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Habs to Visit Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic as NHL Unveils Outdoor Game Schedule

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two years after the massive success at Michigan Stadium, the Montreal Canadiens will become the second Canadian NHL team to take part in a Winter Classic.

The Canadiens will visit the Boston Bruins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day 2016, taking hockey’s oldest rivalry outside.

“It was special in 2010 just to be there with the history behind Fenway Park and all that,” Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron said. “But playing Montreal outside at Foxborough, we’ll see if it beats it, but it’s definitely going to be something great.”

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Manitoba Bisons, Sask. Huskies Stir Up Prairie Rivalry

Mike Sirant
Manitoba Bison men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bison men’s hockey team is off to a comforting start in the second half of the 2014-15 season and they want to keep it that way.

The Herd (12-12-0) secured their playoff spot last weekend with a win over Regina, and gets ready to welcome the Saskatchewan Huskies to the city this weekend.

“We would like to get in fourth place, so that means we would host the first round of the playoffs,” head coach Mike Sirant said. “Home ice advantage is always a good thing to strive for, but how it is, we’re prepared to go in and do our best wherever we have to play against whomever.”

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Hutch Blanks Jackets as Jets Extend Win Streak

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Michael Hutchinson
Winnipeg Jets’ Zach Bogosian (44) and goaltender Michael Hutchinson defend Columbus Blue Jackets Jack Skille (10) in second period action at MTS Centre on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (JAMES CAREY LAUDER / FOR CHRISD.CA)
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Winnipeg Jets players celebrate Chris Thorburn’s second period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night at MTS Centre. (JAMES CAREY LAUDER / FOR CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets scored on their first two shots on goal Wednesday night, rolling to a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus’ only visit to MTS Centre this season.

Rookie netminder Michael Hutchinson showed flashes of brilliance in his 29-save night — recording his second shutout of the season — including 14 stops in a flurried opening 20 minutes.

“It’s the performance that we were looking for,” said Hutchinson, now 14-4-2 personally on the season. “Last couple games we’ve played a little bit out of our system and gave up a few more scoring chances than we’re used to. Tonight we just went back to the way we can play and we played solid defensively.”

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B.C. Minor Hockey League Warns ‘Abrasive’ Parents, Fans of Spectator Ban

By The Canadian Press

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Hockey parents react to a call during a game in St. Louis Park, Minn. Friday, March 1, 2013. A British Columbia minor hockey league is threatening to ban spectators if parents and other observers don’t start minding their manners. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Minnesota Public Radio, Jeffrey Thompson)

VICTORIA – A minor hockey league on Vancouver Island is warning parents that it will ban all spectators from the stands during games if they continue to verbally abuse referees, players and coaches.

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association president Jim Humphrey posted a letter to the group’s website last week pleading for parents to stop their “vindictiveness,” which he said has prompted some referees — typically teenagers — to quit.

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Byfuglien Buoyed by Marriage and Decent Move Back to Jets Defence

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Dustin Byfuglien
Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Byfuglien is enjoying a season that’s brought him praise from his teammates and accolades from others around the NHL. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – A few rare smiles crossed Dustin Byfuglien’s face as reporters crowded around him after practice Tuesday.

The Winnipeg Jets defenceman is enjoying a season that’s brought him accolades from the NHL and praise from his teammates and coach for being a “special” player.

The NHL’s first star of the week after collecting six points in four games, Byfuglien will take part in the league’s all-star game in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.

The recognition is coming during a season he says has him feeling more confident and settled in his personal and professional life.

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Blackhawks’ Carcillo Suspended 6 Games for Cross Check on Jets’ Perreault

By The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets' Mathieu Perreault lays injured after a cross check at the hands of Chicago Blackhawks left winger Daniel Carcillo during a game in Chicago on Friday, January 16, 2015. (SPORTSNET)
Winnipeg Jets’ Mathieu Perreault lays injured after a cross check at the hands of Chicago Blackhawks left winger Daniel Carcillo during a game in Chicago on Friday, January 16, 2015. (SPORTSNET)

NEW YORK – Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo has been suspended six games for cross-checking and injuring Jets centre Mathieu Perreault.

Carcillo cross-checked Perreault’s left arm after the whistle during Chicago’s game against Winnipeg on Friday.

A two-minute minor penalty was called on the play, but the NHL’s department of player safety said this warranted supplemental discipline because it was “not a hockey play” and came when Perreault should not have expected any contact.

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Winnipeg Jets Defenceman Byfuglien Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

By The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (33) drops Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (37) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Friday, December 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

NEW YORK – Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is the NHL’s first star of the week.

Byfuglien, 29, had three goals and three assists in helping Winnipeg win all four of its games last week. Byfuglien has 12 goals and 19 assists over 47 games this season.

Detroit’s Tomas Tatar is the second star of the week, registering five goals and two assists in leading the Red Wings to four straight victories. The 24-year-old native of Ilava, Slovakia, has 21 goals in 46 contests this season.

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Little Lifts Jets to 4-3 Shootout Victory

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Ondrej Pavelec
Arizona Coyotes #8 Tobias Rieger shoots on Winnipeg Jets goalie #31 Ondrej Pavelec in first period action at MTS Centre on Sunday, January 18, 2015. (JAMES CAREY LAUDER / FOR CHRISD.CA)
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Arizona Coyotes #28 Lauri Korpikoski battles for the puck against Winnipeg Jets #15 Matt Halischuk in the second period at MTS Centre on Sunday. (JAMES CAREY LAUDER / FOR CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Sunday was Bryan Little‘s night as the Winnipeg Jets’ leading goal-getter lit the lamp early in the first and then netted the only marker in the shootout to lift the Jets to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes at MTS Centre.

“There’s leadership right there,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of Little, who has been battling an undisclosed injury and has missed several practices and game-day skates during a hellacious stretch of seven games in 11 days (where the club has gone an impressive 5-1-1).

“That you would come to the game every night and think (Little) is feeling 100 per cent by the minutes (he’s playing), and knowing that he’s not practiced. His play has actually gotten stronger in this stretch. He was really good in the last three or four games.”

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Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney to Address Biz Community

The CEO of Hockey Canada and former NHL head coach Tom Renney will speak at a breakfast gathering of Manitoba business leaders later this month.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is bringing Renney to Winnipeg on Thursday, January 29.

“In the midst of the 100th anniversary celebrations of Hockey Manitoba, we are thrilled to have Mr. Renney address the business community of our province”, said Chamber president and CEO Chuck Davidson.

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Perreault Scores Four Goals to Lead Jets to Dominant Win Over Panthers

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Mathieu Perreault
Winnipeg Jets’ Mathieu Perreault (85) celebrates his fourth goal of the game against the Florida Panthers during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)
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Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Mathieu Perreault (85) congratulate each other after defeating the Florida Panthers during NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Mathieu Perreault said he got some lucky bounces.

Four of those bounces turned into goals on Tuesday, as the Winnipeg Jets trounced the Florida Panthers 8-2.

“Four goals, it’s something very special,” Perreault said. “Obviously, bounces were going my way.

“In the four goals, breakaways, (Michael) Frolik shoots it and it bounces right to me … I had a couple chances in the third, too, to get maybe five. It was one of those crazy nights.”

Perreault scored four goals with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League about five or six years ago, but it’s a different feeling in the NHL.

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