WINNIPEG – As Winnipeg Jets fans make their way to their seats and players prepare to stand on home ice for the national anthem, an announcement fills the downtown arena.
The message — believed to be a first for an NHL team — says the Jets play on Treaty 1 land which consists of “original territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.”
WINNIPEG — The stage was different Sunday, but for the Winnipeg Jets, the same struggles showed up.
Through five games this season, the Jets’ major offensive struggle has been on the power play. At the much-anticipated Heritage Classic, the man advantage did them in again, as two power play gaffes in the second period were the turning point in a 3-0 win for the Edmonton Oilers.
Winnipeg, now 2-for-19 on the power play this season, was given an opportunity midway through the second as Darnell Nurse sat for cross-checking. It quickly turned ugly, though, when Dustin Byfuglien coughed up the puck at the Oilers blue line, allowing a Mark Letestu breakaway that ended in an easy goal.
WINNIPEG — Eager members of the local and national media hoping to take a spin on the freshly-flooded NHL Heritage Classic rink were defeated by Mother Nature on Friday.
Scribes, reporters, and camera personnel put down their notepads and gear for a planned 45-minute skate at Investors Group Field. But light rain earlier in the afternoon softened the rink surface and had crews maintaining its condition for the weekend’s main festivities.
The man known as the Finnish Flash has received Winnipeg’s highest honour.
Teemu Selanne was bestowed with the key to the city by Mayor Brian Bowman during a ceremony Friday afternoon at MTS Centre.
Selanne arrived in Winnipeg Thursday night to a swarm of fans at James Richardson International Airport. The former Jet, who played nearly four seasons in Winnipeg up until 1995-96, is still adored in the city and had a chance to play against his former team a few years ago when the Anaheim Ducks came to town.