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Jets fans gather for draft day

Over 400 people gathered at the Shark Club to watch the National Hockey League's annual draft.

Jets players Mark Stuart and James Wright mingled with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. Winnipeg Jets jerseys were scattered throughout the bar. Patrons were glued to the TVs in hopes of seeing the Jets draft some good players. 

Jets fan Kevin Gies' reaction was muted when the Jets announced Joshua Morrissey as their 13th spot draft pick for 2013. The Jets NHL draft party was held at the Shark Club in downtown Winnipeg on Sunday.

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Jets fan Kevin Gies' reaction was muted when the Jets announced Joshua Morrissey as their 13th spot draft pick for 2013. The Jets NHL draft party was held at the Shark Club in downtown Winnipeg on Sunday. Photo Store

As the drafting started, fans in the bar booed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as he opened the ceremony. The noise in the bar periodically died down as teams announced their picks, and then get deafening as fans react to the decisions playing out on TV.

Jets season ticket holder Brad Barnes said this is his first draft party. He's said the event is a great way to celebrate.

"It's a great atmosphere," Barnes said.

When Bettman announced a trade by Vancouver and New Jersey for the ninth spot in exchange for Corey Schneider, the bar erupted in boos.

The bar was relatively muted when the Jets announced Joshua Morrissey as their first pick.

Fan Mark Joss said the choice was a surprise for him, but at the same time he didn't know who to expect for the pick.

"(Morrissey) is like a ghost," he said.

Still, he said he was happy with the selection.

History

Updated on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM CDT: Adds picture

3:56 PM: Updated with first draft

10:48 PM: corrects typo

10:49 PM: Replaces photo

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