When the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice against his Calgary Flames Friday night, there will be a flood of memories for Alex Tanguay.

He won't be pining for the old Smythe Division days, though.

Seeing the new version of the Jets reminds Tanguay of the NHL team he lost growing up.

"I'm a kid from Quebec City, so I'm hoping the Nordiques are coming back eventually," the Flames winger said on the eve of facing the Jets at the Saddledome for the first time.

"It's nice (the Jets are back). The fans in Canada really enjoy hockey. They embrace it. The make it that much more enjoyable to come to the rink.