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.”
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.
Phillips is also well-versed in organic chemistry and will soon have the credits in place to be set for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) one day. Yes, the goalie may just take on medical school in the future.
Oh, and by the way, if he does – he’ll be following in some family members foot steps, including his mom Katherine, and his brother – who’s a current med student.
Phillip’s hockey and in-class work were so impressive he was named the WCHA’s Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year this spring.
Even with goals of maybe one day completing medical school, the 23 year-old insists his focus right now is on stopping pucks and he’s clearly a devoted student of that craft as well.
A finalist for top goalie in US college hockey two seasons ago, and a nominee again this past season, Phillips credits Michigan Tech goalie coaches Steven Shields, Dieter Kochan and Joe Shawhan for helping him refine his game over the past four years.
Phillips is also quick to point out Derek Bujan as a big influence. Phillips has worked with Bujan back near home in Hamilton, ON since the Jets’ hopeful was just 11-years-old. And the two have a great ability to communicate with each other allowing Phillips to be his best self in the net.
Put all that teaching together with a willing student and you get a talent worth watching.
Phillips is coming off a senior year that saw him post a 1.97 goals against average and a .922 save percentage, not to mention a fantastic 23-8-5 record for the Huskies who tied with Minnesota State for first in the Conference this past regular season.
In some respects the banner year was a culmination of all the work done over his college career – with consistency being the ultimate goal.
“In college it’s tough, with the school grind, you have to learn how to play your best every night because in college every night is like a game seven – the intensity’s through the roof, “ says Phillips. “There’s no off-nights. So, I was able to learn how to be consistent every night – play my best and give my team a chance to win.”
LOGJAM ON DEPTH CHART
As impressive as Phillips’ credentials are, he knows he’s now starting fresh, but isn’t afraid to keep working to see just how close to the head of the class he can get.
“I’m just trying to improve every day to be the best goalie that I can be and hopefully I can work my way up the depth chart,” said Phillips. “There’s no really pressure there for me. Obviously with the two guys in the NHL (Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson), and then Helly (Connor Hellebuyck) and Comrie they’re both really good goalies, but, I just have to perform my best and I know good things will happen.”
With Phillips’ track-record of success, there’s no reason to doubt he’s capable of scoring top marks at whatever he puts his mind to.
Winnipeg Jets prospect Jack Roslovic is ready for his 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.Read on...
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.”Read on...
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.”Read on...
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.”Read on...
WINNIPEG -- After the prospects worked overtime in Tuesday night’s scrimmage, any thoughts of an easier Wednesday practice went out the window when Paul Maurice stepped on the ice.
Maurice, along with assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Jamie Kompon, have been watching all the ice sessions this week. But their presence on the ice gave today’s 90-minute skate a different feel.
“Whenever he’s on the ice he’s obviously a great leader, not just coach. He has a great way with words,” said forward Brendan Lemieux. “He’s always reminding you what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it.”
That reason? Pace. Lemieux said Maurice’s reasoning for that was simple.
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets Development Camp continued Monday as Groups A and B took part in the on-ice testing component – a puck-less portion of camp that included the dreaded “beep test,” where a player's aerobic capacity is measured in a lengthy and multi-faceted test of endurance.
The players began testing at 9:45 and after chiselling the sheets for more than two hours at high speed, Day 2 came to exhausting end as team brass looked on.
For 2016 first-round pick Logan Stanley – winded like all the rest – he was just excited to be out there to show what he’s got.
“(The legs) are a little bit tired and a little bit sore, but it’s fun to do that with the guys,” he said. “It’s been a good week so far – pretty busy and the skate test was hard today – but I’m enjoying myself.”Read on...
Patrik Laine answered fan questions from Twitter during a small break in his day prior to a work out. Check it out!
WINNIPEG – Sometimes a young player signs his first NHL contract in a boardroom. Other times, a deal is reached on a phone that doesn’t even belong to the prospect signing the deal.
Patrik Laine’s experience was more like the former, as the second-overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft shook hands and put pen to paper with Kevin Cheveldayoff Sunday at MTS Iceplex.
“It’s quite awesome to sign my first NHL contract. I’ve always wanted to do that, and now I’ve done it. I’m proud of myself,” said Laine.
His three-year entry-level contract carries an AAV of $3.575 million, which includes $2.65 million in bonuses.Read on...