John K. Samson, front-man for The Weakerthans (and former member of Propagandhi), has been discussed on our site before for mixing punk rock and hockey. However, the news today confirming the rumor that the Atlanta Thrashers are being sold and relocated to Winnipeg puts him back into the punk rock and hockey limelight.
Samson hails from Winnipeg, and grew up cheering on the Jets. With all of this talk about the NHL’s return to ‘Peg, I was often reminded of Samson (and The Weakerthans’ song “One Great City!“), and wondered what he might think of all of this.
Luckily I wasn’t the only one wondering about all of this, as Bruce Arthur reached out to Samson to get his thoughts for the National Post piece “The NHL needs Winnipeg more than Winnipeg needs the NHL”
From Arthur’s article, here’s what Samson had to say about Winnipeg’s new team:
“I’m more of the opinion that not only did Winnipeg not need the Jets, we actually needed them to leave,” he wrote. “Having said that, I was, from my earliest memories, a huge fan of the Jets. I am excited about the new team, I will go see games, I will learn about the players and coaches, discuss the wisdom of trades, worry over injuries, ponder statistics, become a fan.
“But I’ll always be wary of the idea that our identity should be founded on the whims of Gary Bettman and a couple millionaires. The NHL will never have any bearing on the fact that I’m proud of the community I’m from.”
Be sure to read Arthur’s full story.