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 remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic