September 12 2011 11:19PM
The debate has raged for centuries, are we products of genetics or does our environment dictate the future outcome? Pro sports has it’s own version of this argument. Is drafting more important or is development? Would Mark Messier have been a Hall of Famer had Edmonton not selected him in the 3rd round of the 1979 entry draft? Would he have become that same player in another organization? How about Ken Daneyko? What if he had been drafted by Winnipeg instead of Jim Kyte in 1982? Would he still have realized all of that potential?
September 12 2011 09:47PM
For the sake of argument, let's compare the original Winnipeg Jets who left in 1996 to our modern day 2011 Winnipeg Jets.
In 1996, the Jets had a young, up-and-coming team with the likes of Keith Tkachuk, Alexei Zhamnov, Teppo Numminen, and Nikolai Khabibulin during the beginning of their careers.
September 12 2011 04:57PM
After a summer where commercial matters like logos and sweater unveilings dominated NHL news in Winnipeg, the Jets' prospects take to the ice in Penticton this evening for their YoungStars opener in the first instance of actual hockey for the franchise. The youngsters head into this week coming off a couple of heavily attended practice sessions back here in the homeland, but tonight's tilt with the baby Sharks should be a proper chance to examine how much progress a few key players have made over the summer.
September 12 2011 10:52AM
The scene: After a hard-fought prospects game at one of the many preseason tournaments sprouting up across North America, a progressive coach brings a player into his office to discuss the fighting major the player earned the night before in the second period of a 5-1 hockey game.
"Oh, hey, it's good to see you showed up. I wanted to call you in here with regards to that fight that you had last night in our prospects game.
September 11 2011 09:59AM
Ten years ago today we were sitting at the breakfast table getting ready to match wits with a class at the U of A. The entire family was watching BBC News when they announced that a plane had accidentally crashed into the World Trade Center. As they cut to live footage and commentary, it was a matter of minutes until we saw the second plane crash into the second tower live.