The new season is about to begin, and the Jets are thrilled to be able to ice three lines this year! This is possible due to the addition of Canada Games players who were rostered last year, but unable to play until the end of the Canada Games season, one of our university sports athletes completing her five year university commitment, and two newly drafted players. Many of the “armchair” coaches have felt that operating on two lines or less for the past two years impacted our ability to put up the “W’s”. Admittedly, many of the players do like a short bench because of the extra ice time, but all are happy about the extra strength that these players will bring to the team. We also welcome back Mr. T to the bench, now that his CWG commitment is complete.
Since this is the first edition of the year, we would like to recap some notable summer events:
Five players coached a first-time ringette camp in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Meaghan, Stephanie, Morgan, Amy and Rachelle had a great time with the girls, and by all reports, the camp was a tremendous success. We welcome the opportunity to promote and grow our favorite sport in rural Manitoba, and look forward to returning next year!
Congratulations to Carrie Nash, who plays for University of Manitoba Bison soccer team, who has once again earned a position on the Academic All Canadian Honor Roll for maintaining an “A” average while playing on a university team.
And some with international flare:
Three players with something to celebrate: Kristy, Amy, and Morgan visited the happiest place in the world together this summer. Nothing beats Disneyworld for a celebration! They also enjoyed the Wizarding World or Harry Potter.
Rachelle joined up with International Student volunteers to work at a Cheetah camp in South Africa. This camp was established to save the cheetah from extinction, through breeding and education programs. The most significant danger to the endangered cats comes from the locals who poach or abuse them. The camp also hosts vultures (who are actually very cool), African wild dogs, and badgers. Rachelle also had the opportunity to do some adventure touring and safaris while there. It was definitely a life changing experience, and she would love to return!
Thanks to Lisa K, an Afghani pup has a new home in Winnipeg. Canadian soldiers found the malnourished pup after it was beaten by local children. They brought him back to their outpost in southern Afghanistan and fed him. Knowing he would die elsewhere, the unit kept Gunner and nursed him back to health. Eventually he was transferred to Nowzad dog shelter in Kabul. From there, Lisa arranged to have the dog sent to her in Winnipeg, where he lives happily ever after! Visit nowzaddogs.chipin.com to donate.
Our first road trip of the year is to Edmonton, and we look forward to another very fast paced series against the WAM, as this is a great skating team, with strong veteran leadership. We are also keeping our fingers crossed that this year for once, our visit to Edmonton won’t be in a blizzard or ice storm!