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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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Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame: Thomas Steen

Thomas Steen was the fifth ever draft pick of the Jets 1.0

by Staff @NHLJets /

Thomas Steen was the fifth ever draft pick of the Jets 1.0 when Winnipeg selected him in the fifth round (103rd overall) in the 1979 NHL Draft. The product of Grums, Sweden made his NHL debut in the 1981-82 seasons and posted double digit totals for goals, assists and points for 13 straight seasons, highlighted by an 84 and 88-point campaigns in 1984-85 and 1988-89, respectively.

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On the Right Path

How having a plan for after retirement keeps Grant Clitsome busy with what he loves

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / Game On Magazine

Just outside of Quebec City sits a property, complete with an apple orchard and a small store overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

It's a tourist destination. It's a cidery. It's also all of Grant Clitsome's passions combined into one business.

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Winnipeg Jets to induct Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen into Hall of Fame

Both players will be honoured prior to the Feb. 11, 2020 Alumni Night game against the New York Rangers

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, Oct. 25, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club will induct Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen as the seventh and eighth members of the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. Both players, who served as captains during the Jets 1.0 era, will be honoured at a special Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to the Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 Alumni Night game where the Winnipeg Jets will take on the New York Rangers at Bell MTS Place. 

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Moving behind the bench

From Game On Magazine - 2019 Season Preview Edition

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / Game On Magazine

Jim Slater's resume at Michigan State University is lengthy - and it's about to get even longer.

From 2001 until 2005, the Petoskey, Michigan product suited up for the Spartans of the NCAA, making the All-Rookie team in 2001-02, the First All-Star team the following season - a feat he repeated in 2003-04 - and was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in that season as well.

Add it all up and Slater had 64 goals and 172 points in 158 games as a Spartan. He served as an assistant captain for 37 of them, and captain for the final 83.

This season, he's adding something else to that resume: volunteer coach.

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