The Winnipeg Jets officially stepped out on the ice Wednesday September 21st for two exhibition games …one in Winnipeg before an ecstatic
sell-out crowd … where they thrilled the fans with a 6-1 victory. The other
game was in Columbus where they lost 5-1. The rosters were made up
of seasoned players and quite a few rookies. Dustin Byfuglien, already a
fan favorite, (as well as yours truly) made known his presence seconds after
the opening face-off with two thundering hits. Then… thirty-seven seconds
later he squared off with Cody Bass. Manitoban born players Kevin Clark, Jason
Gregoire, Troy Bodie and Shayne Wiebe played for the Jets; while Mart
Stuart played for the Bluejackets. Manitoba fans were overjoyed with their
home-grown talent. The third game was played in Nashville, where perhaps due
to the absence of their boisterous fans, they lost 4-3. Their fourth game was
played in Raleigh, North Carolina where they went down to a 4-0 loss. The Hurricanes got two quick goals in the first and followed with two more in the second. It was the Hurricanes first victory in the exhibition season. Winnipeg will take some time to settle into the league, but the fan support will be a tremendous asset. I, for one, will beg, borrow or steal a ticket when the Jets come to Toronto. Go Jets Go!


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