Nine kids from Portage la Prairie got to take in the Winnipeg Jets game Sunday night at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Five La Verendrye School students and four North Memorial Students were selected to attend the NHL game through Recreation Opportunities For Kids and the Jumpstart Program.
"I had the pleasure of seeing the kids cheer through the whole game," says ROK Recreation Supervisor Lynne Parker. "Seeing their faces when the camera panned the crowd and they would get onto the Jumbotron was awesome. The mascots came into the suite with us so Mick-E-Moose and Benny were there and the kids were so pumped. They got pictures with us and the kids were put up on the Jumbotron again, I didn't really watch much of the game I was busy watching the kids."
Grade 5 La Verendrye student Ami Murrell, and Grade 6's Jesse Mousseau and Dajon Beaulieu all agreed that getting to attend a jets game and watching from a suite was something they never thought they'd get to experience.
"It was really awesome," says Murrell. "I was really scared because I thought the Jets were going to lose but I was wrong. It's really cool that we got these tickets through Jumpstart"
"It was like a once in a lifetime thing because that was my first jets game I got to go to," says Mousseau. "It feels good because (Jumpstart) supports us and they want to have fun with us."
North Memorial's Kylee Markus, Tara-Lynne LaPearl, Taylor McNab all got to attend the game as well. They all decided the delicious snacks like popcorn and cotton candy were their favourite part of the adventure.
"It was so much fun," says Markus. "We got to watch the game and eat yummy food. It was just so much fun. I thought it was going to be small like the Portage Terriers' arena, but it's huge. It's a huge place!"
Parker adds it's the first time Jumpstart has chosen a community outside of Winnipeg to attend a game, and she's would do this on a monthly basis to see the kids smiling faces if it was possible.