Thousands of Jets fans packed the MTS Centre on Sunday to see the team practice with their newly minted coach.
The event was open to fans on the waiting list for Winnipeg Jets season tickets, and the crowd got to see Evander Kane lace up for the first time in a while.
Kane suffered a hand injury following an on-ice fight earlier this month and was recently placed on the NHL’s Injured Reserve List.
While he was skating with the team, he didn’t say when he would be game-ready.
“It felt a lot better than it has been,” Kane told reporters. “I was able to skate today, so it was good.”
The team has been riding high after a three-game winning streak under the guidance of new head coach Paul Maurice.
Maurice said it was good timing to have fans come in and watch a practice skate.
“I thought it worked out really well. The guys had fun. The coaches got to get out there and see some personalities,” he said. “This is new for me too — [to] see how they interact with each other – who’s the funny guy, stuff like that.”
The Jets next game is scheduled for Tuesday against the Ducks in Anaheim.