Whiteout? Blue-nket? ...Wow that was a bad attempt at "blanket."

First off, let me apologize for choosing a question for a headline. I always click those and fantasize about coming to a site where the body of the text reads something like:


But of course, as with all headline-question posts, it usually implies there’s some sort of debate, and this instance is no different. Let’s launch into it.

The Winnipeg Jets open the season at home on Sunday, October 9th against the Montreal Canadiens.

As with all home teams, they’ll be wearing their dark colours (which this blogger thinks is stupid. Whites are almost always nicer, and I came up in hockey equating white with the home team). Their home jersey colour is officially called ”Polar Night Blue.”

But of course, fans of the Winnipeg Jets are known for their classic ”whiteout.” The image of their final game in ’96 is burned into the brains of most hockey fans who were around at the time.

White is, of course, the colour that the visiting Montreal Canadiens will be wearing. Logically then, having everyone wear white would make no sense. It’s not like the Habs would think the fans are cheering for them or anything, it just seems sort of…wrong.

It’s also worth mentioning that the whiteout stayed with the organization when it moved to Phoenix, where fans have kept the tradition alive (or at least on life support).

Pic from curtiswalker.com

The prevailing sentiment when it comes to the return of the Jets has been straight up nostalgia (you guys remember they weren’t that awesome, right?). The folks at True North went with the classic name of “Jets” after all, and in doing so saved themselves from being hunted by an angry, pitchfork-and-torch weilding mob.

That nostalgia is the foundation of the main argument for why they should do it: they really, really wanna.

And, that’s just fine. I mentioned earlier that I think white’s should be worn at home because that’s how I remember it, and they’re going off the same premise. (Still, my thirst for the past isn’t tossing any logic by the wayside.)

Let’s take a closer look at the situation:

Contributing factors

A reason to not do the whiteout: True North has put out a statement that they won’t tell fans what colour to wear. Which is bizarre, considering this Winnipeg Sun column showing they bought the Canadian trademark rights to the term “whiteout.”

A reason to do the whiteout: most fans – and this makes my head explode – have not yet received their home jerseys that they ordered, as they still don’t have enough made. Incomprehensible.

A reason to not do the whiteout: the home blues are being unveiled for the first time, and some fans have received their home uni’s. Of course they want to wear them.

A reason to do the whiteout: Dave Capone of Winnipeg – @davec4pone – has started #whiteoutorstayin trending in Winnipeg already. People really, really wanna do the damn whiteout, okay?

I have a friend with Jets season tickets who passed this thought along:

The major concern is that it’ll be half blue, half white, and nobody will make a statement one way or another.

So here we are, Jets fans. We’re down to the week of the season opener, and you’re yet to decide which gown to wear to the big ball.

I personally think if it’s nostalgia you want, give yourselves a big heaping bowlful. Go for it. Eff logic.

And what about you, hockey fans? Should they go with the whiteout? Another colour? Or scrap it all together?

Comments (20)

  1. There aint much dopier than home fans wearing all white, when the home team wears a dark jersey.

  2. Do it for the opener, and that’s it. Anything more (except in the playoffs) is just watering down a classical product.

  3. I’ll be at the game sunday and my biggest concern is a half white, half blue crowd which is a very real possibility.

    It happened two seasons ago when the Moose went to the Calder Cup Finals, and half the arena went back in time to the whiteout and the other half wore green. It looked like a communication disaster.

    I agree white should be the home colour and I’ll be wearing white (fingers crossed the Habs wear their crazy striped 1920s uni’s)

    I also plan on getting a blue Rypien jersey and a white Fehr jersey when they are available strictly for whiteout purposes

  4. Oh gosh, I laughed way harder at “Blue-nket” than I should have.

  5. I agree that the whiteout isn’t to be watered down. I agree that it’s silly to wear the opposing team’s colour. But I’d say for the opener, you gotta do it. With social media, there should be no more communication issues!

    Daniel, it was such a miss that I had to include the word I was trying to make in the sentence to explain myself :)

  6. They should absolutely being wearing blue. Support your team by wearing their colours. No one has ever been intimidated by the colour white. They may as well all wearing pink and the top down view of the arena can be called the pink eye.

  7. this is exactly what they’re afraid of – the crowd will be split and it’ll just be….a crowd. (Which is fine too, but it is a big night)

  8. They should call it “Blue Yourself” night, right? #tobias #AD

  9. You spelled color wrong like twenty times in this well written, witty yet enlightening article…

  10. Ha…PD I’ve decided since my employer is in Canada to stick with the “u’s!” (Note: PD was our equipment guy in college. He’s just being an a-hole. :) )

  11. P.D.

    Most canadians would know that the correct canadian spelling is ‘COLOUR’. Maybe leave the writting to the professionals.

  12. Still am the equipment guy! Longest serving Equipment Manager in UAA history ladies and gentlemen. And I guess I’ll let it slide this once since they are paying you and all… but for the record color will NEVER be spelled correctly with a U in there. PS: I love how quickly the eThug commentators jumped on me, almost Puck Daddy-esque. PPS: New blog looks gooooood JaBourne!

  13. They ought to be wearing blue…. and they should be taking the ice in Atlanta, but that’s another argument entirely.

  14. Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t Pens fans all wear white when the playoffs roll around? Surely if you have a problem with the whiteout for a team with blue jerseys you must have a problem with a whiteout for a team in black jerseys.

  15. While I agree that white should be the home team’s color (except for 3rd jersey or throwback night), there is a very simple solution to Winnipeg’s immediate problem.
    Ask Les Canadien to wear THEIR home reds and the Jets wear their whites. Its done fairly regularly across the NHL when both teams agree.

    And Very Glad to have you back bloggin again, Justin..

    • “While I agree that white should be the home team’s color (except for 3rd jersey or throwback night)”

      And that’s the reason they made the switch anyway – it was getting too hard on teams to haul around different sets of jerseys depending on whether the home team was wearing their 3rds or not.

      They should have just asked the league to book the Leafs as the home opener, since the Leafs regularly are asked by the other Western Canadian teams to wear their blues in those cities. But, I agree, the Habs should just wear the reds, unless they’re in the middle of a lengthy road trip (I haven’t checked the schedule)

  16. If you’re sticking with Canadian, wouldn’t he be an eh-hole?

  17. Whiteout has passed its time. I grew up with home teams wearing white too. But nothing looked more stupid than Phoenix fans all wearing white when the Red Wings skated onto the ice wearing white. It looked like a bloody Detroit home game.

    Unless they switch the home jersey to white, leave it in the past.

  18. “It looked like a bloody Detroit home game.”

    which it was.

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