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FOR THE LOVE OF GARY

"I thought the radio guy, his name was Gary (Lawless), I thought they were cheering for him"

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, after crowd in the concourse of the MTS Centre started chanting his name

 

SO, HOW'S YOUR DAY?

"Well, I had my regular lunch with the prime minister, the ambassador, the premier. No, it was remarkable. It wasn't my regular lunch crew; it was quite humbling."

-- Winnipeg Jets co-owner Mark Chipman, a few hours before the puck dropped

 

WE'RE STILL STANDING

"This is a great city and it's been great for a long time and I think it became even greater in the years after the NHL left because so many thought we were going to roll up the sidewalks."

-- Winnipeg Jets co-owner Mark Chipman

 

ALL STARTED ON A NAPKIN

"It's a little emotional for me. I remember in 1998, a meeting between Mark Chipman and I. We were having a hot coffee, sitting in the Fyxx on Albert Street and literally drawing out on the back of a napkin where a new arena could go. I'll never forget that."

-- Former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray

 

SCREAMING ON THE OUTSIDE

"How do I feel? Ecstatic the Jets are back. I'm going to stand right here for quite a while. I'm not lucky enough to get a ticket but I'm right here, screaming and yelling."

-- Jason Kendall, standing with friends outside the MTS Centre

 

GO DOWNTOWN GO

"We're rounding the corner. There are thousands more people coming downtown than there were six or seven years ago. Perceptions are starting to change. With the Jets here, people's passion and pride about our city is at a high level."

-- Downtown BIZ executive director Stefano Grande

 

MAKING NEW MEMORIES

"My best memory is the Jets coming back, right now. I don't want to remember when they left. I want to remember today."

-- Guy Chateau, at The Forks with his granddaughter Danica, 3

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 10, 2011 A8

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