Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Excitement in Winnipeg even for just a preseason game

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation in Winnipeg even if it is just an exhibition game.

Fans in the Manitoba capital will be watching the re-born Winnipeg Jets for the first time tonight as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a split squad game. The first puck drops at 7:30 PM Central Time at MTS Centre.

The other half of each team will square off at Nationwide Arena in Columbus about 80 minutes sooner.

Even though the game doesn't count, it is a big deal for those that have waited 15 years for real NHL action. All you have to do is see the headlines coming out of Winnipeg and across Canada.

"It's a little surreal. It doesn't feel real yet to tell you the truth," Jets fan Edward Hucarewich said to CTV Winnipeg.

"I'm assuming it's going to be crazy in here. I think it's kind of the fans' first opportunity to show what they bring to the table and the excitement that they have for this team," Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd told CBC News.

CBC News posted two video stories today: "Jets excitement builds" and "Winnipeg prepares for Jets debut".

Yesterday was the start of when the media coverage really began to take off. An example was Global Winnipeg's Tamara Forlanski providing a glimpse at what has been happening in the city over the last few days (see video below).

Game coverage in Winnipeg is on TSN Jets and Sports Radio 1290.

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