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Jets Sign Byfuglien to Five-Year Extension Deal

Dustin Byfuglien
Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) laughs after scoring from just inside centre ice against the Arizona Coyotes during second period NHL hockey action, in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension worth an average of $7.6 million annually.

The 30-year-old Roseau, Minnesota native has recorded 32 points (15G, 17A) so far this season while appearing in all 52 games and sits in a tie for second amongst all NHL defencemen with his 15 goals.

Byfuglien represented the Central Division at the 2016 all-star game, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

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Hurricanes Score Four Goals in First, Hold On to Beat Jets 5-3

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Phillip Di Giuseppe (34) celebrates his goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (30) as Jets’ Toby Enstrom (39) and Mathieu Perreault (85) look on during first period NHL action in Winnipeg on Friday, February 5, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG – Cam Ward admitted he was a little nervous getting back in net after missing six games with a concussion.

His Carolina Hurricanes teammates helped ease him in by racking up four goals on their first nine shots in a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

“Getting off to a 4-0 lead in the first period definitely helped relieve me,” said Ward, who made 33 saves. “I was a little anxious before.”

Andrej Nestrasil scored a pair of goals and Jordan Staal picked up a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes.

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Canada’s Goal Light: Budweiser Lighting Up the North Pole

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Budweiser is taking a large-scale Red Light to the North Pole to light up goals for Canada. (CNW GROUP / BUDWEISER)

Canada’s hockey goals will be seen and heard from atop the world this September when 2016 World Cup of Hockey gets underway.

Budweiser is introducing a 20-foot goal-synced Budweiser Red Light to be installed at the North Pole. The light is a much larger version of the light fans can buy themselves for $159, which sync up to your favourite team and go off whenever they score a goal.

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Tyler Seguin Scores Twice, Stars Down Jets 5-3

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG – Tyler Seguin took a couple final bites of pizza, quickly sipped from a bottle of water and then turned to reporters for a post-game interview.

The Dallas Stars centre seemed relaxed and casual after putting a sub-par month behind him by scoring a pair of goals in a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

“For me, mentally, I put January behind me during my time in Nashville (at the NHL all-star game),” said Seguin, who had two goals and one assist in 11 games in January.

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Rookie Nik Ehlers Scores Three Goals to Lift Jets Over Coyotes 5-2

By Darrin Bauming, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) laughs after scoring from just inside centre ice against the Arizona Coyotes during second period NHL hockey action, in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG – It was instant chemistry for Nikolaj Ehlers and his new linemates on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old scored his first-career hat trick in front of a raucous home crowd as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2.

New linemate Blake Wheeler drew assists on all of Ehlers’ goals, while defenceman Dustin Byfuglien struck twice — the second a 5-on-3 short-handed breakaway.

“It’s tough to find, and it doesn’t happen much,” said Ehlers of the connection between new linemates Mark Scheifele and Wheeler. “I think we all have great speed and we used that well today.”

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Dauphin Hockey Fans Toss Fake Kubasa During Ukrainian Night

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Hockey fans throw kubasa onto the ice as part of Ukrainian Festival Night at the Dauphin Kings hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2016. (YOUTUBE)

Some hockey fans in Dauphin on Saturday may have thrown out an arm after the inaugural Ukrainian Kubasa Toss.

The fun event at Credit Union Place was part of the Dauphin Kings’ Ukrainian Festival Night.

About 1,300 fans packed the arena, but didn’t all toss sausage onto the ice. Actually, none of them did. It’s against Ukrainian culture to throw food, so pieces of garden hose were placed into brown meat-wrapping paper to give the illusion.

Organizers sold the packages for $1 each, with the chance for fans to win prizes by throwing them into a washing machine at centre ice.

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Eric Comrie Replacing Hellebuyck in AHL All-Star Classic

Manitoba Moose goaltender Eric Comrie has been named to the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic.

The 20-year-old will replace goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who was originally named to the team but is currently playing with the Winnipeg Jets.

Comrie has appeared in 28 games for the Moose this season posting a 2.79 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. The Edmonton native is in his rookie season with the league, but leads all AHL goaltenders with 845 saves.

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Lee Stempniak Scores Twice, New Jersey Beats Winnipeg Jets 3-1

By Scott Billeck, The Canadian Press

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Dustin Byfuglien (33) reacts after scoring a late goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period Saturday at MTS Centre. (JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG – Lee Stempniak’s time in Winnipeg was short lived, but it still left an impression on the veteran.

Stempniak, who spent 18 games with the Jets last year after being acquired at the 2015 trade deadline, struck twice as his New Jersey Devils downed Winnipeg 3-1 on Saturday at the MTS Centre.

“It’s fun to be back. I enjoyed playing here,” Stempniak said. “(I’m) friends with a lot of the guys. (I’ve got) nothing but good memories and great things to say about the (Jets) organization.”

Winnipeg chose to move on from Stempniak in the off-season, even after announcing his willingness to sign. The 11-year veteran now has 14 goals and 36 points in 49 games with New Jersey.

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Maurice: Winnipeg Jets Not Desperate Despite 4-1Loss to Nashville Predators

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG – Paul Maurice doesn’t think the Winnipeg Jets are in desperate times.

With a 4-1 loss at home Thursday to the Nashville Predators, the Jets are 21-23-3 and their playoff hopes are dimming as they remain at the bottom of the NHL Central Division and six points out of a playoff spot.

“I don’t think desperate hockey has any sense to it,” the head coach said. “Urgency? Listen, I’m not sure that they didn’t play as hard as they could, but we could play a little smarter and we could pass the puck better. I know that.

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3-on-3 St. Boniface Ball Hockey Tourney Aiming to Raise $75K

Le Classique
Le Classique is February 5-6 at Whittier Park. (LECLASSIQUE.CA)

The largest outdoor 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament in western Canada has its sights set to raise $75,000 this year.

Le Classique runs February 5-6 at Whittier Park in St. Boniface and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Canadian CMV Foundation (Congenital Cytomegalovirus).

“Le Classique is really what started it all for our wonderful foundation. When Marc Foidart and I started this event four plus years ago, we knew we wanted to host a community event, but at the same time we knew we wanted to raise money for CMV research,” said Rob Tétrault, chair of the foundation.

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