Longtime Winnipeg Jets superfan and war veteran Len "Kroppy" Kropioski has died at the age of 98.

"Kroppy" was a fixture at Jets games for several years, both before the team uprooted and left for Phoenix in 1996, and after the Atlanta Thrashers franchise returned as the Jets in 2011.

Kropioski, who fought in the Second World War, was often shown on the big screen during the national anthem at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. He was a season ticketholder with the team, and frequently commuted to games from his home in Kenora, Ont., a 2.5-hour drive away.

"Kroppy" was honoured in March, when he returned to the stands after a month-long absence due to illness. The in-arena announcer hailed him as the fan of the game, and fans in the stands gave him a standing ovation. "Kroppy" could be seen wiping tears from his eyes.

Fans honoured Kropioski on Wednesday with the hashtag #RIPKroppy.