Jets captain Andrew Ladd may be a new Winnipegger but he's like the rest of us because he can't wait for the puck to drop.

"When I played in Chicago, I couldn't wait to get out on the ice to hear the crowd and feel them and their passion," said Ladd, from his home in B.C. and fresh off a workout and skate. "There's a rush of adrenaline that you get in a full building that can't be replicated. It's great to know we're gonna have that every night all season. All the players, we're looking forward to seeing what Winnipeg has in store for us."

Ladd has had a busy summer, getting married, moving his professional life from Atlanta to Winnipeg and taking part in the resurgence of the NHL in our town. He's made one visit to Winnipeg and came away with this first impression.

"Winnipeg to me seems like a small town with good people that are crazy about their hockey," said Ladd. "I have a sense of how down to earth people are there and me and my wife are looking forward to being a part of that, being part of Winnipeg that lost a team. When you lose something and you get it back, you appreciate it all that more. We as players, we're not sure what we're in for but we're excited about it."