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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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