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Thousands flood Forks for NHL party

The National Hockey League welcomed Winnipeg to the 2011-2012 season by throwing a six-hour party at The Forks this afternoon and evening, drawing tens of thousands of people — some of whom even waited until after school and after work to come.

There was exuberance, there was joy, there was noise galore, though this wasn’t like the spontaneous stampede of people pouring into The Forks last spring to celebrate official word that the Jets were back in the NHL.

Murphy 2, left, Murphy, and Big Bluie, right, show their support for the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Faceoff party at The Forks Thursday.

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Murphy 2, left, Murphy, and Big Bluie, right, show their support for the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Faceoff party at The Forks Thursday. Photo Store

Jennifer Pelland takes a picture of her daughter, McKenna, and her husband, Trevor Didham, with Peter Puck at the NHL Faceoff 2011 at The Forks Thursday.

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Jennifer Pelland takes a picture of her daughter, McKenna, and her husband, Trevor Didham, with Peter Puck at the NHL Faceoff 2011 at The Forks Thursday. Photo Store

Frances Pazdor, former secretary at Mark Chipman's high school, shows her support for the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Faceoff party at The Forks in Winnipeg Thursday.

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Frances Pazdor, former secretary at Mark Chipman's high school, shows her support for the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Faceoff party at The Forks in Winnipeg Thursday. Photo Store

This was strictly an organized, orchestrated show of joy, Gary Bettman, producer.

People started staking out spots in front of the main stage hours before Inward Eye kicked off a massive concert, followed by Three Days Grace and then Bachman and Turner.

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Updated on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 8:14 PM CDT: Updates with details

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