Six members of the Winnipeg Jets were given a sneak peek at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Friday.
The Jets, along with media and friends of the museum, toured the $350 million, 260-square-foot facility at The Forks, which is expected to open sometime in 2014.
The six players, Grant Clitsome, Jim Slater, Anthony Peluso, Eric Tangradi, Mark Stuart, and James Wright, also took the time to greet construction workers and autograph hard hats and Jets gear.
Jonathan Paterson, the grandson of Izzy Asper, the Winnipeg media mogul who pioneered the idea for the museum, said it meant a lot to him to see the Jets touring what was his grandfather’s dream.
“Having the Jets here is representative of (all Winnipeggers),” said Paterson.
“It’s been a part of my family for as long as I can remember, and I’m studying human rights at the University of Winnipeg and just showing the importance of human rights education and celebrating our human rights in Canada, the importance of it can’t be overstated enough.”
While standing in the Stuart C. Clark Garden of Contemplation, a large open space that will house columns made of basalt from Mongolia, Jets left-winger Eric Tangradi said the museum is an amazing building for the city.
“Anytime the Jets can be a part of something special in the city, it’s a great thrill and a great honour,” he added.
Stuart Murray, president and CEO of the museum, said the base building is close to completion and the next step will be the addition of 47,000-square-feet of exhibition space.
Murray said an opening date will likely be announced in May.