Winnipeg Jets sign draft pick Leon Gawanke

The Winnipeg Jets and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff started off what will be a busy summer by signing one of their prospects.The Jets inked defenceman Leon Gawanke to a three-year entry level contract. It will pay him an average of $810,000 US per season.READ MORE: St. James Civic Centre rink may be renamed for local hockey legendStory continues belowGawanke, 19, played the last three seasons with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The German-born product was third in league scoring among defenceman last season. He registered 57 points in 62…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, May 10

Gooooooood Morning!Story continues belowA third period scoring binge by the Boston Bruins allowed them to win Game One of the NHL East Final, by downing Carolina 5-2. A pair of early powerplay goals in the final frame by Marcus Johannson and Patrice Bergeron just 28 seconds apart, erased a 2-1 Hurricanes lead, and put a halt to Carolina’s six game post-season winning streak. None of that might have happened though, had Brad Marchand not stepped in and prevented team mate Connor Clifton from taking a reaction penalty that would have…

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St. James Civic Centre rink may be renamed for local hockey legend

An iconic St. James arena may soon be renamed for one of the neighbourhood’s most famous sons.St. James Coun. Scott Gillingham is pushing for the arena at the St. James Civic Centre to be named after Ab McDonald – the first-ever captain of the Winnipeg Jets, as well as a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.The Winnipeg-born hockey star lived in St. James from 1967 until his death in 2018 at age 82.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets’ first goal-scorer Alvin ‘Ab’ Brian McDonald diesThe change would…

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NHL ignoring evidence about concussions says Winnipeg doctor-turned-MP

A Winnipeg member of Parliament (MP) says a Parliamentary committee’s meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman Wednesday on the issue of concussions in hockey didn’t fill him with confidence that the topic is being properly addressed.Story continues belowDoug Eyolfson, MP for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, is also a physician, and he said his takeaway from Bettman’s testimony before the committee was that the commissioner isn’t considering the scientific evidence about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).READ MORE: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman balks at idea of banning head contact“He’s got some very strong opinions and…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Tuesday, April 30

Gooooooooddddd MorningThe Canadian Football League and the Players Association returned to the bargaining table in Toronto yesterday for the first time in nearly three weeks. And following today’s negotiating session, there will be another “vague” update from PA Executive Director Brian Ramsay. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Quarterback Matt Nichols joined Christian Aumell on the 680 CJOB Sports Show last night and says a delayed start to training camp, and especially the season won’t serve anyone’s best interests.Story continues belowhttps://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/matt-nichols-on-cba.mp3In order for that to happen, an agreement will have to be reached…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Monday, April 29

Goooooooddddddd Morning.Whether it’s “The Storm Surge” celebrations — or carrying on like a “Bunch of Jerks” — it’s working for the Carolina Hurricanes. After being held scoreless for 40 minutes, Carolina came out firing, with goals less than a minute apart in the opening 65 seconds of the third period to erase an early deficit for a 2-1 win over the Islanders and a 2-0 series lead.Story continues belowAnd it didn’t help New York’s cause when a late second period goal by defenceman Devon Toews was disallowed because referees said…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, April 26

Good Morning from Bradenton, Fla.The Bruins and Blues drew first blood in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday Night, both winning by 3-2 scores over Dallas and Columbus respectively.Boston needed overtime to sneak past the Blue Jackets as Charlie Coyle scored the tying and winning goals, setting a career high for goals in a post season with his fourth and fifth of these playoffs, while becoming the 11th overtime hero this spring.And Vladimir Tarasenko pulled the trigger on the go ahead and winning goals for St. Louis…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Thursday, April 25

Good Morning from Winnipeg Blue Bomber free agent camp in Bradenton, Fla.The third and final session of the Blue Bombers free agent camp is just underway. And I noticed a few players leaving the field “somewhat gingerly” after yesterday afternoon’s second session. It will be interesting to see if it’s all hands on deck this morning.Ex-Dallas Cowboy Receiver Lucky Whitehead appeared to be fine — and says he arrived at camp ready to compete both physically and mentally.Story continues belowhttps://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/lucky-whitehead.mp3 And Quarterback Bryan Schor says he’s appreciative of the opportunity and…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Wednesday, April 24

Good Morning from Winnipeg Blue Bomber Free agent camp in Sarasota, Fla.Story continues belowThe home teams prevailed in a pair of Game 7’s last night in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. More on that in just a bit – but later this morning the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will hold the first of three workouts at their free agent mini camp here at the IMG Academy. And GM Kyle Walters says there is an expectation that about half of the 40 or so players — mostly receivers and defensive backs —…

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RAW: Winnipeg Jets Kevin Cheveldayoff Interview

April 23 2019 5:04pm Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff talks about the future of the team after their season recently came to an end. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if ( !gNews.Common.isIE && !gNews.Common.isTrident && gNews.Common.isFlash ) { var gnca_videoShareCallbackInterval = window.setInterval( function() { //console.log(‘ !!! gnca_shareVideoCallback…

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