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Winnipeg Jets superfan Kroppy gets emotional welcome from fans

Winnipeg Jets superfan Len Kropioski, 97, got a standing ovation from fans when he returned to the MTS Centre on Wednesday after a bout in hospital.

Len Kropioski, 97, back at MTS Centre after hospital stay

Winnipeg Jets superfan Len "Kroppy" Kropioski will be remembered in Kenora, Ontario with a street named after him.

Kroppy got a standing ovation from Winnipeg Jets fans thrilled to see the 97-year-old superfan return to the MTS Centre Wednesday for the game against the Ottawa Senators.

Len Kropioski, a longtime fixture at Jets games, was back after being in a Kenora hospital since February.

He was clearly missed, with the Jets rolling out a special welcome for one of their most devoted fans.

Kroppy got a standing ovation from the stadium. Here's the moment:

Kroppy is a Second World War veteran.

He's turning 98 this summer, and the fans can't get enough of him.

Kroppy became a Jets mainstay after he was regularly seen on the MTS Centre scoreboard screen. For Winnipeg Jets fans, he's become intimately connected with the team and the game.

Many reacted emotionally to his return.

And in case there was any doubt how important Kroppy is to Winnipeg …

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