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The baby Jets were stymied by Oilers ‘tender Tyler Bunz, who turned away the 22 shots Winnipeg could muster up throughout three periods that didn’t bring nearly the same level of excitement as the 4-0 victory over the Sharks rookies/prospects. The Oilers dominated the Jets in most areas of the ice, although some valiant efforts in the dying minutes of the game were shut down singlehandedly by Bunz.
Anxious Winnipeggers couldn’t have asked for much more from their rookies and prospects at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton last night. All that was missing from the Jets’ near-perfect 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks prospects were the official uniforms (the team wore white modified practice jerseys).
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The first glimpse of the Winnipeg Jets’ return to the ice goes down at 7:30 Pacific time (9:30 Central), as the rookies/prospects take on the San Jose Sharks’ youngsters in Penticton at the Young Stars Tournament. To watch the game, visit the tournament’s site for live streaming.
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With the regular season home opener a month away, the Winnipeg Jets continue to tweak their roster, albeit with modest changes. Yesterday the club announced they’ve signed former Leafs/Canucks/Sharks (and Blues, although he never played a game for them) centre Kyle Wellwood to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Seems like a relatively safe pick-up for the Jets – Wellwood can surprise with bursts of speed and some pretty slick stickwork.
Military personnel, multiple Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft in the background, security checkpoints out the wazoo and members of the federal government on hand in the crowd – it had all the makings of an election campaign appearance or an announcement of new fighter jets for the military.
Instead, we got our hockey team’s jerseys. From the back of that massive Hercules strolled Nik Antropov, Andrew Ladd, Mark Stuart and Eric Fehr, looking like an awkward boy band as they emerged through the smoke and blue light to some heavy guitar riffage.
After yesterday’s big news about the TV/radio deal struck by True North Sports & Entertainment and Bell Media, there was definitely a buzz about this coming season - especially among those of us unable to score season tickets. Today comes the hangover - figuratively for fans and, it would seem, literally for Jets d-man Dustin Byfuglien.
As summer draws to a close, Winnipeggers are hungrier than ever for hockey. The chance to host the best in the game has Jets fans salivating – especially those lucky enough to get season tickets.
Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the Winnipeg Jets front these days - yes, there have been some minor goings-on, and in a hockey-starved town like this one any small development gets some big play. Personally, I’m don’t think I have the ability to hang on every tiny detail over the summer - it might actually drive me nuts. Until I start seeing some real Jets jerseys on some real Jets players, I’m going to keep enjoying the warm Winnipeg summer - the calm before the storm. We’ve waited fifteen years - what’s a couple more months?
Rumours are a-swirlin’ - is it true that Nikolay Zherdev wants to don a Winnipeg Jets jersey (whatever that might look like) next year? The former fourth overall pick (2003, Columbus Blue Jackets) is said to have a desire to play for the Jets, according to a tidbit out of Russia (article in Russian - Google translate this puppy).
Late Friday is typically when bad news is released, in hopes that it won’t have much traction over the weekend and will be forgotten/out of the news cycle by Monday. So I was initially surprised when it was announced that the Winnipeg Jets logo would be revealed at 4 p.m. CST last Friday. It made a lot more sense when I found out the logo was supposed to be released yesterday, but a grainy cell phone pic of the logo on a t-shirt started making the rounds on the Internet on Friday afternoon. True North decided to take control of the matter, and quickly rolled out the logo later that day. Winnipeggers responded by standing in line to hand over as much money as possible for as many Jets hats and shirts as they could carry.
I thought about firing off a blog the same day (or Saturday) with my reaction to the primary and secondary logos as well as the wordmark, but decided to let it all sink in for a bit instead. I picked up a hat and shirt on Saturday morning from a local sports shop (not the Jets Gear store in the MTS Centre, which had lineups out the door pretty much all weekend), and seeing the logo on an actual piece of clothing changed my opinion - at least on the primary logo.
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