JGD 82: Last Hurrah

Kevin McCartney
April 11 2014 04:16PM

It's been a frustrating season for Jets fans. A confounded coach and the league's worst starting netminder are all that stood in the way of hosting playoff hockey at the MTS Centre. Again. The lines were maddening, the AHL call-ups confusing, and the injuries seemingly ill-timed. And James Wright never did get that first goal of the year. Aww shucks.

But it's always hard to say goodbye to another season of Jets hockey. Just five months until training camp.

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Hockey's Forward Linkages: The predicted failure of the Leafs in perspective

Kevin McCartney
April 09 2014 03:35PM

WPG at PHX

Photo by Shahid Bhinder

The hockey world is in spasm at the moment. It is moving in many directions at once, with those invested in any given direction actively claiming theirs should be called ‘forward.’ It can feel at times as though movements are connected - that the future of violence in hockey, for instance, rests within the larger presumed paradigm shift from positional, body-focused hockey to possession-based, puck-focused hockey. More often than not, however, those connections are more personal than real, hanging together by the nature of having electrified meat to do our thinking.

In fact, insofar as a paradigm shift is underway at all (we’ll unpack that later), it’s neither clear which analytics will change how the game is played, nor what will happen to the honoured method of personal accounts to evaluate players. More prominently, we can’t know what hockey will look like for our children or grandchildren. It’s not the coordinated movement of a dance troupe of Excel users. It’s a spasm.  

In these moments, it’s important to study the process of change: how we get from here to there.

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Bittersweet Goodbye

Wheelerj28
April 09 2014 11:20AM

My tenth season as the in-game announcer for the Winnipeg Jets (and Manitoba Moose) under the True North banner; tonights game will be my last.  Tonight marks the end of a journey that I began shortly after I moved the city of Winnipeg.  I was doing the ring announcing for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Lalonde vs. Hill at (then) Canwest Park.  I was approached by Kyle Balharry to audition for the vacant PA announcers job for the upcoming Manitoba Moose hockey season.  After losing out to Jay Richardson, the current PA announcer, I had asked if they were holding auditions for their in-game announcer.  I was informed that there was no in-game announcer due to budget restraints, and that they use their current ‘Moosekateers’ to do the contesting.  I offered my services for free, as I had done so for the Lloydminster Blazers of the AJHL and the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL in years past.

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Jetstream Podcast Ep 26: Keep Kane

Travis Hrubeniuk
April 07 2014 08:13AM

Kane

On this week's episode, the guys run through Kane's busy week, pick our biggest disappointments and surprises of the season, and begin our donation campaign to buyout Pav.  All that, plus a few awesome questions from our listeners!

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Game 77 @ Phoenix: Scoring Chances & Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
April 02 2014 10:39PM

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Coming off of one of the most epic collapses in Jets 2.0 history, the Jets faced a Phoenix team that had the opportunity to mathematically knock them out of playoff position.  Yet somehow, with the odds stacked against them, the Jets pulled through and left the desert with a shootout win.

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