Last night Dar and I were lucky enough to take in our second Winnipeg Jets game of the year. It is easily one of the hottest tickets in town now and any chance we can get to take in a game we obviously jump at.
Tickets to the Jets vs Devils game.
We joined 15,000 other rabid Jets fanatics for the chance to cheer for our team and jeer the antics of the struggling New Jersey Devils. Looking at the stats for both squads before the game I noticed that both the Devils and Jets were sitting right around .500 on the year so it could be anyone’s game.
Being no strangers to the Winnipeg sports scene we knew to arrive early to beat the crowds and grab a bite to eat outside the arena where prices are needlessly inflated. Winnipeggers may be sports fans but we are also ruthless in our search of a bargain.
After a quick bite in a nearby mall food court we headed in to grab our seats, everywhere you looked the shiny new logo of the Jets was worn with pride. Hats, sweaters (jerseys), and even scarves were on display. A mix of the old logo and the new logo helped to give the crowded thorough fare some definition.
Winnipeg Jet's logos on the ice pregame.
Posted in Hockey, Uncategorized, Why Winnipeg Rocks!, Winnipeg Events
Tagged Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Claude Noel, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Hockey, Johnny Oduya, MTS Centre, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
Well here it is about 24 hours before game 6 in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. I am sitting on pins and needles for two reasons tonight.
Firstly my team since the early 1990’s, the Vancouver Canucks, is one game away from winning the whole shebang and secondly Winnipeg is getting its team back.
I must admit in all honesty that I was never a huge hockey fan growing up, yes I used to sit on my Dad’s knee and steal sips of beer while we watched hockey. But I was more interested in Peter Puck than the actual games back then.
Yes as every good Canadian boy does I laced up my skates in the back yard, but I was never much of a player. My ankles always bothered me as they still do, and I spent more time on my ass as I did upright.
Posted in Rants
Tagged 2010–11 NHL season, Beer, Bobby Hull, Boston Bruins, Canada men's national ice hockey team, CBC, Daniel Sedin, Don Cherry, Felix Potvin, HNIC, Hockey, Kirk McLean, Neuter that Cat Canucks, Old time hockey, Pavel Bure, Peter Puck, Roberto Luongo, Stanley Cup, Teemu Selanne, Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg Jets
Just when I thought this world couldn’t get any stranger. In a bizarre case of the grass must be greener over there, Winnipeg is welcoming visitors from Australia and southern United States who want to experience cold.
Val Keenan and Jean Hyrich will welcome visitors to Winnipeg. (Photo - Matt Preprost: Winnipeg Free Press)
Yes, that’s right cold. Bone chilling lock yourself in the bedroom and crank up the furnace and hide cold. The six-day winter exchange is all part of worldwide cultural exchange movement called Friendship Force. Founded in 1977 by US President Jimmy Carter, Friendship Force joins people around the world in an opportunity to explore different cultures and experience the world in a way travellers seldom get to experience. By billeting, the travellers get the opportunity to stay in a home hosted by a native of the area. Thus getting an authentic taste of daily life that staying in a hotel just cannot deliver.
Australian Pam Ferguson with host Jean Hyrich. (Photo - Phil Hossack: Winnipeg Free Press)
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Tagged Australia, Blizzard, Canada, Cultural Exchange, Curling, Exchange Programs, Festival, Festival Du Voyageur, Friendship Force, Frostbite, Hockey, Jimmy Carter, Manisnowba, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Tourtière, Trans-Canada Highway, United States, Windchill, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Free Press, Winter, Winterpeg