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Bogosian Visits Classroom Winners of Recycling Challenge

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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian signs autographs for students at St. Ignatius School on Friday, April 11, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian was the guest of honour at St. Ignatius School on Friday to reward students for their recycling efforts.

Grade 6 students won the Recycle Everywhere 101 Classroom Recycling Challenge after collecting 3,000 beverage containers during a week in February.

Bogosian signed autographs and posed for photos with the kids during his brief visit. He’s currently nursing a back injury and won’t play in the final game of the season in Calgary tonight.

About 150 classrooms entered and had to submit their final tally of empty bottles, cartons and juice boxes collected, along with a creative picture demonstrating their work.

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Jets Fans Leave Final Home Game Happy

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Evander Kane - Winnipeg Jets

Boston Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson (30) stops Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) in NHL action at the MTS Centre on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom (39) checks Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell (11) at MTS Centre on Thursday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Local hockey fans are thirsty.

And while the Winnipeg Jets will miss the playoffs for a third-consecutive season since relocating from Atlanta, they provided their faithful with some genuine entertainment and a subtle quench in their final home game of the season Thursday night with a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

“Our fans have been great for us,” said veteran Jets forward and leading scorer Blake Wheeler. “We want to give them more. We want to get into the playoffs. We want to show them that there’s progress being made. We wanted to play hard for a lot of reasons tonight. One of the reasons was to leave a positive impact on our fan base going into next year.”

“They’d be pretty darn forgiving — as long as the effort is there,” said head coach Paul Maurice of the recently unfamiliar roars from the 15,004 in attendance at MTS Centre. “It’s the last home game, unfortunately, of the year. People that came to the game tonight saw an exciting game. Saw great goaltending at both ends… They saw their hockey team compete, give what they had.”

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Women in Hockey Spring Session Opening Tonight

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A spring hockey session for women wanting to enter the sport begins this evening.

Women’s Hockey Fundamentals is being held at Canlan Ice Sports and is a weekly one-hour session held every Tuesday until June 17.

“There are many women out there who have always wanted to learn how to play hockey, or even just improve their skating. So we offer sessions where women can learn alongside other women, in a really fun environment,” said Bryan Vincent of Canlan Ice Sports.

The session is open to any skill level for participants 16+. The cost is $209 and full hockey equipment is mandatory.

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Wild Blank Jets 1-0

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) shoots on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) in NHL action at MTS Centre, on Monday, April 7, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Evander Kane - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) and Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter (20) battle for the puck at MTS Centre on Monday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets, somewhat riddled with injuries and with their playoff dreams already dashed, fell back to 35-35-10 on the season with a 1-0 loss to the visiting Minnesota Wild on Monday night at MTS Centre.

The Central Division matchup once again saw a very defensive hockey game, barring one 6-4 Jets victory back on December 27. Minnesota improves to 4-1-0 against Winnipeg this season.

“Every time we’ve played these guys this year it’s been very similar styles,” said Jets forward Evander Kane in his first game since he was a healthy scratch on Saturday in Toronto. “There’s not a whole lot of scoring opportunities. Usually the shot totals are low. It was much the same tonight. We just weren’t able to generate enough offence to get a goal — at least to give ourselves a chance to win or tie the game.”

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Playoff Hopes Die as Jets Fall 4-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater (19) slams Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Paul Martin (7) into the boards in NHL action at MTS Centre on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Bryan Little - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) races away from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (14) at MTS Centre on Thursday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Mark it down at seven consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance for the Winnipeg Jets franchise, as the home side fell 4-2 to Sidney Crosby and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at MTS Centre.

Pittsburgh’s win clinches the Metropolitan Division title, as the Pens enter the playoffs with at least the No. 2-seed in the Eastern Conference. The Jets (and formerly Atlanta Thrashers), meanwhile, have not qualified for the NHL postseason since 2007 — their only appearance since the expansion franchise entered the NHL in 1999-2000.

Evander Kane has been a member of the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise since he was selected fourth-overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He sees little change in the big picture since he entered the league.

“It’s tough to see a difference when you’ve been in the same situation year after year,” said the 22-year-old. “But I do in some ways. But time will tell.”

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Referee Assaulted at Stonewall Hockey Game: RCMP

RCMP Crest LogoA hockey game in Stonewall was halted on Sunday after a reference was allegedly assaulted.

RCMP were called to the Stonewall Arena just before 4:30 p.m., where they say a referee may have been struck by a 14-year-old player, as well as by parents who were fighting in the stands. The incident happened during the last period of a minor hockey league championship game between Stonewall and Dog Creek First Nation.

There were no reported injuries and police defused the situation.

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Fans Thrilled by Juno Cup Charity Game

By Shawn Coates (@shawncoates)

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Former Winnipeg Jets player Perry Miller (99) checks Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk (15) at the Juno Cup at the MTS Iceplex on Friday, March 28, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Fans Don Muir (left) and James Earle enjoy the Juno Cup at the MTS Iceplex on Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — More than 1,200 people packed the MTS Iceplex Friday night to see former NHLers do battle with musicians on the ice in support of charity at the annual Juno Cup.

The Juno Awards weekend event is a celebrity hockey game featuring musicians and athletes in support of MusiCounts — Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.

James Earle was dressed in a large red poncho with the word ‘Canada’ across the front. A musician himself, Earle was thrilled to see all those taking part.

“I love seeing them all,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of the hockey players over the years and now I get to see some of the musicians. I’m a fan of hockey and I’m a fan of music, so this is great.”

Earle’s friend Don Muir came to the game wearing a Jets road jersey with ‘True North’ on the nameplate. He was also pleased with the event.

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Canadian Olympian Natalie Spooner (24) eludes Derrick Gottfried (4) of Harlequin at the Juno Cup. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

“I’m a big hockey fan and I like the local music scene in Winnipeg, so it’s a great event just to get everybody together.”

Earle felt the Juno Cup is important for the city.

“Events like this do a ton for Winnipeg and a lot for the musicians and MusiCounts. More kids need to get involved in music and get off of the video games.”

The NHL Greats won the game 10-9.

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Bisons Restructure Women’s Hockey Roster for 2014-15

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey program has recruited nine players for the 2014-15 season, announcing a round of new additions to the roster of Monday.

The recruiting class is the biggest change since head coach Jon Rempel has been at the helm, noting he tried to keep his scouting as local as possible, but acquired some national talent as well.

“We have a real mix of different kinds of players coming here, which is something we needed,” adding some solid out-of-province recruits will suit up with the Brown and Gold.

The Bisons have brought in Alexandra Anderson — just one of a handful of players coming from the Winnipeg Avros of the MFMHL. The 17-year-old defenceman completed the season with 25 points in 28 regular season games.

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Jets Players, Families Share Recipes in New Cookbook

Our Jets at HomeA new cookbook featuring the favourite recipes of Winnipeg Jets players and their wives will soon hit the shelves.

“Our Jets at Home” is a behind-the-scenes look into the kitchen, homes and cooking rituals of the Jets players and their families. Culinary expert Marisa Curatolo is the author of the book, which includes more than 50 recipes from the entire roster, with recipes such as Wheeler’s Turkey Black Bean Chili, Ladd’s Monster Cookies and Peluso’s BBQ Ribs.

The book sells for $29.95 and will be available at Jets Gear and TrueNorthShop.com beginning April 2.

Proceeds are going to the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

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Ward Grounds Jets, ‘Canes Win 3-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) eludes Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) at MTS Centre on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Jacob Trouba - Winnipeg Jets

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Andrej Sekera (4) and Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba (8) during first-period play at MTS Centre on Saturday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Jets race for the last Western Conference playoff spot has been bumpy, with as many ruts as those in Winnipeg’s streets. On Saturday night at MTS Centre, they ran full speed into another one — Cam Ward — and fell 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward made 35 saves, including one that will earn nods for the league’s best of the year in the first period – diving across his crease, he speared a point-blank Bryan Little shot with the end of his stick to keep the game scoreless. The save took the air out of the MTS Centre, as well as the players on the ice.

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Scopus Award Gala 2014