Year 11 Issue 2
He’s a 2023 All-Star and a candidate for the Norris Trophy. Is Josh Morrissey on track to be the Jets’ next captain? The 27-year-old defenceman recently posted back-to-back breakaway overtime winners. And he’s only just begun! Read how Morrissey is taking the Jets’ on-ice performance to a thrilling new level, in the January/February issue of Game On Magazine! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Morrissey isn’t the only champion we’ve got our eyes on. Game On has named Conor Geekie the 2022 Male Player of the Year, and hot on his heels are Zach Whitecloud, Game On’s Defenceman of the Year, and James Reimer, our choice for Goaltender of the Year!
- So many tributes to so many fine players, past and present! They’re naming the St. James Civic Centre Arena after the legendary Ab McDonald. Don Kuryk gets his due as he steps down from the Hall of Fame. And Terence Pilakipsi is a young star who’s proudly carrying on the hockey tradition of the famed Tootoo family.
- Manitoba players are on a roll, beginning with Brett Davis’s gold for the Bisons at the 2023 FISU University Games! Watch for the Manitoba women to sweep the NAHC championships in May at the Seven Oaks Arena. Get stoked for this season’s victories by picking up the latest issue of Game On to keep up with all the exciting news!
Year 11 Issue 2
Mark Scheifele has been a mainstay of the Jets for more than a decade. If anyone personifies the Jets 2.0, it’s their top centreman. Game On Magazine sits down with Scheifele to talk about his childhood Christmases, how his faith keeps him steady and why he’s “all in” with new head coach Rick Bowness. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- There’s something magic about area code 204! NHL stars like Mark Stone, Jonathan Toews and Darren Helm had that area code on their phones, and now they’re passing the torch to up-and-coming 204’ers like Travis Sanheim, Zach Whitecloud, Ryan Pulock and Calen Addison.
- While looking to the future, let’s never forget the past and the greatest Jet ever – Dale Hawerchuk. Plans are afoot to honour Dale’s legacy with the inaugural Ducky Pond Hockey Classic, coming up in February and an exciting event not to be missed!
- Count ’em! We’ve got one – two – three champions of women’s hockey! Meet Jocelyne Larcoque, Kristen Campbell and Ashton Bell, Game On Magazine’s 2022 Female Players of the Year! All this and so much more in the new issue of Game On Magazine!
Year 10 Issue 6
The Winnipeg Jets’ new head coach, Rick Bowness, says he’s ready to restore the team’s winning ways. He’ll make sure they’re hard to play against, he wants them on top of the opposing team all over the ice and wants them to get plenty creative with the puck. Read all about how Bowness plans to rejuvenate the Jets and fire up their competitive streak anew in the July/August issue of Game On Magazine! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- You’d like to be in Junior hockey, or you really, REALLY want to do it? As the Winkler Flyers’ Sully Ross tells it, the Jets Hockey Development’s program made clear to him that you must WANT to do it to invest the time, effort, training, drive and desire to get to that coveted level. A bonus — players who make it to Junior will have exciting opportunities on two brand-new teams – the Niverville Nighthawks and the Beausejour Comets!
- Love wearing that Team Canada jersey, but not again soon, please. Find out why the Golden Knights’ Zach Whitecloud was thrilled to play at the IIHF World Championships, but isn’t keen on doing it again. It’s just that Whitecloud’s first choice would have been the NHL playoffs. Read about Zach’s thoughts on aiming for the very top in the new issue of Game On!
- The RINK just keeps turning out those top-notch players. Seven RINK alumni got the nod from the NHL and 10 were picked up by the WHL. The RINK is doing something right, ya think? The RINK just keeps turning out champions – all this and much more in the July/August issue of Game On!
Year 10 Issue 5
Want to know what the Jets’ defensive future looks like? Take a look at Dylan Samberg. In his debut game for the Jets, Samberg created some shock and awe with his strong breakout passes, stable defensive effort and penalty-killing skills. Read all about why Samberg is the Jets’ up-and-coming shining star in our latest issue of Game On magazine! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- This season’s list of champions shows why Manitobans are tops! The Selkirk Fishermen, the St. James Canucks (after a 24-year wait), the Prairie Blaze, the Dauphin Kings and the Peguis Juniors are just some of the teams who took home cups this season. Check out all the details of their triumphs in the new issue of Game On!
- Jett Lajoie snagged a coveted spot in the WHL. And why not? After all, a former coach calls this 15-year-old “the best kid in the province,” a guy who “loves playing hockey and scoring goals.”
- The RINK’s U18 Female Prep team has a hugely promising goalie and its first South Korean player in Inhye Jang. Hockey may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of South Korea, but this goalie’s glove is gold and she’s got a tremendous hockey future ahead of her.
Year 10 Issue 4
Perfetti means “perfect” in Italian, and brand-new Winnipeg Jet Cole Perfetti is a perfect fit for the team. Pick up the March/April issue of Game On magazine to read our interview with Perfetti and find out why the future of the franchise is in capable hands. The product of Whitby, Ont., Perfetti racked up a stellar record in the OHL with a 62-game team record of 37 goals and 74 assists. Now, he’s all set to help fuel the Jets for a playoff spot! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- But don’t write off the older generation of former Jets quite yet! At 61, Thomas Steen is still lacing up his skates every morning and hitting the ice back home in Sweden. He’s busy working with the next generation of NHL hopefuls, who are unbelievably lucky to be learning directly from one of Winnipeg’s most beloved Jets.
- Another Manitoba fave – the Vegas Golden Knights’ Zach Whitecloud – is in the best shape he’s ever been in. Bring on the playoffs! Whitecloud says he’s ready to take it on, but with his characteristic humility, he never forgets the long road he travelled to get there.
- Ever wonder about the players’ pre-game rituals? D-man Dylan DeMelo tells Game On readers all about the respect he has for the skating patterns and hierarchy the Jets insist upon following to turn their warm-ups into winning mode in front of the fans.
Year 10 Issue 3
The Winnipeg Jets are revving up for a solid run for the playoffs! Andrew Copp is having his best season ever in his seven years with the team, and Pierre-Luc Dubois is back at the top of his game with renewed power and confidence! Meanwhile, Kyle Connor got the NHL All-Star nod, to no one’s surprise, given his superb talents on the ice. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Game On profiles the dazzling lineup of RINK assistant coaches, ready to take players from first lace-up to the big leagues. And the secret’s out – Manitoba’s junior goalies know they’ll find the expertise they need at the Bell MTS Iceplex Ice Lab.
- The awards just keep on comin’! Game On names Mark Stone as Male Player of the Year, while the super-talented Jocelyne Larocque racks up yet another prize. Larocque, Kristen Campbell and Ashton Bell are representing Canada at the Winter Olympics!
- Do you have what it takes to be a coach? Grab a little inspiration from Aaron Kaatz’s inspiring story – he’s the youngest head coach in Winnipeg’s AAA system. All this and much more in the latest issue of Game On!
November/December 2021 Edition
There are definitely a lot of playoff hopes riding on Brenden Dillon. We’re calling the Jets’ acquisition of the former Washington Capitals defenceman possibly one of the best deals Kevin Cheveldayoff has ever made. Dillon’s the veteran on the Jets’ blue line and he’s got proud memories of his 2018 run to the Stanley Cup. Dillon’s revved up and ready to lead the charge to Lord Stanley in the next playoffs! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Let’s give a warm welcome to the Keystone Junior Hockey League. They’re back on the ice after a COVID-ruined season and they’re raring to go! These guys from up north have tremendous talent and they’ve laced up their skates for an exciting season!
- Micheal Ferland is living proof that you can’t keep a good man down. Refusing to let a head injury stop him, Ferland has gone from player to coach, working with the National Aboriginal Championship’s main team. With Ferland working with the team, there’s surely a cup in their near future!
- It’s a really cool job – and somebody’s got to do it! Why not you? A shortage of referees means there are plenty of opportunities to follow your dream. Find out about the training you’ll need and how you too can be an ace on the ice!
September/October 2021 Edition
What a decade it’s been! We’re celebrating the Jets’ 10-season anniversary in town as part of the biggest issue ever of GAME ON! We’ve got pages and pages of coverage, so come and reminisce with us! From the earliest days when Winnipeg thought the Coyotes (formerly the Jets) were coming home, through the Thrashers’ arrival and on to the new, top-tier Jets players who’ve made their indelible marks on the sport of hockey in the last 10 years. Winnipeg IS the Jets! Happy first decade – with many more to come! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Jocelyne Larocque just keeps racking up those wins! The unbeatable star from St. Anne’s recently led the Canadian team to gold at the World Women’s Hockey Championship in Calgary. What will she add next to her lengthy list of stunning achievements?
- Ready for a season of fantasy hockey? Check out GAME ON’s lists of the top goaltenders, D-men and forwards who’ll pave a path to victory by next spring. And as a bonus, we’ve also listed the top 25 players from the NHL Entry Draft most likely to have star-studded careers on ice.
- Read all about the talented Manitoba players who’ll be part of the Kraken as the new Seattle team’s first season gets underway. Named for a gigantic, mythical sea monster, the Kraken’s first face-off will see the likes of gigantic talents Morgan Geekie and Chris Driedger hit the ice.
May/June 2021 Edition
There’s no place like home, and for Paul Stastny, it was all about a silver stick rather than ruby slippers. The stick was presented to Stastny during a special ceremony prior to a Jets game to mark his milestone of 1,000 career games. Stastny called the moment a “memorable tear-jerker” and says that he just wants to be a good hockey player. Whether he stays in Winnipeg or moves on, he says his heart is always in the game, and he’s “enjoying the ride.” Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Chalk up another banner year for Manitobans in the NHL! Winnipeg’s Mark Stone, captain of the Vegas Golden Knights, led the way in scoring, but 27 other ‘Tobans played and a total of 29 were on team rosters. And keep your eye on those younger guys moving up in the ranks! The likes of Keegan Kolesar, Morgan Geekie, Cody Glass and Tristen Robbins are carving out their own exciting futures in the NHL.
- Goalie Kristen Campbell has turned that cliché about “playing like a girl” on its head. And deservedly so. Campbell’s practicing her holistic approach to goaltending while training with the National Women’s Team. She’s focused, dedicated and has a work ethic that has made her the envy of other would-be goalies, women and men alike, who are inspired by her stunning style.
- As the song goes, they did it all with a little help from their friends. Canada’s gold at the 2021 IIHF World U18 Championship happened thanks to the winning efforts of the Manitobans on the team. Conner Roulette put it in no uncertain terms: “We came out flying in every game!” Brimming over with confidence as they skated onto the ice, they kept their eyes on winning the gold and had a tremendous amount of fun doing it.
March/April 2021 Edition
Pierre-Luc Dubois is the Jets’ new jack of all trades. PLD followed his dad’s advice to learn to play all three forward positions because then it would be easy for the coach to put him in the lineup. Dubois modestly describes himself as a forward, a two-way centre who plays well defensively and offensively and who blocks shots, hits, scores and passes. He wants “to be the guy that does everything out there” and with that kind of versatility, he’ll be key to making the Jets’ playoff run a long and exciting one. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Zach Whitecloud has been named Manitoba’s Indigenous Male Athlete of the Decade. He’s had a brilliant career so far, and he’s just getting started. This Manitoba-born Vegas Golden Knight is one to watch because in the coming years he stands an excellent chance of morphing into one of the NHL’s best players.
- You can take Reggie (The Riverton Rifle) Leach out of hockey, but you can’t take the hockey out of Leach. One of the NHL’s greatest players, Leach is back in the winning game as he partners with two-time Stanley Cup-winning son, Jamie, as they bring their Shoot to Score hockey camps to First Nations kids across Canada.
- Take yourself out to the ball game! Yes, you love playing hockey, but did you know the best way to hone your skills as a hockey player is to spend time in other sports? Baseball, football, soccer – you name it. Playing other sports is a win-win because you get to be even more athletic as you learn valuable skills that can only improve your hockey game when you get back into your skates.
November/December 2020 Edition
What better way to start a new season — we hope — than with a major NHL trophy in hand? With Connor Hellebuyck winning the Vezina Trophy, emblematic of the best goaltender in the game, the Jets have a terrific advantage heading into the season — whenever it starts. Stanley Cup playoffs, anybody? OK, maybe it’s too early for that kind of prediction, but any team that the Jets play will face one fierce puck stopper protecting the goal. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Somebody pinch Seth Jarvis – he still thinks he’s dreaming that he got the call in the NHL Draft. Called 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes, he was the highest drafted Manitoban since Nolan Patrick was picked as No. 2 by the Philadelphia Flyers three years ago. Wake up, Seth, and come down to earth – or rather, come down to the ice. You’ve got a great career ahead of you and your Manitoba fans will all be watching.
- GAME ON is proud to announce that Ashton Bell is our choice for 2020 Female Player of the Year. A former high school rodeo champion, Ashton traded bucking broncs for the blue line and she’s been just as much a champ in the rink. The former star and captain of Team Manitoba, Ashton is also a member of Canada’s national team program, and we fervently hope there will be a world championship this coming year where she can show off her winning style.
- Another female star, Heaven Moneyas, of the Pilot Mound Buffaloes, is a gold-medal boxer, a swimming sensation and she’s got her eyes on mastering yet another sport. Moneyas, who was chosen the 2019 Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council Female Athlete of the Year, literally doesn’t pull any punches – she wants to be a mixed-martial arts fighter. She loves brawling, her coach says. And when she’s finished university, she’ll definitely be a knock-out in the MMA.
September/October 2020 Edition
The phrase “the greatest of them all” often sounds like hyperbole. But not when it applies to Dale Hawerchuk. “Ducky” truly was the greatest of them all. His iconic record on the ice speaks for itself. And his importance to the Winnipeg Jets, their growth and their history, goes so deep that the team is truly his legacy. So it’s only right that he should be honoured and remembered with a statue in front of Bell MTS Place. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Meanwhile, the drafting of the next generation of potential Hawerchuks goes on. Seth Jarvis, Manitoba’s highest-ranked player, is likely to be a first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft and he’s just waiting for that magic call. The former RINK Academy star says he’d love to play in his hometown of Winnipeg, but he’ll be thrilled to go anywhere they want him.
- And speaking of NHL stars, Manitobans continue to shine. Zach Whitecloud, of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and now a Golden Knight, scored his first goal in the big leagues right at a crucial point in a game against the St. Louis Blues. And what a first goal it was! Whitecloud is well on his way to helping the Knights become one heck of a fearsome team on the ice.
- Size really doesn’t matter after all. Read all about Hanna Pagdato, 17, the tiny but tough star goalie at the RINK. Standing just 5’1”, Pagdato is only a bit taller than the net she tends, but she’s been on the attack since day 1, is completely fearless, and she’s one of the top goalies for her age in Manitoba. Nobody thought she could do it, but continues to prove them all wrong with her dazzling on-ice ability.
May/June 2020 Edition
GAME ON is gearing up for the return of the game! The rinks are starting to welcome back the players and there’s plenty going on behind the scenes! Manitoba boasts plenty of NHL Draft potential this year – the scouts have made their choices and six promising players are on the list! You’ll want to be at the top of your game too, when the season opens. Learn how to spend your summer training like a Jet and you’ll be ready to play with the best of them! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- You can help make hockey a reality for under-privileged kids this season. The Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council needs good quality new or used hockey gear and other sports equipment for financially challenged children. Helmets, gloves, elbow pads and skates are particularly in short supply. Read about what you can do to keep future hockey stars from spending the season on the sidelines.
- Lace up your skates! The Winnipeg Recreational Hockey League is all set to hit the ice at the Bell MTS Iceplex. The league will be run by an outside group and they planto be a premier product with their home at a premier facility. Games will consist of three 15-minute periods, which means more hockey and more fun for players. What are you waiting for?
- Hey, ladies! Tired of ill-fitting hockey gear made for guys? CCM has a brand new lineof protective equipment for women only, which offers properly fitted shoulder pads and hockey pants. Female hockey players who’ve tried it say they love the fit, the new mobility they enjoy and the tailor-made protection it offers them.
March/April 2020 Edition Featuring Neal Pionk
COVID-19 brought the season to a sudden end, but the spirit of the game will live on in all the players’ hearts until they can lace up their skates and get back on the ice again. Meanwhile, mega-manufacturer Bauer has shown its own heart, too. The company has switched from hockey gear to making medical face masks to keep health-care workers safe on the front lines. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Winnipeg Jet Neal Pionk could have ended up a baseball star. After all, his dad is a landscaper who built a baseball field in the yard for his kids, and Neal loved the game. But instead, he chose hockey, and the rest, as they say, is history. Read Carter Brooks’ in-depth interview with Neal in the Playoffs Issue of GAME ON.
- Jermaine Loewen’s life story is one for the books. Abandoned as an infant in his home country of Jamaica, Jermaine was adopted by an Arborg couple after spending four years in an orphanage. A gift of skates when he was six years old started him on his path to the NHL, where the Dallas Stars drafted him as the league’s first-ever Jamaican-born player.
- Talk about tenacity! Cody Blight of the Central Plains Capitals has a story that’s nothing if not inspiring. He has bounced back from illness and more injuries in his short career than some guys see after years in hockey. Cody’s goal is to overcome adversity and take hockey as far as he can go, and he’s well on his way to doing it.
2020 Regular Season Edition Featuring Jack Roslovic
It’s business as usual – or is it? – during the regular season. Manitoban Dylan McIlrath proudly dons his Red Wings jersey every day, and Jack Roslovic keeps his own dream alive as he suits up for the Jets, while young immigrant families in Winnipeg are learning the rudiments of the game under a new Hockey Manitoba program. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Eyes on the prize: Scouts are giving more than a second look at the RINK’s incredibly talented Bantam players. In fact, it’s getting quite “drafty” around the RINK.
- The Manitoba hockey community is stepping up for injured player Reese Ketler as he fights his way back from neck and upper-back injuries he suffered when he hit the boards in a bad way.
- Moose players who get that coveted call to the Jets have an easy transition to make – they just have to take a few steps down the hall in the two teams’ shared quarters.
2019 Holiday Edition Featuring Mathieu Perreault
The Christmas and New Year’s season is all about traditions, and everyone’s got their own, including GAME ON magazine. We look back over the year and pick the best player. In 2019, that honour went to none other than the Captain himself – Winnipegger Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Wasn’t that a party? More than 150 friends and neighbours started this snowball rolling and now they all celebrate New Year’s Eve by attending the Manitoba Moose game together that night.
- There’s tremendous talent among Manitoba’s youthful Indigenous players and Pilot Mound is the perfect place to hone their skills. It’s got a small-town feeling plus top-notch coaching to help them score goals both on and off the ice.
- Those were the days! Former Jet Randy Gilhen reminisces about the classic rivalries that flared between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.
2019 Coaches Edition Featuring Adam Lowry
Coaching can make all the difference between a bad season and a berth in the playoffs. In this issue, meet the power behind the players – some of Manitoba’s best hockey coaches! Rod Collins, Rick McConnell, Sandy Henry and many more share their experience, advice and game-winning philosophies in the coaches issue of GAME ON! Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- The players always thank their parents for their unwavering support. But what’s it like when your parent doubles as a NHL coach? Winnipeg Jet Adam Lowry talks about following his dad, Dave, into the big leagues.
- Manitoba’s hockey teams look more than a little star-spangled these days, thanks to the surge of American players coming over the border. Just as talented as their Canuck counterparts, the Yanks are an exciting addition to the Canadian teams.
- Next stop – the NHL. That’s what everyone’s predicting for top prospect Carson Lambos, who just keeps racking up one triumph after another. Still just a teenager, Lambos is clearly skating his way to a dazzling future.
2019 Season Preview Edition
There’s nothing quite like the anticipation at the start of a new hockey season. New coaches have joined the rosters, along with some very talented rookies, and playerswho’ve been traded are set to battle their old teams on the ice. The excitement around that first face-off of that first game of the season is electric. Read Digital Edition Now! Order Print Edition Now!
- Two Manitobans are joining the ranks of the rookies this year. Zach Whitecloud and Brady Keeper are keyed up and ready for the start of their first season in what look to be long and promising careers in the NHL.
- Darren Ritchie is living the dream in his new job as Brandon Wheat Kings GM, but it just runs in the family. Ritchie is a former Wheat King himself, and now he’s coaching his son, Nolan, who also got called up to join the team.
- Meanwhile, the next generation of hockey players will be in good hands now that former Team Finland Olympian and U of M Bison Venla Hovi is joining the Jets Hockey Development to pass on his skills and knowledge to the up-and-coming future stars.