RAH-RAH RI­VAL

Ra­bid Jets fans travel in droves to Min­nesota and tick off the Wild

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

ONCE THE JETS make the play­offs, it’ll pour gaso­line on a smol­der­ing feud with Min­nesota.

For ra­bid, pas­sion­ate Win­nipeg fans, still full of en­ergy after get­ting their team back, Min­nesota is the clos­est op­pos­ing club, as the state bor­ders Man­i­toba. It’s an easy trek to St. Paul from Win­nipeg, so the Jets faith­ful come out in droves when their team vis­its the Wild.

The Jets fans are a vo­cal mi­nor­ity at the Xcel En­ergy Cen­ter, known for drown­ing out the Wild faith­ful with “Go Jets Go!” chants, and it drives Min­nesota nuts. Lo­cal press and blogs publish guides on “how to deal with vis­it­ing Jets fans.” The Jets also get on Min­nesotans’ nerves be­cause they have a “stran­gle­hold” on tick- ets for their own build­ing, the MTS Cen­tre, as the Wild’s Zach Parise put it. The MTS Cen­tre has the NHL’s small­est ca­pac­ity at 15,004, so it’s an ex­tremely tough ticket. Min­nesota fans want­ing to travel north and support their team can’t do it as eas­ily as the thou­sands of trav­el­ling Jets fans, and that adds to the frus­tra­tion.

The two teams meet Nov. 16, Dec. 27, Dec. 29, Feb. 10 and April 6.

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