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Thousands attend Jets' open practice in Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - NHL-starved hockey fans turned out by the thousands Saturday for an open practice of their new Winnipeg Jets.

Some wore the old Jets' jerseys from the 1990s that have been consistently among the biggest sellers in the NHL catalog.

They crammed the practice facility on the edge of the city, filling the stands and crowding around the boards to watch and cheer the team, which plays its first NHL home exhibition Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For many it may be their only chance to see the relocated Atlanta Thrashers in person. The Jets have sold out all but a handful of tickets they held back, and those will be secured through a monthly draw.

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