As part of the annual Winnipeg Jets Fan Fest weekend, True North Sports + Entertainment provided Season Seat Holders with a new and exciting opportunity: The chance to have their most burning questions answered by those behind the scenes of the Jets and Manitoba Moose.
That opportunity came in the form of the inaugural Fan Fest Fan Forum - a 90-minute session held at Bell MTS Iceplex, hosted by TSN's Dennis Beyak. Questions on a variety of topics were asked of those behind the bench like Paul Maurice and Pascal Vincent, right up to team management and ownership, when Executive Chairman Mark Chipman and General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff provided insight into what it takes to prepare the team for the future, while contending in the present.
Pick a segment below and immerse yourself in the open and honest discussion about the team and organization fuelled by your passion.
The Expansion Draft, the NHL Draft, free agent signings, development camp, and other roster moves make for a busy offseason. Kevin Cheveldayoff and Mark Chipman start the evening by answering your questions about the summer that was and updating preparations for the 2017-18 campaign.
Video: FAN FORUM | Altitude Check
PILOTING THE PLANE
Taking a team's worth of unique and talented individuals and guiding them towards a common objective makes coaching an intimidating career. Paul Maurice and Pascal Vincent will field your inquiries on the multitude of tasks involved in creating and coaching a winner on the ice.
Video: FAN FORUM | Piloting the Plane
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
The NHL's landscape has changed considerably after the league instituted a salary cap in 2005. Each year, it is a puzzle putting together a roster while keeping short term goals and long term vision in mind. Kevin Cheveldayoff & Larry Simmons respond to questions about how the Jets navigate the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the challenges of building a winner while planning for future success.
Video: FAN FORUM | Air Traffic Control
The path to on-ice success for the Winnipeg Jets has always been built upon the mantra of "Draft and Develop". Recognizing, drafting and cultivating talent is the cornerstone of that belief. Craig Heisinger and Jimmy Roy answer your questions about the scouting and development process for amateur and professional players.
Video: FAN FORUM | Flight Path
None of this is possible with you, our fans.
Executive Chairman Mark Chipman and all of us at True North Sports + Entertainment thank you. We're committed to building a winner on and off the ice, and being a source of pride for everyone in our community.
Video: FAN FORUM | Our Commitment
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