Injured Winnipeg Jets showing steady recovery, coach says

Injured Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien took another step forward in his recovery on Monday.Byfuglien skated with the rest of his teammates wearing a non-contact jersey during their game-day morning skate.“He’s been able to do quite a bit off ice, which has been good, so he doesn’t feel far off it,” head coach Paul Maurice told reporters. “Dustin is one of those guys, for the most part, that could miss a couple of weeks, throw his gear on and you can’t tell.”Story continues belowOut with a lower-body injury, Byfuglien has…

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Jets winger Connor nets NHL First Star of the Week honours

Winnipeg Jets left winger Kyle Connor has been recognized by the National Hockey League as its first star for the week ending March 24.The 22-year-old American led the NHL with eight points – five goals and three assists – in only four games, including his first-ever NHL hat trick against the Nashville Predators March 23.Connor currently sits third in points on the Central Division-leading Jets, behind all-stars Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets blank Nashville Predators to clinch playoff spotThis year marks Connor’s second consecutive season with 30…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefings for Monday, March 25

Gooooooooodddddd Morning!Story continues belowU of M Bison Receiver Shai Ross was not included among the top 20 prospects in the September or December Scouting Bureau rankings for the 2019 CFL Draft. But the Dakota Collegiate Grad followed up his dominating performance at the March 11 Western Combine in Edmonton by winning two events, and finishing second in two others at the league’s National Combine which wrapped up in Toronto yesterday. Ross was first in the Short Shuttle (4.08) and Broad Jump events (11’05.5″), and was second in the Three Cone…

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NHL game to be broadcast live in Cree from Winnipeg

Sunday night when the Carolina Hurricanes are in Montreal to take on the Canadiens, people will be able to enjoy the broadcast in a different way.It’ll be the first time in history that an NHL game will be televised in Plains Cree.“The whole concept of our language being at a venue where it’s going to be worldwide, the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes hockey game in Cree, with that world view that it comes with, that is completely off the hook,” said one of the game’s studio hosts, Earl…

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Winnipeg Jets blank Nashville Predators to clinch playoff spot

Kyle Connor’s new linemates were teasing the Winnipeg Jets forward about helping him score a third goal against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Then they made it a reality.Connor recorded his first career hat trick with nine seconds remaining in the third period as the Jets clinched a playoff spot with a 5-0 victory over the Predators. He also added one assist.“That whole play starts with my linemates,” Connor said of centre Kevin Hayes and right-winger Patrik Laine.Story continues below“We were kind of joking, saying they were looking for me…

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Stanley Cup winner headlines class of 2019 for Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019 includes an athlete, a builder and a team.Former NHLer Alf Pike, coach Harold Mauthe, and the 1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors will all be inducted this year.Pike will be inducted posthumously into the players’ category after he passed away in 2009. Pike won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1940. Nicknamed “The Embalmer,” Pike scored 42 goals with 77 assists in 234 career NHL games with the Rangers.Story continues belowPike also captured the Memorial Cup as a member of the…

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2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic tickets range from $125 to $395

The price of tickets for the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic that takes place in Regina Oct. 26 have been announced.An email to Winnipeg Jets season ticket holders states tickets for the Jets and Calgary Flames game will range from $124.50 to $394.50 including all other charges.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Jets to take on Calgary Flames as Tim Horton’s Classic comes to ReginaTickets will go on sale to the public on April 25 at 11 a.m. CT on Ticketmaster.Jets season ticket holders can get tickets starting April 1…

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Winnipeg’s Joel Hofer lands first pro contract with St. Louis Blues

Winnipeg’s Joel Hofer signed his first pro contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.The Blues have signed goalie Joel Hofer to a three-year entry-level deal. https://t.co/pLjdhfPa2s #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 21, 2019The Blues signed the goalie to a three-year entry-level deal.READ MORE: Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos signs NHL contract with Carolina HurricanesThe 18-year-old split time between the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and the Portland Winterhawks last season.In 30 games with the Broncos, Hofer had a 6-21-1 record with a 4.02 goals against average, and a .904…

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Maple Leafs sign former Winnipeg Jet Nic Petan to 2-year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Nic Petan to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of US$775,000.The Maple Leafs acquired the 23-year-old in a Feb. 25 trade deadline deal with the Winnipeg Jets.The native of Delta, B.C., has a goal in five games with the Maple Leafs.He had two assists in 13 games with Winnipeg.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Manitoba’s Brady Keeper signs first pro contract with Florida PanthersPetan has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 113 career NHL games with the Jets and Maple Leafs.…

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Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos signs NHL contract with Carolina Hurricanes

Brandon Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos signed his first NHL contract on Thursday.The Carolina Hurricanes announced the team has signed the Winnipeg forward to a three-year entry-level contract.The #Canes have signed forward Stelio Mattheos to a three-year, entry-level contract.📰 » https://t.co/wXHz8wMIiU pic.twitter.com/SUDyFXNnyS— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) March 21, 2019The deal will kick in next season and will pay him $700,000 per season in the first two years of the contract. He’ll make $750,000 in the final year of his agreement if he’s in the NHL. The contract calls for him to…

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