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Jets Journal: On-Ice Day 1

Three groups participate in on and off-ice training Saturday

Saturday, 17.09.2011 / 11:45 AM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
 
LET TRAINING CAMP BEGIN
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The time has finally come. After a long summer for players, staff and fans, the Winnipeg Jets officially kicked off training camp first thing Saturday morning. Hundreds of hockey enthusiasts packed the MTS Iceplex bright and early to cheer on their new team. GO JETS GO! chants echoed throughout the small practice facility creating an intense goosebump atmosphere.

"We're obviously not used to practicing in front of a crowd like that," said Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian."It's great that the fans are excited and we're excited, it's a good day today in Winnipeg."

Three groups of 20 players will participate in an hour and a half on-ice training session followed by a half hour off-ice workout. Players are tested in several different areas during the 90 minute session such as shooting, skating, speed, strength and hockey sense.

All three groups are made up of rookies and veterans to spread out the talent and give the coaches and management the chance to watch a variety of skill levels.

Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Nikolai Antropov were all part of the first 9:00 a.m group joined by rookies Levko Koper, Cody Sol, Zach Yuen and Sebastian Owuya.

"It feels good," Enstrom said about the warm fan welcome. "I come from a town back home where everybody lives for hockey and it's pretty much the same over here. I am really excited for this season coming up."

The second fleet of skaters included Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and netminder Chris Mason joined by rookies Mark Scheifele, Jason Gregoire and Ivan Telegin. All three participated in the Young Stars tournament in Penticton this past week.

"I can definitely feel the energy of the city," said Kane. "A lot of the players are going pretty hard out there, it was a good first practice. It's good to get used to the fans and see what they've been waiting for the whole summer."

"You can feel it, I've felt it for the last three weeks," Mason said of the energy and excitement. "To get on the ice, this is what we've all been waiting for."

The third and final group this afternoon included goaltender David Aebischer, Alex Burmistrov, Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart joined by rookies Zach Redmond, Carl Klingberg and Adam Lowry.

"It's good to get started finally," said Wheeler. "I think we've been itching for this ever since the move occurred. I think everyone was excited to finally get on the ice in front of these people and be a part of this organization. The fans here have been waiting for some time. We've been waiting a little bit of a shorter time since we heard of the move but the people here have been waiting for many many years to see this again so it was a pretty special day."

After a long first day of training camp and several hours on the ice for the coaching staff, the Jets will rest up and get back at it tomorrow morning to do it all over again at the MTS Centre. All three groups will skate again starting at 9:00a.m. The remainder of the Jets' training camp will be closed to the public.

The Jets' first exhibition game is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m at the MTS Centre. The Jets' roster will be split into two teams with one half staying in Winnipeg to take on half of the Columbus Blue Jackets while the other half will travel to Columbus to take on the Jackets second squad.


Author: Kristi Hennessy | winnipegjets.com

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01