Note: All this month we wanted to bring to your attention the Pass it Forward program which provides help to youth in Winnipeg who wish to play hockey but require aid in getting the necessary equipment. The program is in it’s 5th year, they have a website, an active twitter feed @PassItForwardca, and they are giving away a autographed game used stick. Be sure to check it out.
Note II: The on-ice portion of training camp kicks off today at the MTS IcePlex.
Winnipeg Free Press: Making plans for 2013-14. Ed gives you a refresher on who some of the new faces are in camp, who has left, the young guns, who to keep an eye on, who is under the microscope with a short blurb about each guy.
Winnipeg Free Press: Using size and speed to carve their identity in new conference. You got a sense during coach Noel’s presser yesterday that he is going to be all business this season. He knows the pressure is on to get this group to the next level and he said one aspect he would focus on would be to use team speed as a major weapon against rest of the west.
Winnipeg Sun: Coach Claude Noel wants team to get tougher. A team that will battle for a full 60 minutes is what the Jets bench boss hopes to achieve with this squad. Will be interesting to see if he can get that from this group.
Winnipeg Sun: Coach Claude Noel hopes position battles drive up intensity at training camp. There will be 58 players at camp today which is good for fans who want to see competition ratcheting up the compete level on the players trying to make this team.
Winnipeg Sun: Prospect Adam Lowry is what you might call a big sleeper. He has quickly become one of the most interesting prospects in the Jets organization. While expectations are for him to continue progressing in the AHL, you never know what can happen.
TSN: Winnipeg Jets 2013-14 season preview. With the start of training camp we can expect to see a lot of season previews. Here is the assessment TSN made about your Winnipeg Jets.
Illegal Curve: Season ticket packages arrive. Across Winnipeg excited Jets season ticket holders started to receive their season ticket package from the Jets.
Illegal Curve: Coach Noel first presser of the 2013-14 season. Opening statement. Off season reflections. How does Setoguchi/Frolik fitting in? What does it mean to have added competition? Where is the toughest battle going to be in the roster? Having a full training camp. How does he feel this group fits in the Western Conference? Different duties for the coaching staff. What does Mark Scheifele have to do to make this team? What did he see from Adam Lowry in Penticton? While there will be 58 guys at camp, does he focus on the 20 he expects in camp? How many players will be at camp (58)? Where does he think the team has improved the most? Moving a right side defenceman to the left side? Will having a camp be positive for Olli Jokinen? Schedule talk. Can Trouba make this team? How many games for Pavelec? What kind of team does he want his team to be? Dustin Byfuglien expectations. Ian White
Buffalo News: Center Hodgson signs 6-year contract. Manitoba Moose fans will fondly remember Hodgson when he played 52 games here in Winnipeg back in the 2010-11 season.
Raleigh News and Observer: Canes’ Pitkanen to miss season with heel injury. Paging Ron Hainsey. Paging Ron Hainsey.