Jets open training camp
TED WYMAN, QMI Agency
|Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel instructs the first group of players during the NHL teams training camp in Winnipeg, September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
The Winnipeg Jets opened training camp before a full house of about 1,500 hockey-crazed fans at the MTS IcePlex Saturday.
Centre Nik Antropov was the first player to step on the ice as the Jets began their first training camp in Winnipeg, after the franchise moved from Atlanta in the off-season.
A rousing ovation greeted the players, who simply ran drills in the 9 a.m., session, but every nice pass, goal or deke drew loud cheers from the crowd.
A chant of Go Jets Go broke out toward the end of the session.
"When they are screaming 'Go Jets Go' it kinda gives you goosebumps," said Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian.
"Obviously we're not used to practising in front a crowd like that but it's great. The fans are excited, we're excited and you know, it's a good day today in Winnipeg."
Saturday was the only day of training camp on which the Jets are holding a public practice. The remaining practices, starting today, will be held at MTS Centre and will be closed to the public.
"This is such a great tournout and we're trying to give them a little bit of a show of what we're about this year," Bogosian said.
"We had some good turnouts in Atlanta the first day of training camp, but nothing like this. There's no comparison.