"You can't say enough about it. The city is just on fire. Everywhere you go, everywhere you see, it's all Winnipeg Jets. It makes you feel pretty special to be a part of it. That first (regular-season home) game, I can't speak for guys who have played in the Stanley Cup Final, but it's going to probably be one of the craziest games that any of us have played in." -- Blake Wheeler
' "real" home-opener still is 19 days away, which is a common school of thought around the club this week.
certainly resembles that of a regular-season game. Winnipeg hockey fans circled the date in June, when the Jets released their preseason slate, and a packed MTS Centre will greet the two clubs. The Jets' cable broadcast outlet, TSN Jets, will televise the game live, and a full press contingent is expected.
There was as much action off the ice as on the ice when the Jets practiced at the MTS Centre on Monday. All throughout the building, arena employees and contractors hustled to put some of the finishing touches on the building necessary to host an NHL game.