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Ryan Bonni Named Assistant Coach of Bisons’ Hockey

By Brian Schultz

Ryan Bonni

The University of Manitoba Bison men’s hockey team has named Ryan Bonni as their assistant coach.

Bonni, a former NHL and AHL player, joins the Herd ahead of the upcoming 2016-17 season.

The 37-year-old was a second round pick (34th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

“Ryan’s character, extensive playing and coaching hockey background, passion for the game, and commitment to helping our players develop and achieve their goals, makes him a perfect fit for the Bisons,” said head coach Mike Sirant. “I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from Ryan.”

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Winnipeg Jets Donating $100,000 to Relief Efforts in Fort McMurray

By The Canadian Press

Fort McMurray Fire
A wall of fire rages outside of Fort McMurray, Alta. Tuesday May 3, 2016 as a wildfire threatened the city. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Mary Anne Sexsmith-Segato)

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets announced Friday that they are donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alta.

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing shelter, food, accommodation and comfort.

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Jonathan Toews’ Family Boat Being Auctioned for Variety Manitoba

Jonathan Toews Boat

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.

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Winnipeg Jets Sign Michigan Star Kyle Connor

Kyle Connor
Michigan forward Kyle Connor (18) tries to position himself for a wraparound shot on Minnesota goalie Eric Schierhorn (37) during the Big Ten men’s hockey tournament championship game in St. Paul, Minn., on March 19, 2016. The Winnipeg Jets have signed forward Kyle Connor to a three-year, two-way entry-level contract with an average annual value of US$1.775 million.The 19-year-old Connor had an NCAA-leading 71 points (35 goals, 36 assists) in 38 games last season as a freshman at the University of Michigan. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP – Star Tribune, Aaron Lavinsky)
Kyle Connor
Kyle Connor signs his Winnipeg Jets contract as posted on Monday morning on Twitter.

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.

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Winnipeg Jets Hosting Oilers in Heritage Classic Game

Bill Daly
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announces the Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers is to be played October 23rd in Winnipeg as Jets Chairman Mark Chipman, Hockey Hall of Fame member Dale Hawerchuk and Oilers Entertainment Group Vice-Chairman Kevin Lowe listen in during a press conference in Winnipeg on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

NHL Heritage Classic 2016The NHL’s worst-kept secret is out of the bag. Winnipeg will host the league’s Heritage Classic game this fall.

The Jets will host the visiting Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field on Sunday, October 23.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and representatives from both teams made the announcement at MTS Centre Sunday afternoon.

Winnipeg’s outdoor hockey game supposed to be held this season, but had to be held over due to scheduling conflicts surrounding the 103rd Grey Cup.

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Winnipeg Jets Send Captain Andrew Ladd to Chicago Blackhawks in Package Deal

By The Canadian Press

Andrew Ladd
Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Ladd (16) warms up as the Jets prepare to play the Dallas Stars during NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Winnipeg Jets trade captain Andrew Ladd to Chicago Blackhawks. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in a multi-player deal.

Forward Matt Fraser and defenceman Jay Harrison are also being sent to Chicago. Both will report to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Winnipeg gets forward Marko Dano, the Blackhawks’ first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional pick in 2018.

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Jets Hosting Outdoor Heritage Classic in October: Report

Investors Group Field
Investors Group Field (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg appears set to host its first outdoor hockey game at Investors Group Field.

Sportsnet reported Saturday night that the Winnipeg Jets will host an NHL Heritage Classic game in October against the Edmonton Oilers.

The original plan was to have Winnipeg host a game last season, but a conflict with Grey Cup planning pushed that date back.

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KidSport Receives $10K Donation from Bobby Hull Foundation

Bobby Hull - Mark Scheifele
Bobby Hull and Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (KIDSPORT / HANDOUT)

Hockey legend Bobby Hull has made a $10,000 donation to KidSport Winnipeg on behalf of his foundation.

The cheque from the Bobby Hull Foundation was presented to Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele on Tuesday in St. Louis. Scheifele is a KidSport athlete ambassador.

“The Bobby Hull Foundation for Children is proud to support KidSport Winnipeg and to know that we are helping give kids the chance to participate in sports,” said Hull.

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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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Paul Maurice Named to Europe 2016 Coaching Staff

Paul Maurice
Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice has been named as an assistant coach for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Maurice is a Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native who was an assistant coach for Canada at the 2014 world championships. He joins already appointed Team Europe head coach Ralph Krueger, along with Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan and president/team leader Franz Reindl.

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