Winnipeg Jets’ run for the Stanley Cup begins. Fans go crazy as team wins 1st-ever playoff game.
Winnipeg Whiteout has been a tradition. Jets fans across the city showed their pride during Game 1 of the playoff series vs. the Minnesota Wild held Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Bell MTS Place.
Thousands of cheerers also packed Donald Street. They echoed that volume at a street party where Game 1 of the Jets-Wild first-round matchup was broadcast on a giant screen.
The fun and excitement has heated up like a fever that has spread across the city and beyond the provincial border.
From special-issue hats for Patrol Officers of the Winnipeg Police Service, to businesses posting “Go Jets Go” signs in their windows, to politicians chanting on the steps of the legislature.
Jets flags are flying from Winnipeg’s fire trucks, the city’s buses are displaying “Go Jets Go,” downtown buildings are adorned in Jets colours and messages.
Manitoba-born rocker Tom Cochrane sent the team a good luck message.
“This has exceeded our expectations,” Economic Development Winnipeg CEO Dayna Spiring said. “This is the first Winnipeg Whiteout street party and this is all Winnipeg.”
Wednesday was the first playoff game in the city since 2015, when the Jets were swept in the first round.
With the Jets finishing second overall in the NHL standings this season, fans have high expectations.
(NEWS AND PHOTO CREDIT : CBC , GLOBAL NEWS AND CANADIAN PRESS)