The Haberdashery Guys & Gals…Hats & Accessories; by Chuck Duboff

There’s a very, very cool shop in the heart of the Exchange District…a hat emporium, with the funkiest, classiest chapeaus you will find in the city.

I’ll be interviewing the owner, Luke Nolan, next week to get the story behind this great shop.  In the meantime, FYI:

Phone:     204-256-3758

Email:       thehab@mts.net

Hours:      11-6 Monday to Saturday

Address:   84 Albert Street

Winnipeg’s Exchange District

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Check out this great shop and say hi to Luke Nolan while you are there.

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That gentleman is the proprietor, Luke Nolan.

Fans select the All Time Goldeyes team; tomorrow’s blog will announce the fans choices for each position!!…by Chuck Duboff

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The response to yesterday’s blog is a great indicator of how devoted many fans are to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club.  Over 150 people read about the opportunity for fans to pick the All Time Goldeyes Team and another dozen fans sent e-mails with their personal choices for their All Time team.

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Looking over the fans selections, it is going to be quite easy to make selections at some positions, however, there are several positions where it is going to be a difficult choice…we may have to settle for a tie!!

Several fans commented that they were pleased that its a fans’ selection for the All Time Team; everybody is welcome to submit their choices to: cduboff@gmail.com.  I’m going to ask that you get your team into me by about 4 PM Friday.

Your picks should include:

2 Starting Pitchers
2 Bullpen Pitchers
Catcher
1B
2B
SS
3B
3 Outfielders
DH
3 Bench Players

The Goldeyes All Time Team will be up tomorrow morning on this blog.  I will base decisions at each position based on the submissions by the fans…
Remember, this is just for fun…and it gets us one day closer to training camp.

Upcoming feature…Winnipeg Goldeyes all time team…with contributions from several long time fans!! by Chuck Duboff

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WATCH FOR THE ALL TIME GOLDEYES TEAM, SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH!!

It’s always debated amongst fans of pro sports teams:  who was our all time best first baseman, our best goalie, our best QB…arguments ensue and fun times are had.

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Over the next few days I will be putting together an All Time Winnipeg Goldeyes team; I have reached out to several long time Goldeyes fans to get their opinions…
And…if you would like to contribute your thoughts, send me your list of players at the following positions:

2 Starting Pitchers
2 Bullpen Pitchers
Catcher
1B
2B
SS
3B
3 Outfielders
DH
Bench (no more than 3 players)

You can send your list to: cduboff@gmail.com

Just to whet your appetite, my personal list would include Ryan Robertson and Reggie Abercrombie…

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WATCH FOR THE ALL TIME GOLDEYES TEAM, SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH!!

Return of the Home Run King; Reggie Abercrombie coming back for his 4th season with the Goldeyes…by Steve Schuster

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed centre fielder Reggie Abercrombie on Wednesday afternoon.

Abercrombie is coming off one of the most decorated seasons in American Association history, and will be returning to Winnipeg for a fourth year.  The former Major Leaguer hit .297 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI in 95 games played.  Abercrombie added 71 runs scored, 19 doubles, and 21 stolen bases.  It was the second time Abercrombie recorded 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases in an American Association season.  A native of Columbus, Georgia, Abercrombie was the first player in league history to accomplish the feat when he hit 22 home runs and stole 34 bases for the Sioux Falls Pheasants in 2010.  Laredo’s Denis Phipps joined Abercrombie last year with 24 homers and 21 steals.

“I’m very pleased to have Reggie back,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “He is a good veteran not only in terms of on-field production, but his clubhouse leadership is impeccable as well.”

On July 14th versus the Sioux City Explorers, Abercrombie crushed two home runs to both tie and break the American Association’s career record.  The long balls were Abercrombie’s 87th and 88th in the league, surpassing John Allen who starred for the Fort Worth Cats and Laredo Lemurs from 2007-13.  At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Abercrombie’s league record stood at 99 home runs.

“Winnipeg is a special place to me,” said Abercrombie.  “From the front office to the fans, everyone has always been so supportive.  I can’t wait to get back there for the season!”

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In September, the 36-year-old Abercrombie was honoured for his contributions off the field as the inaugural recipient of the Scott Miller/Brian Rose Man of the Year Award.  The award commemorates the lives of former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ broadcaster Scott Miller and former Wichita Wingnuts’ bench coach Brian Rose, both of whom passed away following lengthy battles with melanoma.

Abercrombie then saved his best for last with a two-homer, seven-RBI performance in the Goldeyes’ 11-4 win in Game Five of the American Association Championship Series at Wichita.  The seven RBI set a Goldeyes’ postseason single-game record that had stood since the team’s inaugural year in 1994.

Abercrombie was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999 as a 23rd-round draft-and-follow pick out of Columbus High School (Columbus, Georgia).  After playing one year at Florida Gateway College (Lake City, Florida), Abercrombie started his professional career in 2000 and reached the Double-A level within two seasons.  Abercrombie eventually made his way to the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ organization where he reached the Major Leagues for the first time in 2006.  A right-handed hitter and fielder, Abercrombie spent the entire 2006 season on the Marlins’ active roster, which was led by eventual National League Manager of the Year Joe Girardi .  Abercrombie returned to the Majors in 2007 and 2008 with the Marlins and Houston Astros.

2017 will be Abercrombie’s 18th in professional baseball.  Abercrombie is a career .278 hitter with 263 home runs and 1,026 RBI over 1,845 games played.  Last year marked the 15th time in 17 pro seasons that Abercrombie reached double digit home runs, and the 13th time in which he stole at least 20 bases.  Abercrombie has averaged 100 runs scored, 31 doubles, eight triples, 24 home runs, 91 RBI, and 42 stolen bases per 162 games as a professional.

The Goldeyes now have 12 players under contract for the 2017 season, including 10 from their 2016 championship team.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.

Notes:Jim Wilson held the Goldeyes’ previous record for RBI in a postseason game with six…Wilson’s performance came during a 16-1 win in Game Two of the 1994 Northern League Championship Series on September 7th at Sioux City…former Goldeyes’ third baseman Josh Mazzola ranks second behind Abercrombie on the American Association career home run list with 90…Allen’s 87 home runs now rank third, while former Goldeye Ray Sadler is fourth with 77…Abercrombie’s first Major League home run came on April 19th, 2006 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark…the home run traveled an estimated 486 feet…on July 14th, 2006, Abercrombie homered off of 300-game winner Roger Clemens…Abercrombie ranks sixth on the Goldeyes’ career home run list (45), 12th in RBI (179), and eighth in stolen bases (55)

2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
3B Wes Darvill
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Josh Romanski
RHP Duke von Schamann

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders.  The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.  Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at http://www.goldeyes.com

Jeffery Bannon talks about his unique business, KB2 Clothing…by Chuck Duboff.

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I have known Jeffery Bannon for many years; our friendship goes back to the time when he was managing the Bomber store at the old CanadInns Stadium.  With many years of experience managing the Bombers Store, working at the Olympics and World Junior Hockey, Jeffery is starting a new business, with a very unique idea in clothing apparel.  I interviewed Mr. Bannon about his new business, KB2 Clothingkb2clothing_horizontal_wordmark_black_400x4001.  Would you explain for the readers what your business is all about.
The business model of KB2 Clothing is based off a no minimum apparel provider – we believe that everyone has a logo, every brand needs apparel and we can facilitate that through high quality apparel items with orders as low as one. That free’s up inventory dollar, ensures you don’t have to worry about sizing and can promote your brand 365/24-7

2. What makes your business unique…it would seem there are a lot of apparel companies out there.
We believe in the online experience, we set you your exclusive online apparel store, with categories of mens, ladies, youth, headwear and accessories. This way your own online store can be sent to anyone, and orders can start immediately. From a Track/Warm Up Suit to a hat, we can do one. 
3. How did you come up with the idea for this business?
It was working at the Bomber Store that I had several requests from athletes and their families for one-offs, or a few for their children etc. Then recently with the Team at Keener Jerseys, we would get asked a lot for individual apparel items, just seems like a fit, and something I love to do. 
4. Do you have any background in retail, in clothing?

I was fortunate enough to work for the Blue Bombers, running their Bomber Store(s) for 9 years, I worked the 2010 Olympics and Two World Junior Hockey Championships as well as was very fortunate to be part of the Management Team for the first Old Navy Opening in Manitoba. You can say it’s a passion of mine.

 

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Jeffery Bannon with one of his sons.

5. Who is your target market?

Our target audience is anyone from any school, association, team, coaching staff, Alumni Associations, Booster Clubs,  Non-Profit organization, family or group of friends that want to place a low quantity apparel order. We also want to team up with Graphic Designers who want to start to get their designs out, as we are always in the need of new logos as well.
 
6. What would you like to say to the people who are reading this blog?
Just that we’d love to work with anyone who has this need for apparel – and we mean anyone, for the individual gift to your team, we can offer the ability to replace or add an item without having to buy extra or tie up additional funds. We take each item as if it was our own, and we won’t rest until your happy. Customer Satisfaction isn’t a sometimes thing, it’s an all the time thing. 
 
7. If people were interested in either finding out more about your business or in fact contacting you about making purchases, how would they go about doing that?
The best bet now is our Facebook page www.facebook.com/kb2clothing or via our Instagram or Twitter @KB2Clothing and if you just want to chat retail  – would love to talk anytime KB2Clothing@gmail.com 
8. Anything else you’d like to add Jeffery?
Just want to thank you Chuck for this opportunity, it’s a passion of mine and I hope to work with as many people as possible who have a need for low volume, no minimum apparel. 
For a view of how an exclusive website looks – you can check the KB2 Branded Store at http://kb2clothing.deco-apparel.com/shop/category/KB2-Clothing-Branded-Apparel-?c=1722562&ctype=0 

Saturday Morning, pre-blizzard, random thoughts; by Chuck Duboff

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  • Get ready Winnipeg, it looks like we are in for one whopper of a blizzard.  If it’s going to hit us, don’t be a half assed blizzard…shut the city down for a few days.  Now that’s a blizzard.
  • That being said…February 15th can’t come fast enough for me.
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  • It has been fascinating seeing the computer models tracking this storm for almost a week and they pretty much have nailed it.
  • Wishing all my friends in Winnipeg, across Canada, the US, Mexico, Cuba, Spain and anywhere else I’ve missed…a very Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas.
  • Congratulations to my friend Al Bryski, who sold out the initial  printing of his just released first book: Saskatchewan Farm Boy.  A second printing is underway and copies will be available for purchase at McNally Robinson.
  • Watching Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Nik Ehlers play together, takes me back to the days of Hull, Hedberg and Nillson…Ehlers first goal Thursday reminded me so very much of Hedberg flying down the right wing and scoring on a fabulous wrist shot:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUd2VNpgs0
  • Nice being able to help out former students in whatever way possible.
  • Interesting to see discussions which occur following the publishing of a blog; it’s pretty easy by now to tell which readers will respond and what their attitudes will be.
  • Donald Trump: taking the United States back to the 1950’s.
  • Please explain to me the love affair with a despot like Vladamir Putin.
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  • Kind of surreal that I have a daughter who is now 39 years old; hard to process…but so very blessed to have her in my life.
  • Really enjoying reading the Bryan Cranston autobiography; what an interesting man.
  • 2016…you have royally sucked!!!!  Leave Carrie Fischer alone…get well soon Ms. Fischer.
  • As I have said to many…the last 21 minutes of the Jets win over Vancouver this past Thursday evening…that team could beat anybody!!  The young guns taking over the team; think about this…the Jets first goal of the game:  Trouba passes to Scheif who passes to Ehlers who passes to Laine for another electric goal.  Those are four first round picks by the Jets folks…how exciting is that.  Now if Coach Maurice could just find a way to get the team to play 60 minute hockey.  We need a long winning streak to get the confidence to another level.
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  • The Miriam-Webster Dictionary definition of megalomaniaa delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.  If this doesn’t describe Donald Trump, I don’t know what does.  Watching what is unfolding right now with Trump and Putin is so very reminiscent of the 1930’s…it’s time for the world to wake up.
  • Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 15th.
  • Though it causes one to pause, at times we must purge people from our lives…those who contribute nothing and only bring you down…bye, bye.  I’d rather have a small strong circle of friends, than a flimsy circle of inconvenient acquaintances.
  • Time to head down to the gym for 45 minutes weights and 45 on treadmill!!
  • INVITATION: January 1st, New Year’s Day…my birthday; it is a tradition on this day to have family and friends over for birthday cake…I’d like to extend an invitation to any of my wonderful friends to join us that afternoon at my condo…let me know and i can get you my address; I know my friend Al and I will be toasting the New Year with a shot of some special Tequila I brought home last winter.  Look forward to seeing you next Sunday…and saying goodbye to the nightmare that was: 2016!!happy-new-year-party-banner-2017

Chuck & Geoff’s eclectic blog update.

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After a brief holiday…Geoff and I will be returning with our eclectic blog tomorrow morning.

We appreciate the incredible support we receive; in the 2 1/2 years since we started writing this blog, we have had 49,228 views and now have 1,085 followers.  Geoff and I often joke about the early days when we were thrilled to get 15 views in a day and have 20 followers. To receive 200-400 views in a day is now not unusual.  Your continued support of our ramblings, inspires us to pursue our joy of writing.

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Summer, 2011, just after the Jets had returned.

 

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Hard at work on the blog at the cabin out in Falcon

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…and then having a cold one.

 

 

 

 

 

Soul brothers: the Return of the Nordiques…an eerie similarity to the Return of the Jets…by Geoff Brookes

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Fans of the Winnipeg Jets have a lot in common with fans of the Quebec
Nordiques.

The two hockey clubs were original World Hockey Association (WHA) teams, starting in 1972, along with the Edmonton Oilers and the New England Whalers (aka the
Hartford Whalers).

The Jets and the Nordiques had several great seasons in the WHA, including a memorable 1977 final where the Nordiques triumphed over the Jets in 7 games.  Both teams won WHA championships, with great teams based on speed and skill.

The Jets and the Nordiques have had great European players over the years. The Jets had the Swedes, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg, during the 1970s WHA years, and then Teemu Selanne in the 1990s. Les Nordiques had the Stastny brothers, Peter, Anton and Marian.

Both teams had lean years in the NHL, and both teams built talented
contenders, after the lean years.

Both cities lost their NHL teams, at just about the same time (1995-96).

Winnipeg saw the return of their beloved Jets in May 2011.

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Five years later, there are many indications that Quebec fans will see the return of their beloved Nordiques.

This blog is being written for all those Nordiques fans who are frantically
following every news story this year, looking for any clues as to when, and
how, the Nordiques will return.

In Manitoba, we understand. We’ve lived through that agonizing waiting period, where rumours abound, but
confirmation is nowhere to be found.

In both Winnipeg and Quebec, we are  passionate fans who endured the sadness of our teams’ departures, without any prospect of a return.

Now, the tantalizing possibility of the Nordiques’ return is painful for their fans, especially when faced with begrudging acknowledgements, or outright denials.

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At least with the Jets, the possibility of the relocation of Phoenix was openly acknowledged, as the NHL used Winnipeg as leverage for a better deal for the Coyotes – even if the possibility of Atlanta relocating was initially disputed by the NHL.
It seems like the NHL saw how it lost “control” of the news story with the return of the Jets, and has vowed not to make the same “mistake” again with Quebec. The potential parallels are fascinating, because both the Jets new ownership, as well as the Nordiques’ potential new ownership, have news media in their business empires. The truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

My message to my friends in Quebec is simple – yes, your Nordiques will return soon!

More importantly – please do not lose your sense of your security in this truth, in the agony of this “before time”. Your Nordiques will return – “soon”.

My evidence for this is not from any private sources, on my part. You have many of these already, and they are all telling you the same thing – that the Nordiques are returning. You have public media telling you this, as well as private individuals with multiple credible sources. I beg you not to question these media or private individuals, in connection with the official denials.

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My own conclusions are based on the available facts:

1. Gary Bettman has publicly said that an NHL team needs an NHL arena, solid ownership and supportive fans. Quebec is the only market in the world that clearly has all three of these right now, without already having a team. (Las Vegas’ fan base is still unproven at this point, even if they should obtain a franchise).

2. My understanding is that Quebec has entered into contracts to make upgrades to their new arena  to make it NHL-ready. This might seem odd to some readers, who might know that Quebec’s arena was completed just one year ago. But there are final changes that would only be made when the NHL franchise is imminent. The same kind of changes were made to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre in the spring of 2011 – even before the NHL was “officially” returning. On the Jets’ fan website in early 2011, this was very exciting news. Yes, I understand that the public explanation for the Quebec arena modifications is that they are “routine”, but it sounds similar to the MTS Centre in 2011, at least in a broad sense (the technical details may be slightly different).

3. Where there is smoke, there is fire. In addition to the private individuals with sources, public figures such as Vincent Cauchon, Martin McGuire and Dany Dubé have said that a relocation from Carolina to Quebec is being explored and may occur. Others, such as Darren Dreger have discussed the “whispers” of possible relocation. Public media (e.g. Pat Hickey) are reporting the rumours.

But what about the categorical denial from the Hurricanes’ owner, Peter Karmanos? Doesn’t this end the discussion?

No.

You might ask me, “Why would you say ‘no’? Isn’t that a bit pig-headed or obtuse on my part, that I would disregard the owner’s flat-out denial?”

No. I’ll explain.

I’ll accept that Karmanos’ denial may be accurate, in some sense, at the moment that he said it. However, it doesn’t settle the matter forever. At some point in the future, an owner might choose to sell his shares, or a part of them. At some future date, he might agree to move the team to another location. It’s an obvious fact that this has happened before with Peter Karmanos and the Hurricanes, when they moved from Hartford to Carolina. It also happened before, when the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg.

“Time Is a variable” (my own expression).

In his May 19, 2011 article in the Globe and Mail, Stephen Brunt broke the news that his sources had told him that the Atlanta Thrashers had been sold to True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE), that the NHL had unofficially pre-approved the sale “months ago” (per the radio interview on TSN 1290), and that the team would be moved to Winnipeg.

Nevertheless, the denials were immediate and universal, by the NHL and even TNSE. Despite the radio interview with Stephen Brunt on 1290 AM in Winnipeg, radio personalities on that same station downplayed the report in subsequent days, stating that the deal was perhaps (now) being worked on, but was not yet completed. Finally, on  May 31, the official announcement was made.

I am not trying to discredit anyone, least of all TNSE, who brought the Jets back to Winnipeg, or Stephen Brunt who bravely broke the news 12 days early. Nor am I trying to discredit anyone today, whether it be Vincent Cauchon or Peter Karmanos. My point is that public statements may be subject to interpretation, depending on how you view the question, or the answer. The answer may be true in some sense, depending on the timing. Or, the answer might simply be required in the circumstances, for practical reasons.

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LOCAL/SPORTS – Jets fans celebrate at Portage and Main. BORIS MINKEVICH/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS APRIL 9, 2015

The Stephen Brunt radio interview may be found here (you may have to enlarge your screen to click on the small blue link to the interview on this page):

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So, should Nordiques fans lose hope based on Peter Karmanos’ angry denial? No. Does it mean that Carolina won’t be moving to Quebec?  Maybe. But it really doesn’t rule it out completely, either. It could still happen.

Another encouraging thought for Nordiques fans from the Winnipeg Jets fans’ experiences in 2010-2011: “eyes in two directions”. This meant that if one possibility was denied (such as the Coyotes), another one might be available (such as the Thrashers). I don’t know if this is the future outcome for the return of the Nordiques, but it’s a theoretical possibility.

So, you might ask, is there anything that I know for certain, or do I have nothing more than “platitudes” for my friends in “la belle province”?

Go back to the three points listed above. Taken together, I believe it is 100% certain that the Nordiques are returning.

I believe that some things are never admitted in public, but I “know”, as a businessman, that QMI would not build *that* arena on a whim.

I believe that the recent rumours have substance, whether all of the details are right (or not). I would be shocked if a businessman like Karmanos wouldn’t at least listen to an offer for his shares (especially when he has moved the franchise before). And if one listens, one may accept.

Does that mean it will be the Hurricanes? I know that there are people (more than one person ) who have sources who say it is the Hurricanes. I have no objective reason to doubt them, or their sources, despite Karmanos’ denial.

If it is ultimately another franchise that relocates to Quebec, or an expansion franchise, does that mean that the sources were wrong? No. It could just mean that unexpected changes arose.  For example, some sources attest to a rumour that a press conference was canceled with just 15 minutes notice in 2010, in which the Jets’ return would have been publicly announced – one full year before the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg. Does that mean that the people that said that there would be a press conference were somehow “wrong”? Of course not! It just didn’t happen that way at that time, for reasons that could not be predicted.

Some people may feel that my message to my friends in Quebec is not as encouraging as they might have hoped. I mean this in the most encouraging way possible! You will get your team! As one Nordiques fan and chronicler has stated, “Nous aurons notre équipe!”. You will indeed have your team, and very soon! I may not know exactly how, or exactly when, but I am certain that you *will* have it!

And, as a fan of the Winnipeg Jets since 1972, I really can’t wait to see “our Jets” play “vos Nordiques”, once again!

Best of 7, anyone, for the cup? The Stanley Cup, this time!

Vive les Nordiques en 2016!

Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada, Jets beat Habs 4-2 …by Chuck Duboff

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“Scoring a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens on Hockey Night in Canada, it’s kind of one of those things that you dream of as a kid so I’m definitely pretty jacked up right now,” said Scheifele. “It’s unbelievable. It’s just something that you dream about.”

  • So psyched going to the game with Laine; Jets-Habs, Hockey Night in Canada, my granddaughter and I …how great is that!!
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  • Great seeing Josh Morrisey get to play his first NHL game…he sure was emotional in his press conference; was able to call his parents and they caught a flight to the ‘peg to witness his first game
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  • There’s always a buzz in the air when the Habs are in town; it boggles my mind seeing all the Canadians’ jerseys at the game.  But, I will say this: the Habs fans may cheer for their team, but at least they are not obnoxious like Leafs’ fans.  A lot more class.  That being said, it sure is sweet beating the Habs on Saturday night, Hockey NIght in Canada.
  • If PK Suban is being paid $9 million a year, then Big Buff should have held out for $15 million a year.  I’ll take Buff 8 days a week…Suban is nothing more than a hot dog with a big shot.
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  • This is why first round picks are so important…watching Scheif’s development from a raw rookie to a first line Centre…that’s what makes a winning team; other first rounders for the Jets: Trouba, Ehlers, Morrisey…while last year’s first round pick, Kyle Conner is dominating US College Hockey…the Jets are doing it the right way…it may be a frustrating season this year, but the future is bright (never hurts when a fourth round pick like Lowrey makes it, when Conner Hellybucyk, a 5th rounder, turns out to be a future star).
  • Mark Scheifele was the Jets first pick, eighth overall, in their first season back in the NHL.  I have been a fan from Day 1.  Watching the way the Jets let him develop from a raw rookie to a first line, star centre, should be textbook for all teams on the draft and develop model.  Scheif is a rink rat…24/7 hockey…goes to intensive fitness camps in the summer, has NHL Hall of Famer Adam Oates as his personal coach…so great watching his development.
  • Jets had a day off last week…what did Scheif do: found an outdoor rink and played pick up hockey with the kids: “This is the way hockey should be, man I love Winnipeg.”
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  • Then last night, Scheif got his first NHL hat trick…all his hard work, his talent, all blossoming…such a joy to see the smile on his face and how happy his team mates are for him:  Byfuglian:  “Hey, don’t forget, I made that pass that got you your third goal kid!!” in only a way Big Buff could do it!!
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  • And with that…the Jets beat the Montreal Canadians 4-2…Saturday night…Hockey Night in Canada.  Pretty darn sweet in a season when we won’t be playing playoff hockey.
  • Though I am missing the beaches, sunshine, mountains and people of Mexico terribly, getting to spend last night at the MTS Centre with Laine and watching her go bonkers when Scheif got his hat trick…well for this one night, the beaches of Mexico took second place to the excitement at the Jets game.
  • To top it all off…the NHL big shots will be in Winnipeg today to announce an outdoor game for Winnipeg in late October between the Jets and Oilers.  Dale Hawerchuk has already been named captain of the Jets Alumni team…that will be so much fun!!!

Purpose served.

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End of this blog.
Time to say good bye.

As Jim Morrison sang:

“This is the end…my friend.”

Good bye to the 684 regular followers of this blog.
Thank you for the 33,008 views of this blog.

The time has come…

My final message through this medium…

Beware the fascist like campaign of Stephen Harper; he is taking Canada down a dangerous path…which few Canadians are paying attention to. His ugly racism, fear mongering and spying/reporting on fellow Canadians…has made this a Canada I don’t even recognize anymore. Shame on you Mr. Harper, shame on you!!”

Good bye to all those who have taken time to read this Blog.

You are missed so very much Lisa…you were my muse…life isn’t the same without you.

Lisa!!!

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”… Neil Young