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Hockey Fights Cancer helps provide hope for children with cancer

After undergoing treatment for over three years, Luc "rang the bell" this past spring

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Communications / WinnipegJets.com

Luc has a wisdom beyond his years and a positive attitude which is remarkable. An optimist who has big dreams for his future, this brave ten-year-old has been living with cancer for nearly half of his life.

After undergoing treatment for over three years, Luc "rang the bell" this past spring. 

It was an occasion to be celebrated. He had endured 40 months of intense therapy for leukemia and he and his parents, Justin and Lianne, were putting his cancer experience in the rearview mirror. They were all looking ahead to him starting grade five this fall and playing hockey with his St. Boniface Seals teammates.

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Pionk enjoying off-season skates with new teammate, Forbort

"The main goal of it is to stay in shape and stay in that hockey mode" -Pionk

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - When Neal Pionk was a kid playing baseball, one umpire's strike zone really bugged him.

When the Winnipeg Jets get back on the ice, Pionk will be teammates with that umpire - Derek Forbort.

"I didn't know him then. Obviously, I didn't like him then either," Pionk said with a laugh.

Forbort famously told the story of his ever-growing strike zone (whenever Pionk was up to bat) shortly after he signed with the Jets on Oct. 13.

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Lowry excited to join Jets coaching staff

When it came to coaching his son, Lowry needed "'to have Adam's blessing on it."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Dave Lowry was in Brandon, putting together all the details of the Wheat Kings' training camp schedule, when his phone rang.

It was Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice - asking if Lowry would consider joining his coaching staff.

Before Lowry would take the job, he needed to have a conversation with someone.

That someone is his son Adam Lowry, who he'd be coaching on a daily basis.

"We had to have Adam's blessing on it," said Lowry, who spent the 2019-20 campaign as the head coach of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings.

"I'd totally understand if he wasn't comfortable with me coming in and being part of the staff, this wouldn't have been something I continued to pursue. With Adam's blessing, I recognize that he's an established player in the National Hockey League, and it should be an easy transition."

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Jets hire Dave Lowry as assistant coach

Lowry spent the 2019-20 season as head coach of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, Nov. 23, 2020 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have hired Dave Lowry as an assistant coach.

"Dave brings a tremendous amount of experience to our coaching staff in a variety of different areas," said Paul Maurice, head coach. "First of all, his success working with young players in their development can't be denied as he had an excellent season last year in Brandon and has coached the country's top junior players. He has worked in all aspects of special teams during his time as an NHL assistant coach, and in fact was part of a Los Angeles Kings team that saw a dramatic improvement of 25 goals at 5-on-5 in his first year there. We're very excited to bring Dave on-board and join our staff."

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Hockey Fights Cancer funds life saving trials for children with cancer

This November marks the Winnipeg Jets' ninth Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) campaign

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Communications / WinnipegJets.com

Maiya is an adorable two-and-a-half-year-old with an infectious smile and outgoing personality. She loves playing outside, so much so that many days she wears her parents out and they have to coax her into the house with her favourite snack. She is their little explorer, curious about all the treasures she finds on her neighborhood walks. 

It's hard to imagine when you look at her, but this little girl is living with cancer. 

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Jets Prospects Update - November 17, 2020

Neaton, Blaisdell, and Moe about to get NCAA seasons underway

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

As the hockey world continues to wait for an update regarding the start of the National Hockey League season, Jets prospects continue to see game action overseas as well as here in North America.

Here is the update on those players, beginning in North America:

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Jets reveal Reverse Retro Alternate Jersey

In collaboration with the NHL and adidas this alternate jersey will be worn during select games during 2020-21 season

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

The Reverse Retro jersey combines the classic style with the team's current colorway. A throw back to 1979 honoring the Jets' first year in the league. This remixed design integrates the iconic heritage plane crest with the bold "Winnipeg" lettering. Remastered in fighter grey this jersey takes the classic heritage look that the 1980's era Jets - including legend Dale Hawerchuk - wore and gives it a modern twist. 

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Harkins earns opportunity to change jersey number for next season

The 23-year-old forward will switch to 12, a number he wore in Prince George

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - When the 2020-21 National Hockey League season gets underway, Jansen Harkins will be starting a new two-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets and will have a new jersey number on top of that.

The 23-year-old Harkins wore 58 in his 32 regular season and playoff games with the Jets last season. Now, with Dylan DeMelo changing from 12 to 2, Harkins jumped at the chance to wear 12 - a number he wore in the Western Hockey League with the Prince George Cougars.

Although, the first time Harkins wore 12 dates back to high school hockey.

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