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Winnipeg Ready For Some Hockey

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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Red Winger's avatar

Only 1,500 for their first practice?

I would have thought it would have been a near-sellout.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/17/11 at 06:09 PM ET


Only 1,500 for their first practice?
I would have thought it would have been a near-sellout.

Those are probably the ones that slept out at 40 below and 5 feet of snow. They love their hockey don’t ya know!

Posted by timbits on 09/17/11 at 06:35 PM ET


Only 1,500 for their first practice?

Considering it holds 1,350, I would say it was a sellout.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 09/17/11 at 06:53 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Yeah the MTS Iceplex only holds 1350. Their actual arena is the MTS Centre which holds over 15k. I was confused by that too.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 09/17/11 at 06:58 PM ET


You would think they would have done the public days at MTS Centre.  I’m sure they would have packed that place.  Of course, I don’t what the schedule at MTS Centre was, but it is surprising.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 09/17/11 at 09:29 PM ET


Pearl Jam is playing at the phone booth tonight.

Posted by Jetzzzz Suck from Shittypeg on 09/17/11 at 10:07 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Nice to see so many fans out. I think that will go a long way toward making the players feel a lot more comfortable in a new city after so much turmoil lately.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 09/18/11 at 10:58 AM ET

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