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Jets Camp: Fans flock to first practice

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 11:46 AM

By Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent / Super Saturday

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Jets Camp: Fans flock to first practice
WINNIPEG -- Space is rarely at a premium where the wide-open Canadian prairie begins on the outskirts of Winnipeg.

But the Winnipeg Jets' first day of on-ice workouts brought a jammed MTS Iceplex, packed parking lots and fans huddled around the glass surrounding the Jets' practice rink.

Veteran Nik Antropov will go down in Winnipeg hockey history as the first Jets player to take the ice here. The Winnipeg faithful greeted Antropov and his teammates with a loud burst of cheers to commemorate the city's entry back into the League.

Later in the session, captain Andrew Ladd drew a rise from the crowd with a shifty deke, the first of several bursts from a crowd that analyzed every move a Jet made.

Ladd, Bryan Little and defensemen Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom were among the established veterans to partake in the first group of players to take the ice.

Winnipeg natives Kevin Clark and Derek Meech also participated. Two groups of players will follow later in the day.
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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

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