Every Jets fan remembers a fired up and emotional Eddie O at the old Winnipeg arena…
“It made me nauseous to know what was going to happen,” Olczyk told The New York Times, “but I always knew that Winnipeg was an NHL city even though they didn’t have a team there, (so this is) just incredible to see. The white outs bring back a lot of memories. And I couldn’t be happier.”
Now, here we are, and the conclusion of Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs, and the Jets players get to fulfil every hockey player’s dream, to play in a Game 7.
Regardless of what happens tonight, Winnipeg has been the centre of the Canadian hockey universe for the last couple of weeks, and the entire hockey world has been reminded about what a monster Winnipeggers create in the now world-renowned Winnipeg Whiteout.
It’s not that it was unheard-of, of course; it’s been around since 1987, but this run by the Jets and their fans – who have been the real stars of the show – has reminded the world of what Winnipeg is all about. Heart.
The Winnipeg Whiteout and the Winnipeg love affair with its team is such a big part of these playoffs that the New York Times wrote a long feature story about it.
It’s worth a read. Go! Jets! Go!