October 10, 2013 8:51 am

Hockey blog offers advice to Wild fans when Jets visit

The Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund, right, gets his stick under the arm of the Winnipeg Jets' Eric O'Dell (58) in a preseason game on Sept. 21 in St. Paul, Minn. Granlund got a penalty for hooking -- and plenty of boos from Jets fans -- on the play.

Tom Olmscheid / The Associate Press

WINNIPEG – A Minnesota hockey blogger is offering Wild fans advice on how to behave at when the Winnipeg Jets – and their supporters – visit the city on Thursday.

“Wild fans are getting outgunned by the several hundred (or possibly thousand) Jets fans that make their way down to St. Paul,” Giles Ferrell writes in his blog, Team of 18,001.

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The Jets and the Wild will meet more often now that they are both in the same division, and Thursday is their first game of the season.

Self-professed “hockey guy” and “beer drinker” Ferrell (is he sure he’s not from Winnipeg?) offers Wild fans a few pointed tips for improving their performance in the stand.

‘Don’t just sit there and do nothing. Yell when there is a hit. Cheer for a good save,” he writes. “And please for the love of got do not yell ‘SHOOOOOOT!’ when the Wild are on the power play.”

Ferrell concludes by imploring Wild fans not to give up their home-ice advantage by sitting and doing nothing at the game.

“We are the Team of 18,001, residing in the State of Hockey. Let’s freaking act like it.”

Contact via email, Ferrell admitted he has always been fascinated by Canada.

“I’m kind of convinced I’m half Canadian in some way,” he wrote.

If anyone’s looking for him on Thursday night, he’ll probably be the noisiest Wild fan in the building, he said.

“Knowing how many Jets fans will be at the game tonight, I’m not so sure about being the noisiest in general,” he added.

Even on Ferrell’s blog, Winnipeggers are making more noise than Minnesotans – the comments below all appear to be from Jets fans.

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