Better Know a Prospect – Mark Scheifele Edition

    To the casual hockey fan, Mark Scheifele was a surprise pick last June in Minnesota. Many Jets fans were probably hoping Ryan Strome would fall to 7th and when he didn’t they were most likely thinking Sean Couturier was the probable selection (I know I did). Many experts felt that Winnipeg went “of…

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10 Things the Jets have Given us in 2011

    10. Major-League City Status for Winnipeg: The author shyly admits his departure from Winnipeg in 1996 was fueled by the feeling that Winnipeg was becoming like another small town in Michigan where General Motors had closed a big manufacturing plant (see movie from that zany Michael Moore)…as in tumbleweeds! I say Tumbleweeds be…

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Cold War Echo

  (pic courtesy Dirty Dangle)   (Moscow native Andrey Osadchenko wanted to weigh in on the recent "Ovechkin on Steriods" controversy) If you read John Steigerwald’s column about Ovechkin’s alleged steroid use and you listened to him argue with Ryan Lambert on the radio show about it and your initial reaction wasn’t ‘Wow!’ you are…

Jets Lose in Shootout Despite Pavelec’s Brilliance

A number of years ago, when he was general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Brian Burke made an astute statement about the Stanley Cup playoffs. "We call them the Stanley Cup playoffs," said Burke, "because we can’t call them Goalie." Burke was being funny, but he was dead on. Without great goaltending you can’t win…

Weak Goaltending and the World Juniors Go Hand-in-Hand

The last several years have seen strong Canadian entries at the World Juniors. When it comes to the talent of their forwards and defensemen, Team Canada has access to riches unparalleled in any other country in the world. The situation is a little different in net, where the uncertain tandem of Mark Visentin and Scott…

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NATION RADIO – DECEMBER 17, 2011

  Lots of WJC talk this week on NationRadio with the annual tournament right around the corner. Among the other topics this week is Magnus Paajarvi being sent from the Oilers to their AHL affiliate, the 2011-12 Boston Bruins, Red Deer Rebels and OKC Barons. This is NationRadio.

Crowd Welcomes Teemu. Jets Outlast His Team.

It was a warm, wonderful welcome for former Winnipeg Jets hero, Teemu Selanne, at MTS Centre Saturday night. There was a feature on his career on the big video board. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he came out for his first shift. The fans even started playing this silly game in which…

Only in Winnipeg

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…

Unfrozen

  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…

The Problem With Mike Milbury

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…

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WJC: THE PHONE CALL

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…