Winnipeg natives have been on a non-stop party since the day it was announced the Atlanta Thrashers were being re-located to Manitoba's capital city.
And in the second preseason game played at the MTS Centre, the fans in attendance used a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the folks who brought the Jets back to Winnipeg.
During the singing of "O' Canada" prior to the drop of the puck, fans singing along yelled extra loud when the line "true north" was sung.
True North Sports & Entertainment is the company that owns the Jets.
"I noticed that," said Mark Chipman, True North's Chairman of the Board. "That was very neat. Somebody mentioned something about that the other day, and I wasn’t sure what they were talking about. I get it now. That’s a very nice gesture."
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.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh