Jaffray: Keep the boos coming
Ted Wyman, QMI Agency
|Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jason Jaffray (l) checks Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Brett Connolly tangle during NHL hockey action in Winnipeg on November 14, 2011. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)
Keep it up Jets fans.
That’s the message from forward Jason Jaffray after fans at MTS Centre booed mercilessly every time the Phoenix Coyotes touched the puck in Thursday’s 1-0 Winnipeg win.
“It’s great,” Jaffray said. “If teams come in here thinking it’s going to be a hostile environment, that’s a reputation the city would like to have.”
Jets fans have been doing everything they can to throw opposing teams off their game this season, chanting the goaltender’s name regularly and booing star players.
Thursday night they jeered former Jet Shane Doan and the rest of the Coyotes throughout the game.
“I thought they were going to run out of energy about halfway through the second but they held strong right through the entire game,” Jaffray said.
“The word is out that this is a loud, tough rink to play in but if it’s going to be hostile in there like it was last game, it’s fun to be a part of.”
So, can the fans actually throw the other team off its game?
“I think so, some parts of the game,” Jaffray said.
“If you’re all over the goalie, chanting his name, I don’t know if you can throw them off their game, but you’re providing a little bit more energy for the home team.
If we can continue to feed of the energy the crowd brings, it’s kind of like a sixth man out there.”