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Adorable 2-year-old girl is the biggest Jets fan, video proves

Winnipeg girl identifies players in hockey card set in clip gone viral

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Young Jets fan names players

Two-year-old Aria has cutest lineup announcement ever

Two-year-old Aria auditions to be the next Winnipeg Jets broadcaster, naming her favorite players from their player cards!

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While most 2-year-olds are still getting the hang of their ABCs, one little Winnipeg superfan has mastered her JETs.

Her name is Aria, she will be 3 in September, and she knows the Winnipeg Jets roster in and out.

"One of her favorite bedtime books is a program she got from going to a Jets game," her father, Curtis Hughson told NHL.com. "She likes other books as well, but before she closes her eyes, she needs to see that Jets program."

Little Aria's love for the Jets has gone viral. A video featuring Aria shows her uncle Reid using hockey cards to quiz her on Jets players. It was filmed by her mom, Chelsea, and was shared by the team's official Twitter account.

If you had any doubts, you shouldn't. Aria goes a perfect 7 for 7 in the video, even nailing tricky pronunciations like goalie Connor Hellebuyck and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.

Hellebuyck gets his own wrinkle.

"That's my favorite!" Aria says, adorably, in the video when the goalie's card comes up, just before announcing Byfuglien is also her favorite.

"She has told everybody that Byfuglien (who missed 15 games with a lower-body injury but returned on Thursday) hurt his ankle and he was sad," Hughson said. "But Hellebuyck gave it a hug and a kiss and now he's better."

It should be no surprise that Curtis is a lifelong Jets fan and Aria's grandparents, Gord and Cheryl, are season ticket holders who took her to her first game.

Her father said that Aria loves to sing two songs, "Wheels on the Bus" and "O, Canada," even hitting the "True North" lyric extra loud as is custom at Bell MTS Place.

Aria is in the midst of getting her close-up. She's already done a radio interview in Winnipeg is scheduled to be on television on Monday, with more perhaps to come.

"There are a few different things she's taken a liking to, but the Jets are the thing she keeps coming back to," said Hughson. "If I put on the Apple TV she points right at the NHL app logo and asks to watch hockey."

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