I Love Winnipeg Sports
Winnipeg, Manitoba is a province in central Canada and it is the home of many exciting sports teams. The 2 most well-known sports teams are the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. However, there are a variety of other exciting sports teams including the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Winnipeg Moose, Winnipeg Valour, Winnipeg Rifles, Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg Whips, and the list goes on and on. This article will provide you some basic information about some of the teams that are situated in Winnipeg and a bit of their history.
The city of Winnipeg has a storied hockey history and has been in the past and is currently the home of several amateur and professional hockey clubs. In fact, the Winnipeg Victoria’s won 3 Stanley cups in 1896, 1901, and 1902. Also, there were gold medals awarded to 3 teams based in the Winnipeg area. Winnipeg was also very prominent as a minor professional team dominating some of the early years of the Allan Cup. The team names during those years included the Winnipeg Victorians and the Winnipeg 61st Battalion.
The original Winnipeg Arena was built in 1955 and was home to the Western Hockey League Winnipeg Warriors. In 1972, the Winnipeg Jets were created as one of the teams in the now extinct World Hockey Association. This team went on to win an amazing 3 Avco championships in only 8 years. After 8 years of success in the World Hockey Association, Winnipeg Jets entered the National Hockey League.
Some of the more prominent players at that time included Dale Hawerchuk, Bobby Hull, Teemu Selanne, and Phil Housley. It was an interesting time for the team and all the fans dressed in white for each playoff home game. This became known as the Winnipeg White Out. Unfortunately, the team was sold to a group in Phoenix Arizona and was relocated in 1996. From 1996 to 2011, Winnipeg hosted a team that played in the American Hockey League. They were called the Manitoba Moose.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been associated with the city of Winnipeg since 1930. The team has won 10 Grey Cup Championships. In 1935, the Winnipeg Pegs were winners of that year’s Grey Cup. Winnipeg has also sponsored football teams in the MJFL, CJFL, and WWCFL leagues. Today, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers continue to draw outstanding crowds to each of their home games.
Some of the baseball teams that have been associated with the city of Winnipeg include the Winnipeg Maroons, Winnipeg Whips, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Minor-league baseball has been thriving in Winnipeg since 1902 when the Winnipeg Maroons entered the Northern League. Originally, the teams played their games in the multi-purpose Winnipeg Stadium. The baseball team now plays in a baseball-only stadium in the downtown area called CanWest Global Park.
Winnipeg is also home to a professional soccer league team called the Winnipeg Fury. They play in the Canadian Soccer League. Other popular sports in this Canadian city include horse racing, curling, roller derby, skateboarding, and university sports.
All this talk about sports may make you feel quite hungry. Check out our recommendations for our top Winnipeg eats here.