(Video) Winnipeg Welcomes Back Hockey With Three-Minute Standing Ovation
After fifteen long, angst-filled years, NHL hockey made its triumphant return to the town of Winnipeg on Tuesday night when the Jets took on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the team’s preseason home opener at the MTS Centre. The fans were amped, the atmosphere was electric and all the years of frustration erupted into a three-minute standing ovation when the Jets took the ice. With raucous applause, hoots, hollers and chants of “Go Jets Go!”, the team skated around the ice and I am sure they soaked in every second of adulation being rained down upon them by the overjoyed Winnipeggers.
Even better? The Jets rewarded the fans with a 6-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Sure, it was a meaningless preseason exhibition, not to mention a split-squad game, but try stressing the relative importance of that to any of the 15,000 die-hard hockey fanatics in attendance. Hockey in Canada. The way it should be.
[H/T Puck Daddy]