Four Manitoba football players are headed to the 2015 International Bowl series in Arlington, Texas.
The U-18 selections for Canada’s national team include four provincial athletes, including Mason Bennett (Winnipeg), Tristan Bredin (Anola, MB), Randall Sanderson (Winnipeg) and Zackary Williams (Winnipeg).
Chris Bochen, most recently a coach with the Winnipeg Rifles, will be the offensive line coach for the Canadian side.
WINNIPEG — Fans were the true winners of the 2014 Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition, as 12,045 people watched their hockey heroes take part in a series of fun events at MTS Centre Wednesday night.
The third annual event showcased various skills of the Jets players, who were divided into two squads — Team White and Team Blue. The players participated in five events: fastest skater, accuracy shooting, puck control relay, hardest shot and breakaway competition.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fired defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry on Wednesday.
“Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels,” said head coach Mike O’Shea in a statement. “The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren’t good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard.
Etcheverry, who was hired last February, previously served as a defensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan (2000, 2009, 2010), Ottawa (2004), B.C., (2001) and Toronto (1999).
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have re-signed defensive back Matt Bucknor through the 2016 season.
Bucknor, who started all 18 games in the defensive secondary for the Bombers last season, was to become a free agent in February.
The Windsor, Ont. native finished with 62 tackles, and one special teams tackle. He had five or more tackles in six games last season.
“We say this a lot, but a solid Canadian starter, whether it’s on offence or defence, are key parts of your team,” said Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters. “Matt came into training camp in 2014 and quickly established himself as player we can count on in the secondary.”
WINNIPEG — After a bit of a rocky start, the Winnipeg Jets decided to fire up their engines and blast the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 at MTS Centre on Tuesday night with a short second period burst.
Mark Scheifele notched a pair of goals — the equalizer and the insurance — as the Jets scored three times in a span of just 4:46, with Michael Frolik recording the game-winner shorthanded.
“I had a little bit of a feeling that it was going to be a good one — it turned out to be pretty good,” said Scheifele, who now has six goals on the season. “I felt good from the start, and I think our whole line felt good from the start. We were moving the puck well. We were moving our feet.”
“It’s been a few games we have played together. We get to practice together. We’re two smart guys — it seems like we’ve been seeing each other on the ice a lot,” said Scheifele’s line mate Mathieu Perreault.
Players from the Winnipeg Jets lifted the spirits of kids at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children on Monday afternoon.
Zach Bogosian, Mark Scheifele, Grant Clitsome, Adam Lowry, Ben Chiarot, and Julien Brouillette paid a holiday visit to pose for photos and sign autographs.
“It’s always fun, especially around the holidays,” Bogosian said of the appearance. “At the end of the day playing hockey is a great thing, but it’s the things that come along with it that… you like to set a good example for kids and be a role model in the community. Anytime you get a chance to spend time around the kids, it’s a lot of fun.”
WINNIPEG — Mistakes can prove costly when you’re facing elite competition, and it took the National Hockey League’s top club just 74 seconds from tying the game to taking a lead they would never relinquish as the Anaheim Ducks cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night at MTS Centre.
It is the first time in nine games the Jets (15-10-6) have not recorded at least a single point in the standings, while the Ducks (21-6-5) came away with a win on MTS Centre ice for the second time in just six days.
Winnipeg struck first with Bryan Little‘s team-leading 12th goal of the season, coming on the power play midway through the first.