Monday, December 5, 2022
Home New Release Winnipeg Jets Fan Fest kicks off ahead of pre-season game Sunday

Winnipeg Jets Fan Fest kicks off ahead of pre-season game Sunday

Hockey fans were treated to the return of the Winnipeg Jets Fan Fest ahead of the team’s first pre-season game Sunday.

It was a joyful moment for the community with a chance for people to catch on-ice training sessions and get an autograph. The event was cancelled two years in a row due to COVID-19.

“It’s a special time, and it’s amazing — you lose sight of it when you haven’t had one since 2019. It’s amazing how time flies,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told 680 CJOB on Friday.

Read more:

Jets set to hit the ice this weekend with Fan Fest, preseason debut

True North Sports and Entertainment hopes Saturday’s excitement will help revive rinkside attendance.

“Like so many other businesses, our business, sports and entertainment in general, was so affected,” said Christina Litz, chief brand and commercial officer with True North Sports & Entertainment.

Story continues below advertisement

The Jets are kickstarting this season under new head coach Rick Bowness and a restructured leadership of alternate captains.

Bowness played for the old Winnipeg Jets for a brief stint in the early 1980s, and also served as an assistant coach.

He has already made his presence felt on the team, including his recent decision to demote longtime captain Blake Wheeler. He’s looking to bring the Jets back to success after a disappointing season.


Click to play video: 'Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness on the upcoming season'







Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness on the upcoming season


Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness on the upcoming season

Fans told Global News they are hopeful ticket sales will pick up to show support for the team

“Seeing the players, seeing the action, seeing new coaching staff, just for an exciting season hopefully,” said Jackson Gumprish, Jets fan.

Next Saturday, True North Sports and Entertainment is unveiling a statue of the late Dale Hawerchuk at True North Square, a move the company hopes will help keep the momentum going.

Story continues below advertisement

“Today’s Fan Fest is a big sign that we are ready to celebrate together,” said Litz.

The players kick off the 2022-23 campaign with a pre-season road game against the Edmonton Oilers Sunday evening.

— With files from Global’s Rosanna Hempel and Sam Thompson


Click to play video: 'Winnipeg Jets fans react to Bowness’ team restructuring'







Winnipeg Jets fans react to Bowness’ team restructuring


Winnipeg Jets fans react to Bowness’ team restructuring – Sep 16, 2022

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Peterborough health unit warns a ‘bad batch’ of drugs is circulating in area

Peterborough Public Health issued another alert following an increase in suspected drug poisonings on the weekend. On Saturday, the health unit received reports that a...

Agencies and experts gather in Abu Dhabi to debate the future of space

The two-day conference is set to form an important new global forum for the space industry (Picture: Getty Images)As a growing number of nations launch space...

While EU regulators take on Elon Musk, Britain’s online safety bill is a beacon of mediocrity | Chris Stokel-Walker

While EU regulators take on Elon Musk, Britain’s online safety bill is a beacon of mediocrityChris Stokel-WalkerThe attempt to bring big tech to heel...

Monday’s top tech news: OpenAI’s chatbot doesn’t have all the answers… yet

Filed under:Also, we got some new trailers for Gen V, The Witcher: Blood Origin, and the upcoming The Last of Us series.By Verge...