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Thousands flood Forks for NHL party

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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.

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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