September 22nd 2017 vs Portage Terriers Game #1
Welcome back…………. The Winnipeg Blues organization would like to welcome everyone back for another exciting season of Winnipeg Blues hockey. This season will see the Blues play just two of their first 10 games at home. The longest home-stand for the Blues is four games (3 times). The longest stretch Winnipeg will be away from Bell MTS Iceplex is five games (Oct. 6-13th). The Blues are off from December 22nd to January 6th). Tickets are just $12.00 – Adult $10.00 – Senior (60 and older), $8.00 – Student (11 and older), Free Admission – Children 10 years of age and younger. All regular season home games will be at the Bell MTS Iceplex.
The Week Ahead…………… The Winnipeg Blues begin the 2017/18 regular season tonight in the first game of a home-and-home series against the defending MJHL champion Portage Terriers. The Blues were 1-4-1 against the Terriers last season. @ Portage Terriers……..After tonight the Blues will hit the road for three straight games beginning Sunday night with a rematch against the Terriers. @ Winkler Flyers…………… Winnipeg heads to Winkler Tuesday night to face the Flyers. The Blues finished 1-4-1 against Winkler last season. @Virden Oil Capitals……….. The Blues wrap up their September schedule with a trip to Virden to face the Oil Caps. The Blues held the edge in the season series last year with a record of 4-2-0. Next home game…………for the Blues is Sunday, October 1st when they welcome the Winkler Flyers to Bell MTS Iceplex for the first time this season. Puck drop is 6:30pm.
2016/17 in a glance………. The Blues finished 2016/17 in sixth place with a record of 27-27-3-3 (60pts). Winnipeg was eliminated in five games in the first round of the playoffs by the OCN Blizzard. Winnipeg scored 193 goals (6th most), allowed 202 goals (7th most). Dexter Kuczek led the Blues in scoring with 67 points (30g, 37a The Blues had six players from last season’s club graduate: Geordie Keane, Rhett Lough, Kristjon Finnson, Nick Prouty, Adam Wowryk, and Michael Forseth.
Changes to Annual Showcase……… The Saskatchewan Jr A Hockey League and the Manitoba Jr A Hockey League announced the 1st MJHL/SJHL Showcase. The Showcase will be held at the Co-operators Center in Regina, January 15th and 16th, 2018. The Showcase will feature the top 60 players from each league. The 3 teams from each league will consist of players from the ages 16 to 20 years of age selected by the coaches from each league. One team will be comprised of players who are 18 and under. The other two teams will be made up of players who are 19 and 20 years of age. Each team in the event will play two games
Around the MJHL…………… The MJHL is launching a new mobile app this season, providing fans with real-time scoring data, game scores, schedules, standings, player and goal statistics. The mobile app is available for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets. Other options available to users will be notifications for their favourite team, as well as two of their favourite players. A number of other junior leagues are currently using the same mobile app, notably the BCHL and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
2016/17 League Leaders……… Points 97 Jeremy Leipsic (Portage)
Goals 36 Justin Metcalf (Neepawa)
Assists 65 Jeremy Leipsic (Portage)
2016/17 Blues Leaders………… Points 67 Dexter Kuczek
Goals 30 Dexter Kuczek
Assists 37 Dexter Kuczek