WINNIPEG – It was as close to home as Cody McLeod will ever play a National Hockey League game, and he was only happy to oblige his family in attendance and those back home.
“It’s a small farming community,” said McLeod of his hometown Binscarth, Man., a four hour drive west from Winnipeg. McLeod’s father Pete, along with some friends, were at MTS Centre as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Jets 4-1 on Monday night.
“A lot of people back there are Jets fans so it’s good to beat them,” he said.
McLeod scored the winner, added and assist and even took the fists out of the drawer in the win.
WINNIPEG – Chris Thorburn wasn’t even supposed to be on the ice, yet he ended up with the game-winning goal.
Thorburn picked the pocket of Michael Stone and scored his first short-handed goal as a Jet at 11:09 of the third period to lift Winnipeg to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
“Chris does the same things whether he plays three minutes or he plays 15 minutes,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “We’ll take a 3-2 goal from anybody, but it’s really great when you can get a heart-and-soul guy, subs in on the penalty kill because we’ve got a (penalty) killer in the box, and he scores a goal like that — all effort.”
A humbled Thorburn added that he was fortunate on the play that led to his third goal of the season.
“I got lucky with the defenceman falling down and myself having more time than I thought I would have and I was able to sneak one by him,” said Thorburn. “The adrenaline was rushing. It seemed loud and I just got caught up in the moment. I’m just proud of our team the way we battled. There were times where things weren’t pretty.”
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.
A new Winnipeg Jets calendar is raising funds in support of Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.
Jets’ wives and girlfriends have created the charity calendar, featuring snapshots of players with the animals the shelter cares for. The calendars will be sold at Jets Gear stores beginning November 12.
The wives and girlfriends will also be on MTS Centre concourses selling the calendar for Jets home games on November 18, 21 and 23.
The Blue Jays are history, and my two Canadian football teams — the Riders and the Blue Bombers — are not worth talking about, so it’s time for couch potatoes to focus on hockey.
The Winnipeg Jets are off to a very promising start in what most regard as the toughest division in the NHL. There are some dazzling rookies on the ice this season, with most of the attention going to Connor McDavid of the Oilers. Just as exciting here in Winnipeg so far is 19-year-old Nikolaj Ehlers. He’s from Denmark, but it was his junior play in Quebec that prompted the Jets to make him their # 1 pick in the entry draft last year.
WINNIPEG – Milan Lucic could only smile when asked if he really scored the deciding goal in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Centre Tyler Toffoli went down the side of the ice with the puck and looked about to shoot it, but instead sent it across the front of the net and Lucic was credited with redirecting it past goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
But it may have gone in off Jets defenceman Tyler Myers’ stick with 4:41 left in regulation time to give the Kings the 2-1 lead.
WINNIPEG – Drew Stafford’s starting to become one of his coach’s most relied upon players.
Stafford’s second goal of the second period turned out to be the difference as the Winnipeg Jets held off a late Minnesota comeback and beat the Wild 5-4 on Sunday.
Stafford snapped a shot from the top of the face-off circle past goaltender Darcy Kuemper 51 seconds into the second period for a three-goal lead. Kuemper was replaced by Devan Dubnyk, who saw Stafford add his second of the game at the 4:34 mark of the period to make it 5-1 Winnipeg.