'Nobody's happy about it': Power outage set for Rossburn, Man., during Jets game

People in the town of Rossburn, Man., will be cheering on the Winnipeg Jets in the dark Monday night.

Manitoba Hydro has planned a power outage in western Manitoba town from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday

Fans in Rossburn, Man. won't be left in the dark during the Winnipeg Jets game Monday. The will be a viewing party at the local hotel using a diesel-powered generator loaned by the fire department. 3:07

People in the town of Rossburn, Man., will be cheering on the Winnipeg Jets in the dark Monday night.

Manitoba Hydro has scheduled a power outage for maintenance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — conflicting with Game 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL's Western Conference final.

John Kostecki, who owns the Rossburn Hotel, said a hydro employee put up a bulletin Friday about the outage in the small town 275 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

"First thing that went through my mind was 'What, are they crazy?'" he said.

Manitoba Hydro needs to upgrade the substation's transformer and the planned outage notification came May 9, before the Jets beat the Nashville Predators in the second round of the NHL playoffs, a spokesperson said in an email.

"Generally, scheduled outages are planned days in advance to make sure staff are available, customers have plenty of advance warning and that it's scheduled for minimum inconvenience," the spokesperson said. 

Kostecki said he understands the maintenance work needs to be done but the timing is not ideal.

"I would rather have hydro fix the problems instead of having an unplanned outage, but they maybe could have done Tuesday," he said, laughing. "Nobody's happy about it."

Fire dept. generator will fuel game

Over the weekend, Kostecki ran into the town's fire chief and they came up with a solution to the problem. The local fire department has a diesel-powered generator that needs to be run a few times a year and the chief is loaning it to the hotel, he said.

"Instead of just burning the diesel for nothing, we decided to wire up our satellite and our TVs in the bar and we're going to watch the game by candlelight and cook hotdogs on the barbecue," he said.

The hotel will charge patrons $10 at the door and all proceeds will go to the community's skating rink.

"We're trying to fix the roof, and put in some new lighting in there, so it's going to a great cause," Kostecki said.

The Winnipeg Jets face off against the Vegas Golden Knights at 7 p.m. CT Monday at Bell MTS Place.


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