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    only thing good about Jets this season..

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    Man behind the Winnipeg Jets’ whiteout

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    WINNIPEG — It was a night Jets fans will never forget.



    The electrifying atmosphere inside MTS Centre Monday night, captivated the country and players were in awe, even after a tough loss.


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    “That’s one you’ll always remember, too bad it wasn’t more fond memories,” said Blake Wheeler.
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    “I got chills skating out for the first time, seeing the big white out,” said Tyler Myers, “The fans exceeded any expectations we had.”


    READ MORE: Despite Game 3 loss, Jets fans embrace return of NHL playoffs to Winnipeg
    This may have been the first white out for the new Jets but it started 28 years ago.


    It was an idea die hard Jets fan and marketing expert Rod Palson came up with during a lunch meeting with team brass at Rae and Jerry’s restaurant.



    “I got summoned to a lunch meeting to talk about something,” said Palson.



    In 1987, as the Jets prepared to play the Calgary Flames in game six of the first round, the Jets organization wanted to do something to counter the crowd at the Saddledome and the sea of red.
    “They wanted to counter attack it with encouraging people to wear red, white and blue,” said Palson who made a simpler, more cost effective suggestion, “I threw out the idea of everyone has a white shirt, t-shirt, sweat shirt, let’s encourage our fans to wear white with the theme, good guys wear white…three days later the community was white, it was just an enormous response.”


    The Winnipeg Jets whiteout was born April 16, 1987.



    “Goose bumps, incredible and we won that series,” boasted Palson.



    Monday night at MTS Centre those goose bumps returned.



    “Seeing people take it to the next level,” said Palson. A simple idea that became a movement that defined a city.

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    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/spo...urce=d-tiles-2

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    Bars staying open till 4 a.m. for Jets 7
    Plenty of options for a Saturday night fan


    By Cella Lao Rousseau, Winnipeg Sun First posted:
    Thursday, April 16, 2015 03:22 PM CDT




    Nicole Balliet (l) and Mike Aston of the Pony Corral in Winnipeg, Man.
    are prepared for the Jets' first playoff game Thursday April 16, 2015.





    With Manitoba bars staying open until 4 a.m. in honour of the Jets, fans who want to have a beer or two with the game have plenty of options.

    All licensed premises in the province can serve alcohol until 3 a.m., and stay open until 4 a.m., a provincial spokesperson said Friday. The game begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night and won't end until after midnight at the earliest.

    Places around the city like Jekyll & Hyde’s Freehouse (437 Stradbrook Ave), Boston Pizza (333 St. Mary Ave.) and Club 200 (190 Garry St.) will be airing the games.

    The Pony Corral downtown (444 St Mary Ave.) has set up goal lights on every table that will light up when the Jets score.

    “When a goal is scored, the light automatically goes on. We have it programmed for our team specifically,” said Pony Corral employee Monique Vermiere. “We want people to come on down, check us out and have some fun. We’re known for our wings because they’re homemade and you just cant beat them!”

    The Tavern United next to MTS Centre (260 Hargrave St.) has set up a projector screen on its rooftop patio for al fresco hockey-watching.

    Other places downtown like Hy’s Winnipeg (1 Lombard Pl.) and Carbone’s Coal Fired Pizza (260 St. Mary Ave.) are offering specials for customers watching the game.
    At The Pint (274 Garry St.) they’ve taken the Jets mania to a delicious level with The Pint Playoff Burger, topped with poutine, and garnished with a perogy.

    “We’re absolutely thrilled that the team made the playoffs and that we can celebrate with Winnipeg,” said Melissa Ross, who works at The Pint.

    On Thursday, she had a table of Jets fans show up at 3 p.m., and it only got busier from there.
    “I think the city is going to be electrified tonight.”

    MTS Centre is not showing the series’ away games, and despite hope that 201 Portage would project the Jets on its big outdoor screen, that isn’t in the works.

    The Park Theatre showed Thursday night’s game on its big screen, but is busy with Manitoba Metalfest Saturday.

    There was a sea of white they hope to repeat on Monday, though.

    “It’s pretty fantastic of course! We showed last week’s game, and we did it last minute, and a ton of people showed up,” said Eric Casselman of the Park Theatre.

    A spokesman for the province said the Liquor and Gaming Authority is working with police to ensure downtown revellers stay safe.

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