Jets The Toast of Winnipeg

Matt Eichel
September 21 2011 09:03PM

 

One day after the Winnipeg Jet's 6-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a sold out MTS Centre, the city is still buzzing about the experience that both the city and province and even the country of Canada underwent.

From the resounding first game of the pre-season came many storylines - from Dustin Byfulgien's fight and inspired play in front of the 15,015 fans to first round pick Mark Scheifele's four point night - the Jets are definitely the talk of the town.

The return of the Jets makes Saturday night a hard decision to make for many Winnipeg sports fans as the Jets are playing in Nashville against the Predators while the 8-3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who lead the CFL's Eastern Division, are in Toronto playing the Argonauts.

What to watch? A split decision. Many Winnipeggers will have their previous channel button well worked in, that's for sure.

From SportsRadio 1290 talking non-stop about the Jets game last night to the non-stop coverage on CJOB, the Jets game last night represented much more than a hockey game.

It was, after all, just a pre-season game. A game that means nothing to any standings, points, or positioning in the Conferences.

But it was the tangible return of NHL hockey to Winnipeg.

Last night did not feature the Phoenix Coyotes, the ex-Jets, taking on another out-of-town opponent in a one night fits all format at MTS Centre.

Our Jets were playing.

Our Jets were in Winnipeg.

Our Jets were back.

Our Jets are back.

The feeling still may not have settled in until next summer after a full season. Or perhaps it may even take a few years, but the long and short of it is: NHL hockey is back in Winnipeg.

And the Jets are the toast of Winnipeg.

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Matt Eichel writes the Jets All Out Blog. A resident of Winnipeg, Matt stays on top of the latest Jets news and updates. Follow Matt on Twitter @mattyallout
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#1 michael
September 24 2011, 09:48AM
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One day Jets fans will flock to this site. till then us Oilers Nation guys will have to pull up thier slack. The excitement is just not Winnipeg. Here in Edmonton we were dying because The Jets game was not on our regional TV. Thier are alot of Manitobans in Edmonton who are pissed that they can't get their Jets fix. a buddy of mine was trying to find the game online on the internet on the video stream and the radio stream. He had no luck. What channel is the Radio streaming from. There are online are they not? There is a definite excitemnet across Canada as we welcome the Jets back into the fold. good luck to them and may the winetr in Winnipeg seems just a little warmer on those nights when the Jets are at home.

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