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Jets Re-Sign Chris Thorburn to $3.6M Deal

By David Klassen

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Jets’ Chris Thorburn in action in a game against the Detroit Red Wings at MTS Centre last season. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Winnipeg Jets have inked forward Chris Thorburn to a three-year, $3.6 million contract.

Thorburn’s re-signing comes after he played in 55 games for the Jets last season, scoring two goals and earning 11 points and 93 penalty minutes.

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Jets Open Season October 9 in Phoenix

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets will open their fourth season as a born-again hockey franchise October 9 in Phoenix before a long five-game homestand at home.

The NHL released the 2014-15 regular season schedule on Sunday, outlining the Jets’ 82-game plan of opponents.

The first three games for Winnipeg will be on the road against Arizona, San Jose and Los Angeles. The aforementioned string of home games will be the longest of the season before the Jets round out October playing the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils on the road.

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Jets Open Pre-Season with Visiting Minnesota Wild

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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 FILE)

The Winnipeg Jets have released their seven-game pre-season schedule, which will see the Jets host the Minnesota Wild at MTS Centre on September 22 to preview the 2014-15 NHL season.

The Edmonton Oilers will play at MTS Centre two days later on September 24 before the Jets hit the road. The pre-season schedule is made up of four home games and three away.

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Jets Host NHL Entry Draft Party June 27

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets will host a 2014 NHL Entry Draft Party on Friday, June 27 at MTS Centre.

The party will be held on the event level in conjunction with the NHL’s 52nd annual Entry Draft happening June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

Doors will open to fans at 5 p.m. and Jets PA announcer Jay Richardson will host the event.

The live broadcast of TSN’s coverage of the draft will be shown on the four-sided MTS Centre score clock beginning at 6 p.m.

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Winnipeg Jets, Blue Bombers Flying High Economically

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Not coming as a surprise to virtually anybody, the Conference Board of Canada says Winnipeg is the ideal location to support professional sports franchises.

In a newly published book, Power Play: The Business Economics of Pro Sports, the Board says the competitive success of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jets are more favourable than they have been in at least two decades.

“Since the 1990s, Winnipeg has grown in population and wealth. The Canadian dollar is much stronger today, the operating environment in the two leagues have improved substantially, and both the Blue Bombers and the Jets have impressive new playing facilities,” said Glen Hodgson, senior vice-president and chief economist.

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Jets Sign Head Coach Paul Maurice to Four-Year Contract

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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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