by Ron Cantiveros
Photos by Rob Buenaventura
Get ready hockey fans! The lockout is over and the Winnipeg Jets will be opening the 2012/13 NHL season at MTS Centre for a matinee game against the Ottawa Senators! The Jets are back in action and so is the Filipino Journal Jets Report!
The NHL and the NHLPA reached a memorandum of understanding in the wee hours of Sunday, January 6th that ended the 113-day long lockout. There will be a season after al. In this year’s case, it will be composed of a 48-game regular season and Winnipeg Jets fans including myself are excited to see hockey back at MTS Centre. Training camp for the Winnipeg Jets opened on Sunday with a practise open to the public at MTS Centre where over an 5,000 fans showed up to watch and enjoy free pop and popcorn.
After returning from the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, the Winnipeg Jets’ 2012 first round draft pick, Mark Scheifele is at training camp and hoping to earn a spot on the team. Based on several reports during the short training camp, Scheifele will have 5 NHL games to prove himself or otherwise be sent back to junior with the Barrie Colts.
An apology issued by Jets’ owners Mark Chipman, David Thompson and captain, Andrew Ladd to fans said, “We’d also like to offer a sincere apology for the delayed start to our 2012-13 season and wish to express our deep appreciation for your patience and understanding. Be assured we will do our best to earn your trust now and in the years ahead by striving to be the kind of team and organization that will make you proud to be a Winnipeg Jets fan.”
The lock out is over and training camp is in full swing. We can’t wait for the puck to drop on Saturday! Go Jets Go!