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Jets End Losing Skid, Top Ottawa 2-1

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) tries to score on Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
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Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) jumps out of the way of Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) at MTS Centre on Tuesday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets got a little from their young guns and a little from their old hats on Tuesday night in front of 14,560 fans at MTS Centre, as they ended a three-game losing skid to win a pre-season bout over the Ottawa Senators, 2-1.

For Winnipeg, the game-winner was provided by 18-year-old Nik Ehlers, who got his first pre-season goal at 6:22 in the second period, on the receiving end of a beautiful cycle from fellow young guns Matt Halischuk and Nicolas Petan.

“It felt pretty good. I got the puck, put it in, and I had no idea how to celebrate,” said Ehlers. “I was just standing there and I was happy to score. It was amazing.”

“Those (young players) put so much stock in their offence. Most of them post huge numbers heading in, so that’s how they view themselves as hockey players,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

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Jets Drop to Oilers in Second Exhibition Tilt

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets forward TJ Galiardi (21) goes airborne in NHL action at MTS Centre against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.(SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
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Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson (34) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at MTS Centre. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Edmonton Oilers scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the second period to quickly erase an early Winnipeg lead to hand the Jets a 3-2 loss — their first of the preseason — in front of 14, 723 on Wednesday night at MTS Centre.

Sprung by a long stretch pass from Jets defenceman Will O’Neill late in the first, free agent acquisition TJ Galiardi walked in and buried it high past Oilers goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit to make it 1-0.

“It was a great pass,” said Galiardi of his breakaway feed. “I came off the bench late and we made some nice eye contact there for a second and I was happy he got it to me. It was a pretty good ‘sauce’ so I was lucky I batted it down.”

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Jets Triumph 2-1 Over Wild in Pre-Season Opener

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (not pictured) scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) while Andrew Ladd (16) watches in NHL action at MTS Centre on Monday, September 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
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Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets got their fourth season back in the Manitoba capital rolling Monday night with a 2-1 pre-season win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a somewhat spotty MTS Centre crowd.

As will likely be the case in all six of Winnipeg’s remaining exhibition games before the regular season begins on October 9 in Arizona, Monday’s matchup against a rookie-laden Wild roster was a chance to get a look at some of their own prospects working to make the big club, including Adam Lowry, Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan, Brendan Kitchton, and 2014 first-round draft pick Nik Ehlers.

“I had butterflies when I went on the ice,” said Ehlers of his first game in the pros. “When the crowd went crazy out there it was amazing. I think the game went pretty well. It’s the NHL — it’s different.”

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MTS Centre Undergoes $6M in Off-Season Renos

When the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice tonight for their first exhibition game of the 2014-15 NHL season, MTS Centre will look a little different for fans.

True North Sports and Entertainment has invested $6 million in renovations during the off-season.

Two new restaurants and lounges have been added — The Tower and Heroes — while expanding the capacity of the Observation Deck Bar & Buffet.

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Jets Back in the City to Begin Training Camp

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

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets are back in town and ready to hit the ice.

After a relaxing and fun-filled summer vacation for the team (if social media is any indication), the Jets will get back to the grind when training camp opens on Thursday.

The Jets will begin with medicals and physicals at MTS Centre before splitting their time between the arena and MTS Iceplex for on-ice sessions. Training sessions at the Iceplex are the only time when the public is allowed to observe from the stands.

Winnipeg will kick off the pre-season against the Minnesota Wild on Monday September 22 at MTS Centre at 7 p.m. CT.

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Jets to Hold Inaugural ‘Fan Fest’ at MTS Iceplex

Winnipeg Jets LogoWith the countdown to the 2014-15 NHL season ticking away, the Winnipeg Jets want to get fans ready with an inaugural Fan Fest.

The hockey club will host the outdoor event on Saturday, September 20 at MTS Iceplex.

The event includes access to Jets training camp sessions, live player and management interviews as well as a range of interactive games and activities. The first 5,000 fans on site will receive a free complimentary lunch.

In addition, the first 3,000 fans will have the opportunity to watch one of four Winnipeg Jets training camp sessions beginning at 9 a.m. with additional ice times commencing at 9:50 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. Admission to these sessions is limited to available seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans that do not get into one session will be able to line up for the ensuing one.

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‘TSN Jets’ Retired, Games to Be Aired on TSN3

TSN3The exclusive TV network for all-things Winnipeg Jets will fade to black for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season.

TSN and True North Sports & Entertainment have announced the network’s package of 60 regional Winnipeg Jets games to be carried on TSN3 instead of the subscription channel TSN Jets.

Bell Media is expanding its lineup with five national feeds branded TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 to debut August 25.

“We are thrilled to be a significant partner with TSN as they launch their exciting new feeds across the country,” said Mark Chipman, True North’s executive chairman.

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Paul Edmonds Named New Voice of the Winnipeg Jets

TSN 1290Veteran broadcaster Paul Edmonds is the new voice of the Winnipeg Jets on TSN 1290.

Edmonds will handle play-by-play duties of the station’s game day Jets coverage and join the rest of the broadcast crew.

Former ‘voice’ Brian Munz will remain at TSN 1290, stepping into the colour/analyst role for the 2014-15 NHL season. He will also contribute reports on all of the station’s weekday shows.

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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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