Huge reception

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The Stamps are on the juice -- Booster Juice, that is -- thanks to Khari Jones.

The Stampeders pivot, who owns three of the juice franchises in Winnipeg, used to provide his Blue Bombers teammates with refreshments before a home game.

Yesterday, he brought his tasty treats to the visitors locker-room.

It's a room he's not too familiar with. He's used to the more comfortable home team's clubhouse.

Jones, who played the past five seasons for the Bombers, said he's looking forward to getting back on the Canad Inns Stadium field where he rewrote a large portion of Winnipeg's record book.

"It's a little different," he said. "But it's still a good feeling to come back after spending five years and doing a lot of good things here."

Jones was adored by the Bombers faithful during most of his time spent in the Manitoba capital.

But when the team stumbled out of the gates, losing five of its first seven, the cheers turned to jeers and the crowd started campaigning for backup Kevin Glenn.

"I think, by the end, they were frustrated just like we were frustrated on the field," Jones said.

"I had a great relationship with the fans for most of my time here."

Stamps head coach Matt Dunigan will have his offensive starters announced prior to tonight's kickoff, giving the Bombers fans a chance to pay their respects.

The 33-year-old pivot said he has no idea how the fans will greet him.

"I never gauge what fans' reaction is going to be. If they cheer or if they boo, I'll take it as a sign of respect."

Jones joked yesterday he tried to get his hands on the Bombers' yellow 'no contact' practice jersey.

There's a few ex-teammates that have been waiting a long time to lay a hit on him.

"I'm pretty close to a lot of those guys over there on the defence," Jones said. "Ryland Wickman, Lamar McGriggs, even Doug Brown. I'm sure he's looking forward to the chance to hit me. It'll be interesting. I know them pretty well and they know me. Now it's just about going out and playing."


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