Winnipeg Jets home opener draws hockey fans from near and far
Jets take on the Nashville Predators at MTS Centre
Hockey fans across Manitoba — and some from farther afield — are heading to the MTS Centre tonight for the team's first home game of the regular NHL season.
Eighteen-year-old Andrew Malloy and his friends drove for seven hours from Bismarck, North Dakota, in time for the Jets' match-up against the Nashville Predators.
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"There's no NHL team back in Bismarck, where I'm going to college. So I just figured [let's] go see an NHL game," said Malloy, who usually roots for the Washington Capitals.
"Who knows? This may be my second-favourite team now."
The puck drops at 7 p.m. CT.
The Jets are coming off a season-opening road trip that started with a win against Arizona and was followed by losses in San Jose and Los Angeles.
Winnipeg police are reminding people who are driving to the game to protect their vehicles from vandalism and theft.
Some of those tips include:
- Locking your vehicle doors and close your windows.
- Removing valuables before you get out.
- Parking in well-lit areas.
- Reporting suspicious activity to police.
Officers will be in and around the MTS Centre, talking to fans about reducing the risk of having their vehicles broken into.