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.
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.
So, we’re done with three-down football until June, and I’m not that crazy about the No Fun League (NFL). What is a dedicated couch potato to do? There’s definitely no shortage of choices, and I have quietly become more of a hockey follower than ever before.
If I lived in Edmonton or Toronto, it would be less likely. Who knew I would end up having a pretty good team, the Winnipeg Jets, in my own community. It’s still very early, but Paul Maurice could be a candidate for coach of the year, as the team that used to be the Atlanta Thrashers may actually threaten to make the playoffs.
The Manitoba Bison women’s hockey team is facing off against “Made-in-Manitoba” alumni players on Saturday at the MTS Iceplex.
The exhibition game is part of the Project 100 festivities, celebrating 100 years of Hockey Manitoba. The weekend brings together approximately 1,000 girls in celebration of the tremendous growth and development of female hockey.