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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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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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App Developer Partners with Jets in Keeping Kids Safe Online

Meucci

A new messenger app designed to keep children safe while communicating online is the first of its kind to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Meucci allows kids to connect with live party events, game schedules and participate in an online club, but in a safe environment. The app is human-moderated and uses advanced chat monitoring tools to ensure children are communicating safely.

The Kelowna-developed app is being launched as a feature through the Winnipeg Jets, Club Jets App on March 8.

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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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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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Jets’ Wives, Girlfriends Create Pet Rescue Fundraising Calendar

Winnipeg Jets Calendar
Proceeds from the Winnipeg Jets calendar will go to support the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.

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.

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A Good Start, But the Jets’ Grind Has Just Begun

By Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck)

Ondrej Pavelec
Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) makes a tough glove save on a sharp angle shot late in the first period versus the St. Louis Blues’ with Toby Enstrom (39) in front of the net during NHL action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

First impressions always last the longest.

And it’s those impressions that have Winnipeg Jets fans curious to see what happens next and anticipating more of the same.

The Jets have started well, there’s no doubt. Their 7-4-1 record through 12 games is among the league’s best. In fact, they’d occupy either the first or second spots in any other division.

But alas, the Jets play in the league’s toughest — the Central Division — where they sit in the fifth spot and where good records are merely met with a nod of acknowledgement.

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