Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/11 at 05:48 PM ET
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
It started at 5 a.m., when the first fan showed up to get a good seat.
By 8:45 a.m., you could tell something special was in the air.
The parking lot was full and so were the stands. Fans lined the walkway from dressing room to the ice surface. Some 1,500 people in the building were tingling with anticipation, waiting for their first glimpse.
Shortly after 9 a.m., they erupted, as Nik Antropov stepped out on the ice, leading a column of Winnipeg Jets for the first practice of their first NHL training camp at the MTS IcePlex.
Before it was over they were cheering the drills, giving loud ovations for slick passes, corner-destined shots and nifty dekes and as the players prepared to leave the ice, up went the Go Jets Go chant that so many fans in this city have been dying to utter since the original Jets franchise packed up and moved to Phoenix in 1996.
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