In Our Opinion: Fans hope Winter will pull Wings out of slump

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Who knew that hockey fans were looking forward to Winter?

Travis Winter, that is. He is the new head coach of the Aberdeen Wings, and he has his work cut out for him. The Wings are on a 14-game winless streak that dates back to November. The team is in last place in the six-team North American Hockey League Central Division.

But Winter, who most recently was the assistant coach for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League, has one major advantage: the fervent fan base for the Aberdeen Wings. The Wings consistently post some of the highest attendance numbers in the league, despite their record this season, 8-24-4.

Of course, signs of life will need to be seen from the team for that support to continue. Winter, who was announced Monday as the new coach, has a great opportunity to build a winning franchise in a hockey-crazy town.

Good luck to Winter’s Wings, even into spring.