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Published September 19, 2011
A WARM WELCOME: The WINNIPEG SUN's Wyman noted some 1,500 people attended the Jets’ “first practice of their first NHL training camp at MTS IcePlex” Saturday. The "parking lot was full and so were the stands." For many in attendance, “this was about making a first impression on players who are moving from a big American city in the hot south, to the smallest, coldest-weather market in the NHL.” Jets RW Chris Thorburn, who played for the Thrasher for four seasons, said, “It was nothing that I’ve ever experienced before in my pro days. To come here and get this kind of reception says a lot about the city and the organization as a whole” (WINNIPEG SUN, 9/17). Meanwhile, YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski reported fans at Saturday night’s Pearl Jam concert at MTS Centre “broke out into a ‘Go Jets Go!’ chant during one of the encores” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/18).
LOOKING AHEAD: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont writes, “I really like the new logo the Jets developed for their return to Winnipeg. … From an overall NHL business model, I don’t like the geographic/market size fit for a franchise in Manitoba. But I envy the hockey passion that fills every square inch of Canada.” Meanwhile, Dupont noted the NHL, NBC, and Comcast "all say they are committed to giving the game the best TV presence it has ever had in the US." Dupont: "Ok, so it took a mere 50 years to get that kind of traction. We’re going to be hearing a lot of Doc Emrick, and that’s always a good thing” (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/19).