University of Manitoba grads had even more justification for celebrating Tuesday, as university president David Barnard interrupted spring convocation to inform the crowd that the NHL was returning to Winnipeg. Many students had been anxiously waiting on the announcement and talk of the NHL’s return has often been a hot topic of conversation on campus. The Manitoban even published an regular blog chronicling the debate over when Winnipeg would once again be home to an NHL team.
After Barnard made the announcement, some students begun chanting “Go, Jets Go!” as the Max Bell Centre erupted in cheer.
“Enjoy your party at The Forks. You’ve earned it!” Barnard told the crowd of ecstatic students, referring to the massive celebrations that took place in downtown Winnipeg that went late into Tuesday night.