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Best of 2016-17 | "Moments" - Pt. 1

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

From opening night to the Heritage Classic, the All-Star Game and beyond, the 2016-17 campaign featured some of the most memorable special event and off-ice moments in franchise history.

Let's look back at some of those unforgettable occasions that helped unite our city and further define what it means to be a Jets fan.

 

Oct. 13 - Opening Night

With a capacity crowd of 15,294 on hand to welcome them back, the Jets took to the ice for the first time -- one by one -- with a Hollywood-inspired entrance that had fans of all ages lining the 'red carpet' at ice level.

This year the soundtrack featured a pounding, modern-day remix of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. With that, the array of cinematic lightning and a sea of pulsing, fluorescent blue glow sticks, the 2016-17 season began in fine fashion.

Oh, and the game wasn't too bad either.

Video: Home Opener Player Intros

 

Oct. 13 - Kroppy Tribute

On Sept. 14, 2016, we lost a dear friend of ours.

Len Kropioski, or 'Kroppy' as he was more commonly known, had been coming to Jets games for more than 35 years, initially becoming a season ticket holder with the WHA incarnation way back in 1979.

Each and every game night -- after a two-and-a-half hour commute from his home in Kenora -- Kroppy was there there in his front-row seat, singing along, saluting the flag and throwing a powerful thumbs-up to the fans in a suave ensemble of military and home team garb, all to the tune of the Canadian national anthem.

"It became part of our tradition," Kyle Balharry, the Jets' director of game production, told WinnipegJets.com earlier that summer.

"It became part of who we are."

Video: Kroppy Tribute

 

Oct. 18 - Heritage Ice

Building the rink for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic was a long and exhausting process that began more than two weeks before the event actually took place.

The project officially came to life in the evening of Oct. 18 when 350 gallons of white paint and more 20,000 gallons of water was applied over several hours in a fine mist to build the blank playing surface.

From there, the lines and logos were put down, and after a few more passes with the hose, the stage was finally set for the one of the marquee events of the NHL's 100th season.

Video: SIGHTS & SOUNDS | Heritage Classic Ice

 

Oct. 21 - Heritage Family Skate

The players had a chance to enjoy some family time on the new ice at Investors Group Field just prior to the Heritage Classic.

These memories will last a lifetime.

Video: HERITAGE CLASSIC | Family Skate

 

Oct. 22 - A Blast from the Past

Teemu.

Really, what else needs to be said?

With more than 33,000 on their feet, the Finnish Flash put on a show, scoring twice -- including the winner with only 3.6 seconds left -- to give the Jets a 6-5 win over the Oilers in the Heritage Classic Alumni Game. 

Video: Hollywood Ending for Selanne at Heritage Alumni Game

 

Oct. 23 - Heritage Classic Anthem

Country music stars Doc Walker and Brett Kissel sing 'O Canada,' while the Royal Canadian Air Force CT-114 Tutor (Snowbirds) and a CF-18 Hornet aircraft conduct a flyover.

Chills, even today.

Video: EDM@WPG: Walker, Kissel perform 'O Canada'

 

Dec. 16 - Laine Goes 4-for-4 at Skills Competition

Patrik Laine wasted little time dazzling the masses with that wicked shot of his. But even by his standards, crushing all four targets on just that many attempts in only 8.6 seconds? That's pretty darn special.

The video went viral and has over a million views on JetsTV and YouTube.

Video: SKILLS | Laine goes four-for-four

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