WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg native John Kirby and his son, Nathan, can't wait to be a part of the incredible celebration that will take place inside MTS Centre today when the Jets finally touch down to the delight of the hometown faithful.
It's been 15 years since the Jets last played an NHL game in front of the rowdy Manitobans, but that all changes when the team hosts Montreal Sunday in front of an expected 15,000-plus.
John Kirby, born and raised in Winnipeg and a fan of former Jets captain Dale Hawerchuk, has an idea what the atmosphere will be like.
"Think of a Stanley Cup final game when the crowd is on their feet and the whole place is just rocking," Kirby told NHL.com. "That's what it was like in some of these preseason games. That's the only way I can describe it."