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Winnipeg Jets agree to terms with Kevin Cheveldayoff on contract extension

Wednesday, 18.09.2013 / 10:43 AM / News Articles
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Winnipeg Jets agree to terms with Kevin Cheveldayoff on contract extension

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce today they have agreed to terms with General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff on a contract extension.

"One of the biggest parts of our plan is having its future in the hands of Kevin Cheveldayoff," Mark Chipman told the Winnipeg media Wednesday. "I also believe that the fans of our organization are deserving of knowing where we're going and how we're going to get there. They invest considerably in what we're about.

"I cannot tell you how much confidence I have in Kevin's abilities. He fit in seamlessly with our entire organization. I feel like we've been working together for far more than the last couple of years. It feels like he has been a part of what we've been doing here forever.

Cheveldayoff enters his third season as General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets after being named to the position on June 8, 2011. Last season, the Jets earned a 24-21-3 record during the shortened season and a 0.531 winning percentage. In Cheveldayoff’s two seasons with the team, the Jets have earned an overall record of 61-56-13 and a 0.519 winning percentage.

Prior to his time in Winnipeg, Cheveldayoff spent two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks serving in the role of Assistant General Manager/Senior Director, Hockey Operations. During Cheveldayoff’s tenure, the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

Before joining the Blackhawks in 2009, the Blaine Lake, SK native spent the previous 12 seasons as the General Manager of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, guiding the franchise to four league championships, which included the 2002 and 2008 AHL Calder Cup championships and 1998 and 2000 IHL Turner Cup championships. Overall, Cheveldayoff has been a part of seven league championships during his 15-year management career, which includes two Turner Cups in three seasons as the Assistant Vice- President of Hockey Operations and Assistant Coach for the Denver and Utah Grizzlies.

Cheveldayoff was the architect of 12 Wolves teams that compiled a 0.615 regular-season winning percentage (544-320-114) and 10 postseason berths from 1997 to 2009. Eight of those clubs reached the 100-point mark during the regular season while earning four division titles and six postseason conference championships.

Originally drafted by the New York Islanders with their first pick (16th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Cheveldayoff began his career in the AHL with the Capital District Islanders, serving as the alternate captain from 1991 to 1993. He held the same role with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1993-94, earning the team’s “Unsung Hero Award” after racking up a career-high 216 penalty minutes in 73 games. Known as a defensive defenceman during his playing days, a knee injury cut his professional career short after five seasons.

Cheveldayoff spent four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL where he played in 214 games and collecting 81 points (12g, 69a) as well as 759 penalty minutes.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 60 38 18 4 188 151 80
4 CHI 61 36 20 5 180 146 77
5 VAN 60 35 22 3 171 156 73
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9 MIN 60 31 22 7 169 158 69
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11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 61 20 34 7 134 206 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 62 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 62 20 29 11 49
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 62 15 26 7 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 62 9 25 3 34
M. Frolik 62 13 18 2 31
D. Stafford 56 10 17 -18 27
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
J. Trouba 46 7 12 3 19
 
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M. Hutchinson 18 7 4 .918 2.35
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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