Winnipeg Jets grounded in Duluth
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities.
Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the team also considered making it to the Twin Cities by road, but traveling the highways could be treacherous. The team practiced Saturday morning at Bell MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg, moving up both its practice and flight times hoping to beat the bad weather developing in the Twin Cities, but that obviously didn't happen.
While the wind whipped through the Monaco Air parking lot with ferocity and waves on Lake Superior provided quite the spectacle, the Twin Ports were spared most of the storm's wrath as of Saturday evening.
Game 3 of the Jets' best-of-seven NHL playoff series with the Minnesota Wild is set for 6 p.m. today at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, but with strong winds and periods of snow expected through the overnight, playing the game as scheduled could be a challenge. The Wild already canceled today's pre-game party due to the weather,
Michael Russo with "The Athletic" said the Jets were expected to fly out at 9 a.m. Sunday.