WINNIPEG - Andrew Gordon had a unique connection to Winnipeg before signing a one-year contract with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent this past summer.
After all, one of his first hockey memories took place in this city, as an impressionable six-year-old.
“Winnipeg has always been a special place for me. We used to come vacation here to see my grandmother when I was little,” said Gordon, whose father John was born in Winnipeg and spent 25 years here. “I saw my first NHL game here at Winnipeg Arena and Teemu Selanne was my idol when I was growing up. It was an afternoon game, Winnipeg was playing LA during Selanne’s rookie year and they were broadcasting the game back in Finland so everybody had these little paper Finnish flags they were waving.
“It was really special. He scored goals number 69 and 70. I remember I was in shock at how big the building and in awe of what was going on around me. That really made me a hockey fan. It sparked my passion for the game.”