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Peter Mansbridge on Winnipeg Jets loyalty, being a season-ticket holder

CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge talked hockey and his love of the Winnipeg Jets, while also making a couple zings at the Toronto Maple Leafs, during a stop in the Manitoba capital on Friday.
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CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge talked hockey and his love of the Winnipeg Jets, while also making a couple zings at the Toronto Maple Leafs, during a stop in the Manitoba capital on Friday.

Mansbridge, host of CBC'sThe National, made the remarks during a speech at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the RBC Convention Centre.

"Believe me, when you come from Toronto, it's great to arrive in a city that has a professional hockey team," he said to cheers and applause from the audience.

Holding up a Toronto Maple Leafs season seat membership card from the 2014-15 season, he said, "It's not mine. You can find these littered all over the streets of Toronto."

Then, holding a Jets season-ticket card in his other hand, Mansbridge declared, "This is mine."

While the Leafs are cleaning house following a horrific 30-44-8 season, the Jets are in the NHL playoffs for the first time in 19 years — and the first time since an NHL franchise returned to Winnipeg in 2011.

During his address, Mansbridge offered some advice to Jets fans feeling nervous after the team's 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

"It's just game one, and we were in the enemy barn," he said.

"We only have to win one game there, because nobody's going to come into this town and win in this barn down the street."

Click on the video player above to watch an excerpt from his speech.

Mansbridge is not the first high-profile Jets fan to speak out in recent days. Isaiah Mustafa, the actor best known for starring in Old Spice ads, recently revealed a bracket that put the Jets on top in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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