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The Runway Blog
POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.24.2016 / 12:11 PM CT
By Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway
As NHL players continue off-season training in preparation for another run at the Stanley Cup, a select few will have a different trophy in their sights next month.

The World Cup of Hockey returns for the first time in 20 years this September, and a total of seven Winnipeg Jets players will take to the ice in the tournament, with an additional two heading to the event in staff roles.

Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler will suit up for USA, Ondrej Pavelec will wear the colours of the Czech Republic, Patrik Laine will represent Finland, while Mark Scheifele, Connor Hellebuyck, and Jacob Trouba will play for North America.

Team Europe will also have representation from the Winnipeg Jets, with Paul Maurice serving as an assistant coach to Ralph Krueger. Jason McMaster, Winnipeg’s Equipment Manager, will have the same title with Europe as well.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.29.2016 / 11:01 AM CT
By Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway


Early in the 2015-2016 season, Dustin Byfuglien would occasionally be asked about his contract status with the Winnipeg Jets.

All those questions stopped on Feb. 8, 2016.

That was the day the big defenseman signed a five-year extension with the Jets. The move was popular not only with the fans, but with his teammates as well. Byfuglien was mauled by his teammates in the neutral zone at Scottrade Center in St. Louis when head coach Paul Maurice announced the news.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.29.2016 / 10:48 AM CT
By Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway


Speed, leadership, and work ethic. Those are just three words that come to the mind of Winnipeg Jets fans when they think of forward Blake Wheeler.

He showed plenty of that on the ice in the 2015-2016 season, even though the team didn’t achieve its goal of reaching the post season. Wheeler said many times as the number of regular season games dwindled that there would be time for reflection on his personal stats.

Perhaps this can be that time.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.27.2016 / 10:47 AM CT
By Mitch Peacock - Manitoba Moose / The Runway


Defenceman Jan Kostalek was selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft and did nothing but impress as a junior with Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.

In fact, in his final season with the Oceanic he had 43 regular season points in 57 games before putting up 21 points in 20 playoff contests as Rimouski won the league title and went on to compete at the Memorial Cup.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.22.2016 / 2:52 PM CT
By Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway
Seven young goaltenders in the Rising Stars Camp at MTS Iceplex thought they were in for another day of learning with Andy Kollar and his team of instructors.

But this was no ordinary day.

Joining the netminders (all between the ages of eight and twelve) was none other than Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson.

“Obviously it’s one of those experiences where it’s nice to be able to give back and be on the ice with the kids, and see how excited they do get when they see you,” Hutchinson said following the one-hour session. “I tried to help them out as much as I could.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.21.2016 / 11:25 AM CT
By Mitch Peacock - Manitoba Moose / The Runway


If you said Jets’ goalie prospect Jamie Phillips is a good student you’d be right, but you might need to be more specific.

That’s because Phillips, who signed with the Jets just before this summer’s development camp, is a dedicated learner on and off the ice.

This summer Phillips is wrapping up some course work at Michigan Tech University – oh, he already has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – but there’s more.

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POSTED ON Monday, 07.18.2016 / 5:00 PM CT
By Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway


Winnipeg Jets prospect Jack Roslovic is ready for his next challenge.

The 2015 first-round selection (25th overall) signed a three-year entry-level contract worth an average annual value of $1.1375M Monday, ending his NCAA career after one season with
the Miami (of Ohio) University RedHawks.

Roslovic, 19, will now attend his first NHL training camp in the fall, which will include the annual Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC.

“I’m very excited,” he said over the phone from his off-season home. “Being my first NHL camp, it’s going to be a great test for me to see how I match up with all the talent in the organization, and against other teams.”

Because he was drafted out of the USHL, Roslovic can spend the 2016-17 season with either the Jets, Manitoba Moose or the Memorial Cup-champion London Knights, who traded for his rights in June.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.8.2016 / 7:00 PM CT
By Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway


WINNIPEG
– Locked up, long term.

Mark Scheifele is here to stay.

The cornerstone centre signed an eight-year, $49 million contract ($6.125 million AAV) Friday, keeping him in Winnipeg through the 2023-24 season.

“It’s so exciting. I haven’t stopped smiling,” Scheifele, 23, said via conference call late Friday afternoon. “It’s an unbelievable organization. The way they treat players, the way I’ve been treated is (first class). I believe in the organization, I believe in the players and I believe in the prospects. It’s an honour for me, and that's what made it such an easy choice. I’m so honoured and so unbelievably happy.”

General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff called it a “monumental day” for the Jets and the city of Winnipeg, reflecting back to the 2011 draft when Scheifele was chosen as the franchise’s first pick after relocating from Atlanta.

“The comments that were made in our draft room and by our scouts, and the anticipation of our entire market… It was a monumental moment then and this is a monumental moment right now,” Cheveldayoff said.

“He wanted to be a Jet. That was first and foremost in his mind.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.7.2016 / 4:55 PM CT
By Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway


WINNIPEG
– ‘Four more years!’

Mathieu Perreault and the Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms Thursday on a four-year, $16.5M ($4.125M AAV) contract extension, keeping the versatile forward in Winnipeg through his 33rd birthday.

“Mathieu has found his place. He’s found his home,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “He’s excited. He fits. He’s played the best hockey of his career here. …When the fans come and watch him, and the players on the bench, they all appreciate his tenacity. For not a big guy, he plays with a big heart. We’re fortunate, and real pleased he picked us again.”

A few weeks ago at the NHL Draft, General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said there was mutual interest to get a deal done, and that it was becoming one of his top off-season priorities.

“His game is an infectious game,” Cheveldayoff said. He’s a guy that likes to have the puck on his stick, can make plays, he’s good on the power play, can play different positions…

“It’s exciting news for our franchise.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.7.2016 / 4:00 PM CT
By Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) - WinnipegJets.com / The Runway


WINNIPEG --
This was the first year that Winnipeg Jets development camp had two scrimmages during the week, and Logan Stanley made sure to make his final skate at MTS Iceplex count before heading home to train.

Stanley scored two beautiful goals during today’s game, helping Team Blue to a 6-4 win over Team White. For Stanley, it was a sign of the comfort that had been growing all week.

“I think I was a little bit nervous when I came out for the first practice and the stands were full of fans,” said the 6’7 defenseman, who scored five goals with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires this season. “It’s been an awesome week and the nerves definitely went down as it went on.”

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