January 19, 2013
Winnipeg Jets fans deserve hard-working team that makes the playoffs
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel instructs players during practice in Winnipeg, Man. Friday Jan. 18, 2013. BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

WINNIPEG - I’ve always held a theory about the kind of hockey team that would best represent this city, and it’s not the one that came from Atlanta.

I believe it’s the one Mark Chipman, Kevin Cheveldayoff, Craig Heisinger and Claude Noel are trying to build, though.

A team that reflects the town.

Blue-collar. Resilient. Even scrappy.

But not always pretty.

A team that might never lead the NHL in high-end talent, but will often lead it in high-end effort, will always strap its work boots on and leave the other guys wishing they’d played somebody else.


One that doesn’t cut corners, and has no trouble going into them.

Going into the Jets’ second season, the Year 1 honeymoon faded in the rear view, it’s safe to say the expectations in this town have changed.

“Just happy to be here,” might have described the feeling last year.

But it’ll no longer do.

Players and coaches sense it.

“They should change a little bit,” Noel said, Friday.


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