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Prime Minister plans to attend Winnipeg Jets home opener

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a press conference offered along with Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla after their meeting at the presidential palace in San Jose, on August 11, 2011.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is planning to attend the reborn Winnipeg Jets opening game this fall.

Sources have told the Winnipeg Free Press the country's highest-profile hockey fan fully intends to be at the MTS Centre on Oct. 9, when the Jets play the Montreal Canadiens.

But it's possible Harper could be called away on last-minute political business.

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Winnipeg Jets spokesman Scott Brown couldn't confirm the prime minister's attendance but said "it's a good possibility."

The game will be the team's first regular-season NHL match in more than 15 years.

The original Jets franchise moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes after the 1996 season.

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