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Best of 2016-17 | "Moments" - Pt. 2

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.

 

Nov. 15 - Hockey Fights Cancer

This year the Jets honoured four pediatric cancer survivors with an emotional and uplifting pre-game ceremony, and raised $210,000 for CancerCare Manitoba from the efforts of the NHL initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer.

The brave young children that took part in the ceremony received a warm and well-deserved standing ovation from the capacity crowd at MTS Centre -- a moment we'll never forget.

Video: CHI@WPG: Winnipeg supports Hockey Fights Cancer

 

Jan. 9 - Brock Lesnar, Hockey Dad

The former WWE and UFC World Heavyweight champion, and current WWE Universal title-holder visited Winnipeg to cheer on the Jets for the first time.

'The Beast,' who now resides on his farm in Maryfield, SK, is a friend of fellow Minnesotan Dustin Byfuglien. After watching the Jets beat the Calgary Flames 2-0, he met the team and got a tour of the dressing room afterward -- a thrill for both Brock and his young, hockey playing children.

Video: Lesnar cheers on the Jets

Video: EXCLUSIVE | Brock Lesnar

Video: Lesnar meets the team

 

Jan. 19 - 'Matty Ice'

Fresh off the signing of a new three-year contract, Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols took in the game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Like Lesnar, Nichols proved to be a good-luck charm as the Jets doubled up the 'Yotes 6-3.

Video: Bombers QB Matt Nichols takes in the game

 

Feb. 17 - Marriage Proposal

The popular Lay's Feed Your Fandemonium scoreboard game is always a hit with the fans, but let's be honest here -- nobody saw that one coming.

Chips, tickets AND a ring?! It was unforgettable night for these Jets fans.

Well done, Jason.

Video: IN-GAME | Marriage Proposal

 

Mar. 6 - Forces Night

On a night when over 500 season-seat holders donated their tickets to members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Jets honoured the bravery of our men and women in uniform with a beautiful pre-game ceremony, and presented a $100,000 cheque to Major General Christian Drouin for the Military Families Fund, the Soldier On Fund, and the Air Force Heritage Fund.

Major Genevieve Dussault, Lieut. Colonel Michele Claveau, and 94-year-old veteran Roy Forbes -- a 1948 Olympic gold medalist as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers -- then brought down the house with the ceremonial puck drop.

Forbes, who was escorted to centre ice in a wheelchair, showed incredible strength and fortitude, rising to his feet and dropping the third of three pucks between Blake Wheeler and San Jose captain Joe Pavelski.

Video: Armed Forces Night Ceremony

 

Apr. 8 - Year-End Awards

The season may have ended long before any of us wanted it to, but the individual performances of these three throughout the 82-game campaign was definitely worth celebrating.

Patrik Laine (Three Stars Award), Josh Morrissey (Community Service Award) and Bryan Little (Dan Snyder Memorial Award) were all honoured prior to puck drop for their efforts both on and off the ice throughout the year.

Video: Year-End Awards

 

Apr. 8 - Fan Appreciation

Thank you.

Video: HIGHLIGHT REEL | Fan Appreciation Night

 

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