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Jets Sign Head Coach Paul Maurice to Four-Year Contract

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Paul Maurice (WINNIPEG JETS)

Paul Maurice will be the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets for at least the next four more years.

The hockey club agreed to terms with Maurice on Wednesday, who coached the Jets for the latter part of the 2013-14 NHL season.

The 47-year-old Sault Ste. Marie native joined the Jets on January 12 after taking over for Claude Noel, who the team relieved of his duties after a dismal start to the season.

During his three months with the Jets, Maurice accumulated an 18-12-5 record in 35 games. As a result, he has earned a career NHL coaching record of 478-469-172 after 1119 games between the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.

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Bogosian Visits Classroom Winners of Recycling Challenge

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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian signs autographs for students at St. Ignatius School on Friday, April 11, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian was the guest of honour at St. Ignatius School on Friday to reward students for their recycling efforts.

Grade 6 students won the Recycle Everywhere 101 Classroom Recycling Challenge after collecting 3,000 beverage containers during a week in February.

Bogosian signed autographs and posed for photos with the kids during his brief visit. He’s currently nursing a back injury and won’t play in the final game of the season in Calgary tonight.

About 150 classrooms entered and had to submit their final tally of empty bottles, cartons and juice boxes collected, along with a creative picture demonstrating their work.

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Jets Fans Leave Final Home Game Happy

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Boston Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson (30) stops Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) in NHL action at the MTS Centre on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom (39) checks Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell (11) at MTS Centre on Thursday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Local hockey fans are thirsty.

And while the Winnipeg Jets will miss the playoffs for a third-consecutive season since relocating from Atlanta, they provided their faithful with some genuine entertainment and a subtle quench in their final home game of the season Thursday night with a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

“Our fans have been great for us,” said veteran Jets forward and leading scorer Blake Wheeler. “We want to give them more. We want to get into the playoffs. We want to show them that there’s progress being made. We wanted to play hard for a lot of reasons tonight. One of the reasons was to leave a positive impact on our fan base going into next year.”

“They’d be pretty darn forgiving — as long as the effort is there,” said head coach Paul Maurice of the recently unfamiliar roars from the 15,004 in attendance at MTS Centre. “It’s the last home game, unfortunately, of the year. People that came to the game tonight saw an exciting game. Saw great goaltending at both ends… They saw their hockey team compete, give what they had.”

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Wild Blank Jets 1-0

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) shoots on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) in NHL action at MTS Centre, on Monday, April 7, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) and Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter (20) battle for the puck at MTS Centre on Monday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets, somewhat riddled with injuries and with their playoff dreams already dashed, fell back to 35-35-10 on the season with a 1-0 loss to the visiting Minnesota Wild on Monday night at MTS Centre.

The Central Division matchup once again saw a very defensive hockey game, barring one 6-4 Jets victory back on December 27. Minnesota improves to 4-1-0 against Winnipeg this season.

“Every time we’ve played these guys this year it’s been very similar styles,” said Jets forward Evander Kane in his first game since he was a healthy scratch on Saturday in Toronto. “There’s not a whole lot of scoring opportunities. Usually the shot totals are low. It was much the same tonight. We just weren’t able to generate enough offence to get a goal — at least to give ourselves a chance to win or tie the game.”

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Playoff Hopes Die as Jets Fall 4-2

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater (19) slams Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Paul Martin (7) into the boards in NHL action at MTS Centre on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) races away from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (14) at MTS Centre on Thursday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Mark it down at seven consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance for the Winnipeg Jets franchise, as the home side fell 4-2 to Sidney Crosby and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at MTS Centre.

Pittsburgh’s win clinches the Metropolitan Division title, as the Pens enter the playoffs with at least the No. 2-seed in the Eastern Conference. The Jets (and formerly Atlanta Thrashers), meanwhile, have not qualified for the NHL postseason since 2007 — their only appearance since the expansion franchise entered the NHL in 1999-2000.

Evander Kane has been a member of the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise since he was selected fourth-overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He sees little change in the big picture since he entered the league.

“It’s tough to see a difference when you’ve been in the same situation year after year,” said the 22-year-old. “But I do in some ways. But time will tell.”

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Jets Players, Families Share Recipes in New Cookbook

Our Jets at HomeA new cookbook featuring the favourite recipes of Winnipeg Jets players and their wives will soon hit the shelves.

“Our Jets at Home” is a behind-the-scenes look into the kitchen, homes and cooking rituals of the Jets players and their families. Culinary expert Marisa Curatolo is the author of the book, which includes more than 50 recipes from the entire roster, with recipes such as Wheeler’s Turkey Black Bean Chili, Ladd’s Monster Cookies and Peluso’s BBQ Ribs.

The book sells for $29.95 and will be available at Jets Gear and TrueNorthShop.com beginning April 2.

Proceeds are going to the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

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Ward Grounds Jets, ‘Canes Win 3-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) eludes Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) at MTS Centre on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Andrej Sekera (4) and Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba (8) during first-period play at MTS Centre on Saturday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Jets race for the last Western Conference playoff spot has been bumpy, with as many ruts as those in Winnipeg’s streets. On Saturday night at MTS Centre, they ran full speed into another one — Cam Ward — and fell 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward made 35 saves, including one that will earn nods for the league’s best of the year in the first period – diving across his crease, he speared a point-blank Bryan Little shot with the end of his stick to keep the game scoreless. The save took the air out of the MTS Centre, as well as the players on the ice.

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Wheeler Deals the Dagger in OT, Jets Win 5-4

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Bryan Little - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) and Colorado Avalanche forward Andre Benoit (61) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Evander Kane - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche at MTS Centre, on Wednesday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — For Blake Wheeler it had been nearly three weeks since his last goal. But Wednesday night not only ended his drought — the team’s leading scorer shattered it with a monster game-winner in overtime to gift-wrap the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at MTS Centre.

The unflappable handle by Wheeler in the Colorado zone in the second minute of extra time had the crowd begging for No. 26 to shoot.

“(Michael Frolik) and I had a two-on-one. At first I wanted to get it over to him. It’s been a tough go for me scoring goals,” said Wheeler of his OT-winner, his first in 10 games and his team-leading 24th of the season. “I was trying to find him and it just wasn’t there. I just kept holding on to it, waiting for something to open up. The shot wasn’t opening up. I saw, I think it was (Paul Postma) flying backdoor. I wanted to slide it over to him, and that wasn’t there. So I kept it a little bit longer, and I think on that little pump-fake to (Postma) the goalie kind of slid over and I looked up and saw that I had the net.”

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Jets Snap Skid With Offensive Outburst in 7-2 Win

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Michael Frolik - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) scores on Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the first period at MTS Centre on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (BRUCE FEDYCK / USA TODAY SPORTS)

Tobias Enstrom - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom (39) celebrates his goal at MTS Centre on Sunday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It has been tough going for the Winnipeg Jets as of late, but the home club re-ignited MTS Centre on Sunday night with an explosive 7-2 victory over the Dallas Stars, snapping their six-game losing streak and earning them their first win on home ice since February 27.

With 13 games remaining in their regular season, and the 31-29-9 club sitting four points out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot, the two clean points couldn’t have come at a better time. Dallas (32-24-11) holds that final playoff spot, and a loss to the Stars would have all but officially eliminated their post-season hopes.

“It’s been a tough road for us these last six,” said Blake Wheeler, who tied two single-game franchise records with four even-strength assists (and even-strength points). “(We were) highly motivated and pissed off, and just all the right things to be ready to go. We’ve got these guys again down the road and it’s going to be a really tough game. These guys are a proud group and a really, really good team. And we can’t expect anything like this next time. It’s going to be a really tough game.”

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Another Jets Loss, As Time Presses On

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Evander Kane - Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) eludes New York Rangers forward Brad Richards (19) at MTS Centre on Friday, March 14, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) stops New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider in NHL action on Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Two desperate teams entered MTS Centre Friday night with the NHL post-season quickly approaching, but the Winnipeg Jets — not for lack of effort — dropped their sixth-straight contest, 4-2 to the New York Rangers.

Rangers forward Carl Hagelin skated away with the hat trick, including the game-winner and the insurance marker.

“I thought we had momentum (at) 2-1. We were playing well,” said Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd of the Jets’ lead just 3:26 into the game. “I don’t think guys in here are giving up. I want to think that we’re trying as hard as we can to get this thing going in the right direction.”

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