If there were ever a day the Winnipeg Jets probably wished they were still in Atlanta, Sunday was it.
The Jets held their first outdoor practice since relocating from Atlanta nearly three years ago, and more than 2,500 fans came out to The Forks on a bitterly cold but sunny afternoon. They lined both sides of the Assiniboine River, as well as the train bridge, and cheered whenever the opportunity presented itself, likely in a bid to stay warm.
It’s quite apparent that neither cold nor snow nor a nasty windchill of -28 can keep Jets fans away from their favourite team.
“It’s a great thing,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said. “The train tracks in the background and everybody out here, it’s cool. It would be nicer if it was a little warmer, but the guys are having fun just playing a little game of shinny.”
Ladd, a Vancouver native, had never played hockey in conditions like those that met the Jets and their supporters on Sunday.