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Winding Road Through Winnipeg

How Jets alumnus Pokey Reddick, and Moose alum Fred Brathwaite, took their careers through Winnipeg and are now growing the game in Vegas

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

They may be from two different eras of professional hockey in Winnipeg, but the winding career paths of Eldon "Pokey" Reddick and Fred Brathwaite have brought them both to the Las Vegas area where they continue to grow the game they love.

Reddick, now 57, wore the Winnipeg Jets colours between 1986 and 1989 primarily as part of the goaltending duo known as 'Pokey and the Bandit' with fellow netminder Daniel Berthiaume in the 1.0 era.

These days, Reddick helps out at The Yard, a facility where parents can bring their young goaltenders to practice on small artificial ice surfaces as they learn the position - without the steep cost of renting ice.

"I've been helping here for probably 12 years," said Reddick. "We still have a lot to teach the kids. Whenever we can get an opportunity to give kids pointers on the game we love to do, which was hockey, the kids are all for it. We try to help as much as we can when it comes to promoting this game of hockey."

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: Reddick coaching Nevada's only high school team

Former NHL goalie, who won Stanley Cup with Oilers, now making mark behind bench

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles former NHL goalie Eldon "Pokey" Reddick, who is coaching Nevada's only high school hockey program.

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'He really embraced us'

Executive Chairman Mark Chipman speaks about Hawerchuk's role in connecting two Jets eras

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

In the years leading up to Winnipeg's return to the NHL in 2011, Dale Hawerchuk was among many of the hopeful hockey fans that a franchise would return to the Manitoba capital.

Whenever Mark Chipman ran into the former Jets captain - whether it was at multiple Hockey Canada events or otherwise - the question was always asked.

"He had a keen interest in the possibility of the NHL returning to Winnipeg," said Chipman, the Executive Chairman of the Jets. "I didn't appreciate this at the time, but his son explained this to me just in the last couple weeks. The reason it was so important to him was because I think he felt disconnected. After he retired he felt, clearly, close to all the teams he played for - but he had a deep affinity for his time here."

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Jets issue statement regarding Dale Hawerchuk

Dale Hawerchuk put Winnipeg and the Jets on the map the day he arrived in our city in 1981

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR

Dale Hawerchuk put Winnipeg and the Jets on the map the day he arrived in our city in 1981, and his love for our community and remarkable Hall of Fame career will keep it there for many generations to come. Dale had a relationship with our fans unlike any player in the history of our franchise. Whether at home or on the world stage, "Ducky" was embraced by so many, so often because of his humility and the grace by which he always carried himself. Dale was quite simply one of the finest human beings we have ever known that also just happened to be a superstar. The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, our players, our alumni, and our fans will miss him dearly, and we will forever be inspired by his passion for the game, his commitment to his team, and his love for our community. 

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Winnipeg Jets statement on Dale Hawerchuk

"We know that all of Jets Nation stands with him in his fight."

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR /

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dale Hawerchuk and his family as he begins another round in his courageous battle with cancer. Dale has always faced his toughest opponents head-on, and we know this will once again be no different. He is a beloved member of the Winnipeg hockey community as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Jets uniform. We know that all of Jets Nation stands with him in his fight. #Hawerchukstrong

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Thorburn reflects on time in Winnipeg after announcing retirement

"The experience was, bar none, one of the favourite parts of my career." -Thorburn

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

Chris Thorburn had a special Father's Day this June.

He and his wife Sara brought their three kids, Bennett, Mary, and Oscar on a special trip.

"We went to grandma and grandpa's house and had an outdoor picnic there," he said. "She has some horses, so the kids were able to mix it up with the horses and play outside a little bit."

The 37-year-old veteran of over 800 National Hockey League games is looking forward to even more memories like that one with his family, and now, after retiring from the NHL officially on June 22 - he has more time to do it.

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2020 MHSAA Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends scholarship recipients named

Jayde Boyechko (Murdoch MacKay Collegiate) and Zachary DeGraeve (Treherne Collegiate) receive 2020 scholarships

by Jason Friesen /

If there's one thing that the Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends group knows, it's that hard work pays off. None of them would have made it as far as they did in their hockey careers without countless hours of hard work both on and off the ice. 

Now that their careers are over, it's their goal to promote that hard-work mentality in the next generation. One of the ways they do that annually is through two $2,500 Manitoba High School Athletics Association Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends Scholarships awarded annually to one male and one female hockey player in Manitoba's high school hockey system. This year's students, Jayde Boyechko of Murdoch MacKay Collegiate and Zachary DeGraeve of Treherne Collegiate, were recognized for their on-ice skills as well as for their leadership within their school and community. 

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Anders Hedberg

Pioneer in North American hockey discusses current state of Jets, Rangers

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Anders Hedberg, who played 11 seasons in North America, four for the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association and seven for the New York Rangers.

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Staying in the Fight

Jets alumnus Adam Pardy battled injuries, but it paid off with a memorable moment in his home province

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

Adam Pardy almost missed one of the best moments of his hockey career.

The defenceman - who didn't start playing the 2018-19 campaign with the East Coast Hockey League's Newfoundland Growlers until December due to lingering concussion symptoms - saw his head coach, and close friend, Ryane Clowe officially step away from the team's bench for medical reasons in January.

Throughout that season, Pardy was never pressured to play. He would take practices - even games - off if he didn't feel right, all with the blessing of the coaching staff.

Now he was seeing one of his close friends having to call it quits for medical reasons.

"When that happened, I thought maybe I should just walk away too," Pardy said. "Why am I pushing it?"

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Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame: Randy Carlyle

He played 564 games for Jets, the most of any Jets 1.0 defenceman

by Staff @NHLJets /

Randy Carlyle, born in Sudbury, Ont. played 17 seasons in the NHL from 1976-93 after being drafted in the second round (30th overall) in the 1976 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs and playing his first two seasons there before a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carlyle won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenceman and was a First Team All-Star for Pittsburgh in 1980-81 after posting an 83-point (16G, 67A) season.

Carlyle was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on March 5/84 and played with the club until his retirement in 1993, serving as the co-captain in 1989-90 and 1990-91. He played 564 games for Jets, the most of any Jets 1.0 defenceman, and posted 306 points (80G, 226A) for the club.

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