Only in Winnipeg

Nation World HQ
December 17 2011 01:18PM

It could have only happened in a small town on the prairies that had been deprived of the National Hockey League for 15 years. It started when more than 50 people met the Anaheim Ducks' bus at 2:40 a.m. in front of Winnipeg's Fairmont Hotel to get a glimpse -- and maybe even an autograph -- of a hockey player who hadn't played in Winnipeg for 15 years. Then, the Ducks' coaching staff decided that to avoid the oncoming media frenzy, it should call a 10:15 a.m. news conference just to appease the Winnipeg public's insatiable appetite to hear the words of just one player.

Think about this for a second: Teemu Selanne is a 41-year-old Ducks rightwinger who once played in Winnipeg. In fact, he played 3 1/2-seasons in the 'Peg between 1992-96. He played in only 231 regular season games, scored 147 goals and 306 points. He holds the Jets 1.0 records of 76 goals, 132 points, 24 power play goals 387 shots and five hat-tricks in a single season. But he hasn't played in Winnipeg for almost 15 years!

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Robert Cleave
December 17 2011 02:00AM


Time, as we're so often reminded, has the ability to repair us after we've been injured. Wounds heal, indignities fade into memory's recess, and we get on with our lives, more or less whole. That's the conceit that most of us live by, and when we face something that disappoints us, like a hockey player moving on from our favourite team, the world gets back on its axis after no more than a few flips of the calendar. 

That's how things work under normal circumstances, at least. Tonight, though, presents Winnipeggers with a chance to experience something decidely abnormal, as one of the city's beloved adopted sons returns for a farewell visit in what are some fairly improbable circumstances. 

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The Problem With Mike Milbury

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2011 02:49PM

Today, CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with an opposing player as he helped coach his son’s pee wee hockey team.

How serious the incident was is not entirely clear; but from the reports today it sounds like it’s fairly unexceptional hockey parent behaviour. That may change depending on what exactly Milbury said – the reports also indicate he was charged with uttering threats, after all – but everyone who has spent any amount of time around the game has seen, heard or at the very least read about the line-crossing actions of hyper-competitive hockey moms and dads.

The actions alone weren’t the reason the internet quickly filled with Mike Milbury jokes this morning.

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December 16 2011 11:45AM

In the first part of a special feature to the Nation Network, we are proud to introduce a guest columnist -  WJC Team Canada alumni Brian Sutherby. As a member of the 2002 Silver Medal winning Canadian team, he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. And throughout the 2012 WJC he will be sharing his thoughts on the tournament and memories from his run to the Finals. - WG

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Coach Claude's Stream of Consciousness After "Poor Game."

Nation World HQ
December 15 2011 09:33PM


Sometimes there is no sense trying to analyze things. Sometimes you just have to let the angry guy vent.  

Thursday night at MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Jets lost 1-0 to the Washington Capitals. With the loss, the Jets fell from 10th to 11th in the East and watched as their five-game home winning streak came to an end.

It was a 0-0 game when Alexander Ovechkin scored the winner, after the Jets turned over the puck, with one minute and 14 seconds left in regulation. It was a bitter loss for the Jets who were shut out for the third time this season.

The fact the Jets allowed Washington to beat them and then jump over them into seventh place in the East angered the Jets enough, but it was the way in which the Jets lost that drove head coach Claude Noel around the bend.

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