Coach Maurice bag skates playoff-less Jets

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada...

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last week. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

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Back and forth, and round and round the Winnipeg Jets went on Wednesday morning, chewing up the MTS Centre ice as head coach Paul Maurice barked out numbers from the centre ice dot.

“Four!” Maurice yelled, and three players would take off to do four laps around the nets, which mercifully kept moving closer to the blue-lines every few minutes.

“Three!” Maurice shouted after the last group of three had finished its four gruelling clockwise tours of the snowy ice.

The players would lift themselves off their sticks, which were resting on their knees, and off they would go again, each time a little slower than the previous one.

This went on for nearly an hour, which was a little surprising considering it was the team’s final practice of the season. The Jets will finish off their regular season with a home game Thursday night against Boston and a road contest Friday night in Calgary.


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