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Fans on board as Winnipeg Jets rocket toward possible playoff spot
Fans on board as Winnipeg Jets rocket toward possible playoff spot

The Jets' departure from Winnipeg in 1996 inflicted a deep wound. The team was a source of civic pride from its World Hockey Assn. beginnings through its entry into the NHL, bringing major league status to a small prairie city. All was forgiven when the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to Winnipeg-based owners and moved north in 2011. The 13,000 available season tickets in the 15,000-seat MTS Centre were sold in 17 minutes despite a requirement that purchasers commit for three, four or five years. Suite holders had to choose seven- or 10-year terms. A waiting list of 8,000 was established, with nonrefundable deposits. Since then, the affection between the city and the reincarnated Jets...

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