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Teemu Selanne received a standing ovation from Winnipeg Jets fans during Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators at Bell MTS Place. His appearance on the JumboTron sent the arena into bedlam.
"The city and the team have so much passion for hockey, and I'm so happy for them," Selanne told NBCSN during the second period. "They deserve every success that they have now."
Selanne, who scored 76 goals to set an NHL rookie record with Winnipeg in 1992-93, was part of the team's "Whiteout" for Game 6 as the Jets tried to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. He said he was amazed by the reception.
"It's always a special place to come," Selanne said. "I have a special relationship with the fans, and it's always overwhelming when I come here."
The 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee teased his return to Winnipeg with an incredible video on Instagram where he wore his old Jets jersey while seated in the co-pilot seat of a private jet. At the end of the video, he shouts "Go Jets Go!"
Video: 1-ON-1 | Teemu Selanne
"I think they have a good combination of different personalities, good leaders," Selanne said. "They have the tools. I'm so happy for them and the whole city of Winnipeg."
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