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Hard Work Has Paid Off For Kyle Connor

from Nicholos J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Connor's journey hasn't been a straight line, but it all goes back to that garage mentality: Work hard to make the most of your talent. Love it so much it doesn't feel like work.

"He's always one of the hardest workers on the ice," said Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, who played with and against Connor growing up and trains with him in the offseason. "He's always giving it 100 percent, and it's no surprise. I wasn't really surprised when I [saw] him putting up 25, 30 goals a year. I think he's honestly pretty underrated throughout the League as a goal-scorer."

When Connor was little, his family lived in New Baltimore, Michigan. He'd Rollerblade in the cul-de-sac and play hockey in the unfinished basement.

Later, his family moved to a house on Blue Cloud Drive in Shelby Township, Michigan, perfect for a kid with his head in the clouds and a drive to play in the NHL. The lot was big enough for his father, Joe, to build a backyard rink, so he could come home from practice, turn on the lights and skate for hours outdoors. Sometimes he'd shoot on a cousin who played goalie.

"He was always busy doing stuff," said his mother, Kathy. "He was not a kid that would sit around on a Saturday afternoon."

His mother said he would shoot 100 pucks a day when he started working in the garage, breaking a window once, leaving marks on the concrete and cinderblocks. Joe Smaza, his coach then, said it was probably more like 500 pucks a day -- the first 100 as hard as possible to build strong hands, the next 100 to pick one upper corner, the next 100 to pick the other upper corner and so on, each shot with a purpose.

"I honestly felt that helped a lot with just having a quick release and just muscle memory and being able to shoot the puck like that," Connor said. "It's something where it's fun as well."

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The Night Before Christmas In Winnipeg

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city
Not a Jets player skating, oh what a pity.
The pandemic’s fourth wave shut hockey down early
The virus relentless and spreading so quickly.

One team, then another, so many affected
Postponements galore, with COVID detected.
Come back after Christmas, the message they’re sending
Is that enough time for a change in the trending?

Long lineups aplenty if you need to get tested
The anger out there will get someone arrested.
The timing is bad, with Saint Nick arriving
Just ask the two Jets, Copp and Vesalainen.

They’ll miss games next week, in quarantine waiting
Forced to stay home, with no celebrating.
One thing we’ve learned in this COVID hub-bub
It doesn’t play favourites or look at your pay stub.

One man will miss this latest intrusion
He made it quite clear, without any illusion.
After 26 years, he’d had enough coaching
Paul Maurice will be home, indefinitely resting.

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Connor Hellebuyck On The Olympics And The Pause

from TSN,

In a media availability on Tuesday, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck expressed disappointment at missing out on the Beijing Olympics and frustration with the NHL's impending holiday pause due to an uptick of COVID-19 cases.

While nothing has been formally announced by the NHL and NHLPA, the league and its players are widely expected to pull out of February's Olympics in the coming days, also due to the COVID situation.

A native of the Detroit area, Hellebuyck was expected to be one of the three goaltenders on Mike Sullivan's Team USA.

"I haven't heard it official yet, so I don't really have a reaction, but if the next one is in four years, I'll be 32," Hellebuyck said. "I know I'll still be playing my best hockey, but we'll see if it's the same story then. It was going to be an awesome opportunity to play, but I guess that's just what we have to deal with."

The 28-year-old backstop also called the league's current COVID pause through the holidays "overkill" and suggested the NFL is handling the pandemic better than the NHL is.

"I can't speak for everyone, but the feeling for myself is that it's a little overkill," Hellebuyck said. "You see leagues like the NFL, who are adapting and I think are doing things right. It sucks, but you know it's Christmastime, so we're enjoying the break and gonna use this as a little mental reset, see family and enjoy the holidays and really enjoy what we have."

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Paul Maurice Resigns In Winnipeg

 

added 1pm ET, Watch his press conference below.

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Video- Neal Pionk Suspended Two Games

Kneeing

 

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Fined and A Hearing Today For Neal Pionk

 

If you missed it last night, watch the Pionk hit below.

added 11:39am,

 

The Spezza incident is in the video below too.

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Videos- Tempers Flare Toronto/Winnipeg

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

A sequence of plays that starts with Neal Pionk kneeing Rasmus Sandin, Jason Spezza then retaliates and a scrum ensues on the following faceoff.

Two more incidents below.

 

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What You May Have Missed Today

NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:27 of the third period. Morrissey was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.


NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 2:20 of the third period. Domi was assessed a double-minor penalty for roughing.


NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Ottawa Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier during NHL Game No. 302 in San Jose on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:03 of the third period.

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Video- Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff And Owner Mark Chipman Press Conference

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Kevin Cheveldayoff and owner Mark Chipman take questions from the media about the NHL not handing out any punishment to the Winnipeg Jets GM.

Watch below, almost 70 minutes long.

added 7:02pm,

James Duthie and the TSN Hockey Insiders discuss their biggest takeaways from what Kevin Cheveldayoff had to say at his media availability in regards to Kyle Beach, how some owners have disapproved of how Gary Bettman and the NHL have handled the sexual assault allegations, and Donald Fehr's future as executive director of the NHLPA.

Watch at TSN.

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No Punishment For Kevin Cheveldayoff

NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2021) – After meeting today in person with Winnipeg Jets General Manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, the National Hockey League has concluded that Cheveldayoff was not responsible for the improper decisions made by the Chicago Blackhawks related to the Brad Aldrich matter in 2010, which decisions resulted in the Club’s delayed and inadequate response to a report of serious, inappropriate conduct as between Aldrich and Blackhawks’ prospect, Kyle Beach.

“While on some level, it would be easiest to paint everyone with any association to this terrible matter with the same broad brush, I believe that fundamental fairness requires a more in-depth analysis of the role of each person,” said Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Kevin Cheveldayoff was not a member of the Blackhawks senior leadership team in 2010, and I cannot, therefore, assign to him responsibility for the Club’s actions, or inactions. He provided a full account of his degree of involvement in the matter, which was limited exclusively to his attendance at a single meeting, and I found him to be extremely forthcoming and credible in our discussion.”

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