an original founding member club of the NHL in 1917.
Dr. Bruce M. Firestone, Founder, Ottawa Senators, July 9, 2011.
Postscript 1: Neil also referenced the NFL’s Colts leaving Baltimore in 1984 and getting the Ravens in 1996 and the Rockies leaving Denver in 1982, replaced by the Rockies (in 1991) and the Avalanche (in 1995). As well, Minneapolis lost the Lakers in 1960 and the North Stars in 1993 getting the Timberwolves in 1989 and the Wild in 2000.
Postscript 2: The letter was written, in part, because Ottawa always seems to be an afterthought for national and international media and, in part, because the Sens have an awesome history.