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Away from the ice, Jets turn focus to fantasy football

Commissioner Wheeler oversees the league's operations

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

As intense as training camp has been for the Winnipeg Jets, there is a group of players who have found a way to separate from hockey.

Fantasy football.

Mark Scheifele broke down the 12 owners, which includes him.

"Litts (Bryan Little), Mysie (Tyler Myers), Copper (Andrew Copp), Koolie (Dmitri Kulikov), Troubs (Jacob Trouba), Mase (Steve Mason), Wheels (Blake Wheeler), Lows (Adam Lowry), Chiarot (Ben Chiarot), Morrissey (Josh Morrissey) and then (assistant equipment manager Mike Flaman)."

"Wheels is the Commissioner."

The Jets captain said he put the league together four or five years ago and it was just a fun way to get guys doing something together unrelated to hockey.

"It would be great if we could get the whole team to do it," said Wheeler. "Its kind of tough timing because you don't know exactly what the team is going to be at the beginning of the year. That's kind of the next step in the evolution, if we could get two guys per team and get everyone involved.

"We don't really have a big football group to start. It was kind of like pulling teeth to get guys going. But once it got going guys kind of saw the banter that was going on and guys got a little more interested. The only rule is you have to be an active Jet, and so we've lost a lot of good members but the league lives on."

Speaking with around half of the membership, it sounds like Wheeler is a fair and just with his rulings on trades and other items that come up during a long football season.

"Its sometimes a tough group to be in charge of," said Wheeler. "For the most part we run a tight ship."

While the answers regarding how good of a commissioner Wheeler is were consistent, the responses varied when it came to the worst person to make trades with.

"It's pretty funny with some of the trades that are being offered," said Bryan Little. "Trouba sent me a bunch of offers the other day and they were all terrible. He thinks just because he gives me three bad players, three bench players, he wants (Pittsburgh Steelers star RB) Le'Veon Bell."  

"Probably Wheels," offered Scheifele. "He's the most knowledgeable. He has the worst team, too, and he's trying to rip guys off."

"(Lowry) sends the most trades," answered Wheeler. "But he's active. He wants to make something happen."

Three weeks into the season, there is one unbeaten team remaining and that belongs to Flaman. Flaman mentioned that whoever has won the league in years past, is no longer with the team. Considering the group of players involved this season (and Flaman, of course), maybe it's best to hope no one wins.

If that's even possible.

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