February 9, 2013
Homecoming for Jets' Grant Clitsome
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Grant Clitsome during the warmup skate prior to the Winnipeg Jets NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI AGENCY)

OTTAWA - Grant Clitsome’s eyes lit up at the prospect of going home to play in front of family and friends.

It was shortly after a tough 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, but Clitsome was already excited about Saturday’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators. Clitsome grew up in Gloucester, Ont., which is an eastern suburb of the nation’s capital.

The 27-year-old defenceman will have at least 40 family members and friends in the seats at Scotiabank Place when the Jets (4-5-1) take on the Senators (6-3-2) in a matinee.

“To be able to play in front of friends and family against a team that I grew up watching, it’s always fun,” Clitsome said.

This will be only Clitsome’s second NHL game in his hometown. He used to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are in the Western Conference, and road trips to play their Eastern counterparts were few and far between.



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