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Past articles by Jason:

Gunnlaugson, Carruthers reuniting for next Olympic cycle

Reid Carruthers and Jason Gunnlaugson are kicking it old school. Adversaries on the ice for the better part of 15 seasons, the former teammates will reunite on a new men’s squad in time for the 2022-23 competitive season. → Read More

McEwen’s Manitoba champs splitting up

The reigning Manitoba men’s curling champions are going their separate ways. Mike McEwen’s team from West St. Paul, ranked ninth in Canada and 13th in the world, will split following the Players Championship, a Grand Slam of Curling tour event set for Toronto in mid-April. → Read More

Neufeld defends curling crown

The Randy Neufeld team was still savouring a third Manitoba senior men’s title when it was compelled to defend it just four months later.And the La Salle foursome, set in stone for nearly a decade, got the job done, winning the 2022 provincial championship March 20 in Beausejour with a 9-4 defeat of Richard Muntain of Winnipeg’s Granite Club. → Read More

Breakaway a heck of a break for Jets

Blake Wheeler didn’t actually see the finished product but figured something good was happening. Indeed, there was. Mark Scheifele picked up a loose puck, cruised in and scored the game-winning goal with just 9.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 triumph over the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night. → Read More

Veteran Stastny hasn’t lost a step

Paul Stastny keeps making it difficult for the Winnipeg Jets to say enough is enough. Contrary to popular belief, the veteran forward was still with the Central Division team by the time general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was mandated to put his phone down Monday afternoon when the NHL trade deadline hit. → Read More

Teammate thrilled watching Mosienko set NHL record 70 years ago

For decades, people have recounted the remarkable performance of March 23, 1952, at Madison Square Garden as though they’d seen it with their own eyes. Fred Hucul earned the right to tell all the stories he wants. → Read More

Small mistakes costly for Jets in 4-2 loss to Bruins

Small mistakes get magnified during the dog days of the NHL season, as illustrated Friday night at Canada Life Centre. Under pressure, Winnipeg defenceman Brenden Dillon inadvertently flipped the puck over the glass in the Jets end, handing the Boston Bruins a power-play opportunity with just over five minutes left in regulation time. → Read More

McEwen calls it a career

One of the finest front-end players in curling history is calling it a career. Dawn McEwen, lead for the perennially successful Jennifer Jones team out of Winnipeg’s St. Vital Club, announced her retirement Saturday. → Read More

Scotties participants test positive for COVID-19

Several curlers from the recent Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home — but Manitoba athletes have, to date, avoided getting hit by the virus. Speculation is swirling competitors from as many as five teams were affected, however, Curling Canada wouldn’t confirm numbers Tuesday. → Read More

Manitoba rinks to face each other in must-win game after playoff losses

Tracy Fleury owned the hammer for seven consecutive ends Friday night. Never a good sign.The East St. Paul team, still ranked No.1 on the global curling stage, was reduced without warning to a shell of itself at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national women’s championship in Thunder Bay. → Read More

Zacharias says inexperience not a factor in tiebreaker loss at Scotties

Mackenzie Zacharias is adamant a lack of execution and not inexperience proved to be her team’s undoing at the Canadian women’s curling championship in Thunder Bay.The Altona team’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts journey came to a halt Friday morning after an 8-6 defeat to veteran Kerry Galusha of Northwest Territories in a morning tie-breaker. → Read More

Selena Njegovan steps in for Fleury, has WC team at 3-1

Selena Njegovan hasn’t skipped in nearly a decade but has yet to show any signs of stage fright at the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay. Pressed into the high-pressure role after Tracy Fleury tested positive for COVID-19, Njegovan has guided the East St. Paul squad to a 3-1 record after Day 4 of the Canadian women’s curling championship. → Read More

Gunnlaugson opts out of Manitoba playdowns

Jason Gunnlaugson has made consecutive Brier appearances but won’t pursue a third. The veteran skip indicated Sunday he won’t play in the Manitoba men’s curling championship, set to begin in just over a week. → Read More

Fleury to sit out start of Scotties

Tracy Fleury miss the start of the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after testing positive for COVID-19. Like all participants, Fleury — who lives in Sudbury, Ont., and skips a Manitoba-based team — was required to test before leaving for Thunder Bay for the national women’s curling championship. She is self-isolating at home. → Read More

Canucks steamroll listless Jets

The Winnipeg Jets say all the right things but won’t pay heed to their own game plan. Commit to sound defence. → Read More

Jets return cheered by lucky 250 fans

THE Winnipeg Jets received maximum support from just 1.8 per cent of their usual fan base inside Canada Life Centre Tuesday night. No, the crowd didn’t turn on them. → Read More

Connor the quiet superstar

Paul Stastny was an instant fan. So, too, was legendary University of Michigan head coach Red Berenson, former junior teammate JJ Piccinich and, most importantly, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. → Read More

Manitoba Moose had never heard of Evan Cormier – until he started winning games for them

Manitoba Moose head coach Mark Morrison admits to having no knowledge of the existence of Evan Cormier two weeks ago. Now, he defines him as the American Hockey League squad’s primary puckstopper. → Read More

Cole Perfetti trades Team Canada colours for Jets jersey

Cole Perfetti is going to Vegas for his 20th birthday. That's not a bad consolation prize for the Winnipeg Jets' prospect, who just days ago was playing a starring role for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship. → Read More

Moose D-man denied Olympic dream

Leon Gawanke has experienced an unexpected downside to being a top Winnipeg Jets prospect.The 22-year-old Manitoba Moose defenceman is under contract with the NHL parent team and, as such, isn’t eligible to play for his native Germany at the 2022 Winter Olympics. → Read More