WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Chants of "Teemu" began even before the national anthems were played Saturday night.
Winnipeg has been waiting a long time for its former star Teemu Selanne to return. The only disappointment was that the Finnish Flash hit the ice as a member of the Anaheim Ducks and not the hometown Jets.
When the scoreboard camera zoomed in on the Anaheim bench, Selanne stood up, turned around, and waved to his appreciative fans.
Selanne was even cheered when he touched the puck - the rest of his teammates were booed - a testament to the fans' adoration of the 19-year veteran whose NHL career began with the former Jets franchise.
Fans then gave him a standing ovation when a video tribute was shown welcoming him back to Winnipeg. One one fan held a sign that said, "Teemu we forgive you come home."