By Stu Hackel
“It’s crazy here,” said Brett MacLean, the 22-year-old leftwinger, about his new city. MacLean has just had his first skate with the Jets, who rescued from him from the AHL on Thursday. On Sunday, he’ll be in the lineup against the Canadiens when Winnipeg begins a new era.
From every indication, it’s all Jets, all the time in the ‘Peg. Game 1 will likely be the hardest ticket in the history of the city. The Winnipeg Free Press had an item Friday that said Prime Minister Steven Harper had requested 14 tickets for his cabinet members. He was politely turned down and given a pair.
“Someone told me at school that someone sold a ticket for two grand for the opener,” said Ben Carr, a Winnipeg school teacher who was on the other end of my phone call Friday morning.
There’s no way to adequately understand what it means to the city to have the Jets back without speaking to a Winnipegger. We thought about calling Neil Young, however CBC got ahold of him first. But Carr certainly qualifies. The 25-year-old native who today teaches Grade Six recalls, “I was in Grade Six when the Jets left town and my kids now, the kids I teach, they get the team back. Full circle. Fifteen years.”