September 06 2013 11:37PM
Pretty lucky, us members of JetsNation are. This week marks the unofficial begining of the 2013-2014 NHL Season, as the Young Starts Prospect Tournament gets going in Penticton. It's a legitimate event on the NHL calender, one that is attended by Hockey Media heavyweights like TSN's Bob Mackenzie, amongst others. Also there, somewhat less understandably, is yours truly, as JetsNation boss Kevin McCartney (who's already there, that go-getter) and I descend on the Country's most hopping retirement community to catch some future NHL'ers.
I'm pretty excited as a) this means Hockey is back, b) my personal hell of a summer is over, and c) we'll get to relay to you a good look-see at the next wave of Winnipeg Jets. What other Jets blog out there can offer you this kind of coverage? Not a one! Unless some of them are indeed there, in which case, I will neither apologize nor acknowledge their existence.
September 05 2013 11:28AM
Photo by Tom Lube at Wikimedia
The annual Young Stars Tournament starts today in sunny Penticton, BC featuring the prospects and young pros of the Oilers, Flames, Jets, Canucks, and Sharks. It's a chance for teams to hold a competitive rookie camp, and a chance for us to see the quality of players and development systems we often wait years to evaluate.
So, of course, the Nations Network will be there! We'll be bringing you player and game reports, news and analysis, and all the pictures of me in sport coats you can handle.
Have a favourite prospect you'd like us to keep an eye on? You can let us know in the comments or through twitter. Jets Nation pulled the lucky straw to attend this year, so you can follow us and chat with us on twitter here:
- Jets Nation: @nhljetsnation
- Kevin McCartney: @kevinmccart
- Brett Martin: @brettmartinlive
You can also stream the games free through the NHL.com team sites. Below is the tournament schedule as well as a teaser and links for each team's roster.
September 02 2013 11:12AM
As lovers of hockey, we can be a bit obtuse about health. Every year we wait to hear the gruesome news of playoff pain heroically endured. Greg Campbell breaks his leg and finishes his shift, we salute him. Don Cherry. As men, well, we don't do much better with our own bodies. But the Canadian Cancer Society is meeting us half-way - teaching us to care for ourselves one testicle at a time.
September is more than the moment memories of last season's beer league glory smash against the reality of this season's beer gut shame. It's also Men's Cancer Health Awareness Month. Humbly at Jets Nation, we throw our support behind the Canadian Cancer Society's 'Nutiquette' campaign and hope you will share the video above far and wide.
Think it doesn't matter? Think again.
- Only 50% of men aged 15-29 have had a medical checkup in the last 12 months
- 77% don't know the symptoms of testicular cancer
- With information, 79% of people said they would start checking at least once a month
So watch, learn, sing-along, and check yourself. Your health is important. Who else is going to get drunk and shout about your epic OT winner in that 10pm Wednesday night game at the old Vimy? Literally no one else will do that.
August 30 2013 11:46AM
Well, to say it’s a quiet time for hockey fans is an understatement. TSN is replaying old IIHF highlights while their analysts suffer through parlour games of deduction aiming to prognosticate the final line-up of next year’s Olympic team and I’m sure even they are asking themselves, “Why can’t there be a new episode of Breaking Bad every night?”
It’s so quiet that the best thing that the Winnipeg Sun could come up with to fill space was an article about Michael Frolik and Ondrej Pavelec being childhood friends. I actually didn’t know that but the article failed to offer any detail about their childhoods beyond just being teammates so I, intrepid reporter that I am, decided to do a little digging.
August 30 2013 09:40AM
Positive vibes are coming out of MTS Centre lately and the latest two signings should have Jets fans excited for the future.
Not the future as in the 2013-14 season, mind you, but possibly for 2014-15 and beyond.
Two of their later round draft picks - JC Lipon (third round) and Brenden Kichton (seventh round) - were both signed to entry-level contracts early this week.
Surprising to me is the fact the Jets were able to land these two talented players when they did in the 2013 Entry Draft.