A boat owned by the family of Winnipeg-born Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is going up on the auction block for a worthwhile cause.
The 1935 Cossey Replica boat will be auctioned off by Adesa Auctions on Tuesday, with proceeds benefiting Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, as part of their Bids for Kids program. Funds raised will support the organization’s Come One-Come all Gala.
The boat packs a 250 horsepower 327 Chevy V8 engine with leather upholstery, and is trimmed with rare chrome hardware.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed Kyle Connor to a three-year, two-way NHL entry-level contract beginning in 2016-17.
The contract, worth an average $1.77 million annually, will see the 19-year-old 2015 first-round pick leave the University of Michigan. During his freshman year, Connor amassed an NCAA-leading 71 points (35G, 36A) in 38 games.
He finished the season on a 27-game point streak leading the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship.
WINNIPEG – Chris Thorburn did his part to give himself and Winnipeg Jets fans a good memory of the team’s last home game of the season.
The fan favourite ended a 47-game goal-scoring drought as the Jets (32-39-8) dropped the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Sunday.
Fans gave the playoff-less team a standing ovation with shouts of “Go Jets Go” during the final minute of the game at MTS Centre and the players raised their sticks to the crowd after the final buzzer.
WINNIPEG – Artemi Panarin keeps finding ways to make a huge impact.
The NHL rookie scoring leader forced overtime with his second goal of the game, then assisted on Brent Seabrook’s game-winner as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Friday.
Panarin, who finished the night with four points and leads all rookies in goals (27) and assists (41), continues to benefit from playing with linemate Patrick Kane, who leads all NHL players with 96 points.
“That line’s dangerous,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “They have a pretty good idea where the other guy is going to end up. They find lanes and seams like they did on the power play and on 5-on-5. They get through some nights and their finish is excellent.”
Seabrook’s winner came 1:02 into overtime in a game that saw four lead changes.
WINNIPEG – Alex Chiasson pulled the Ottawa Senators out of their four-game losing streak, but it came too late to save their playoff hopes.
Although Ottawa edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 to snap their skid, the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Captials on Wednesday night mathematically eliminated the Senators from the post-season race. It’s the first time since 1970 no Canadian teams have made the NHL playoffs.
Chiasson jumped on a loose puck — a deflected pass that changed direction off Mark Scheifele’s skate in front of the Jets net — and his shot beat Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson less than two minutes after the Jets tied the game 1-1.
“It was a lucky bounce there,” Chiasson said of his eighth goal of the season. “Good forecheck by (Ryan) Dzingel. It kind of bounced on my stick and it was nice to get rewarded.”