Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Jets get heartfelt fan response at training camp

  • Print

They cheered the first shift, oohed at the first dangle and aahed at every highlight-reel type play.

Yes, it’s to the point now where it’s almost expected, but the reaction the Winnipeg Jets got from the 1,500 or so fans at MTS Iceplex on the opening day of training camp Saturday morning was both passionate and heartfelt.

"I’m not used to practising in front of a crowd like that, but it’s great. The fans are excited and we’re excited," said Jets’ defenceman Zach Bogosian. "It’s a good day today in Winnipeg. It’s a great turn out and it feels good to practice in front of them and give them a bit of a show.

"When the fans started screaming ‘Go Jets Go!’ it gives you a little goosebumps hearing that."

The Jets opened with a 90-minute session this morning and have three practises scheduled for the entire day. It is the only chance fans will be able to watch the club work out before the practices switch to MTS Centre on Sunday.

"It felt when we were going out there like we were getting ready to play a game, with how loud and excited they were," said Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd. "When we got on the ice, as players we appreciate that support and it makes it a lot of fun.

"With what’s transpired and the team relocating back to a place that hasn’t had hockey for 15 years and seeing the passion that everyone here has for the game, it’s definitely a different scenario that I’ve ever been a part of. For us, it’s exciting to be a part of something new and in a city that’s been waiting for hockey for a long time."

The Jets open their preseason schedule Tuesday night here in Winnipeg and in Columbus for split-squad games against the Blue Jackets before games next weekend in Nashville and Carolina and the Kraft Hockeyville game next Monday in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

video player to use on WFP
History

Updated on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM CDT: Adds reaction from the crowd

12:28 PM: Updates with player reaction on opening day

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Meet Jet the talking crow

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A red squirrel peaks out of the shade in a tree in East Fort Garry, Sunday, September 9, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you believe monitoring patients for a time at home, the "virtual waiting room" will help reduce waits for hospital admissions?

View Results

Ads by Google