Loud Winnipeg Jets fans prompt Minnesota call-to-action

Winnipeg Jets fans are so passionate they’ve prompted fans of nearby teams to try and up their games.

Blog tries to rally support for Minnesota Wild after fans are out-gunned by visiting Jets fans

Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Toby Enstrom celebrate Little's goal against Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding during first period pre-season NHL action in Winnipeg on September 19. (John Woods/The Canadian Press)

Winnipeg Jets fans are so passionate they’ve prompted fans of nearby teams to try and up their games.

The team is set to face off against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, a mere seven-hour drive from their home turf.

It’ll be the first of five games the two will play this season, and fans in Minnesota have already been instructed to up their game.

A fan-operated blog called The Team of 18,001 issued a special call on Wednesday, explaining locals were being “out-gunned” by several hundred visiting Jets fans and needed to do better.

The blog gave Wild fans special tips for combating exuberant Jets fans, including cheering for their own team more and giving goalie Ondrej Pavelec a hard time.

It also said anyone wearing a new Jets jersey with Selanne on the back ought to be shamed, as Teemu Selanne actually wore a different version of the jersey when he played for the team, which was only available in the 1980s and ‘90s.

Wild fans may have their work cut out for them if they want to out-voice Jets fans though, the MTS Centre, the team's home-base, is the self-proclaimed home of the loudest fans in the league.

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