04/05/2013 15:39 EDT | Updated 06/05/2013 05:12 EDT

True North eyes junior hockey team for Winnipeg

The owners of the NHL Winnipeg Jets are considering bringing in another team, this time a junior league franchise.

True North Sports and Entertainment announced Friday that it will be conducting an online market research survey in the Winnipeg market April 5 – 9.

The purpose of the survey is to gauge interest in a Western Hockey League (WHL) franchise in Winnipeg.

The survey will be sent to a sample group of current and former MTS Centre and Winnipeg Jets customers. Only those sent an email will be asked to participate in the survey, True North stated in a press release.

"We will continue to advise the media in the event there are further developments with respect to True North Sports and Entertainment and the Western Hockey League."

Winnipeg last had a WHL franchise from 1980 – 1984. The Warriors eventually relocated to Moose Jaw, Sask., where they still play in the league.

During their time in Winnipeg, the team played at the Winnipeg Arena and qualified just once for the playoffs, getting swept in three games by the Lethbridge Broncos in 1983.