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Jeff Dodgson 1969-2015

Posted by Dave Springett on December 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

 WINNIPEG--It is with great sadness that Heartbreakers Hockey Club announce the passing of Jeff Dodgson. He died Friday night at the age of 46 at the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg following a lengthy illness. Jeff played on the 2012 Heartbreakers European Tour that visited Finland, Sweden and Russia. All our players are deeply saddened by Jeff's passing, our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife, Andrea, and their two children at this extremely difficult time.






Russians Fined By IIHF

Posted by Dave Springett on August 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

ZURICH-August 24 - The Russian Hockey Federation was fined Monday over the national team snubbing Canada's victory celebrations after the world championship final.


The sport's governing body, IIHF, said the Russian players deliberately left the ice before Canada's national anthem was played after a signal from captain Ilya Kovalchuk.


The Russian federation had claimed its players had been confused after the rink-side gate was left open and took that as a signal to leave following the 6-1 loss in May in Prague.


But after studying video evidence, the IIHF said Kovalchuk gave an "unmistakable head gesture" as signal for teammates to skate off the ice early after collecting their silver medals. They did not stay to hear the Canadian anthem and watch the flags of the three medallist countries being raised.


"This was exceptional as no other team has ever left the ice before the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship medal ceremony was completed," the Zurich-based body said.


The IIHF fined the Russian hockey federation 80,000 Swiss francs ($113, 000) after accepting it had apologized to Canadian officials.


The IIHF ruled that the open rink-side gate was "irrelevant" and noted that Russian players and officials were aware of tournament rules "because of their vast experience."


"The panel is of the opinion that the occurrences on the ice show that this is not a result of an unfortunate misunderstanding" as Russia claimed, the IIHF said.


Kovalchuk, the former Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils forward, was not sanctioned ahead of his country hosting the 2016 worlds.


Kovalchuk retired from the NHL in 2013 to join SKA St. Petersburg ahead of the Sochi Olympics, where Canada won the gold medal.


He had signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with the Devils after being traded from the Thrashers in 2010 but left after three seasons.

Amazing Race Canada-Women's Hockey

Posted by Dave Springett on August 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

WINNIPEG-I don't usually watch "The Amazing Race Canada", but it was filmed in Winnipeg, so I thought I'll have a look.  The 2 girls from the Olympic Team have been quite good at all the tasks...well, except for hockey.....

From the Toronto Star:

To Puck It, teams had to go to the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, stickhandle the puck between four cones and score five goals in five different parts of the net, including the notorious “five hole” (the space between the goalie’s legs).

Well, duh, Natalie and Meaghan chose Puck It, as did Pierre and Michel, Mickey and Pete, and Sukhi and Jinder, even though Sukhi had never skated before.

Alain and Audrey were all set to Puck It until they realized that the Olympians hadn’t grabbed the Fast Forward that was also available in the clue envelope. The Fast Forward can help a team get ahead, but it can also leave them far behind if they don’t complete the task, so it’s a risk.

Alain and Audrey were willing to chance it and headed to The Cube, a building in the Exchange District, where they were directed to find seven vintage commercial signs on the sides of buildings in a six-block area that was full of them and fill in missing words from each sign on a piece of paper.

Back at the MTS Centre, the Olympians aced their first four goals but hadn’t yet scored the five hole. By then, Sukhi and Jinder had arrived (Sukhi could barely move in skates let alone score), then the twins and the dudes (Mickey and Pete, that is).

Michel scored the five hole on his first shot; Natalie missed it again on the 39th. “I suck at hockey,” she said as mascot Mick E. Moose clutched his head in disbelief. The brothers made all five goals in 11 shots; the ladies missed again on their 46th. “We were faster than two Olympic gold medallists,” crowed Michel.

They weren’t the only ones. Mickey and Pete got the five hole on shot 9. Finally, at 57 shots, Natalie hit the spot.

The only thing that would have made it worse would have been Sukhi and Jinder finishing before them. That didn’t happen, but the siblings needed just 39 shots to get five goals, still less than the Olympians. They took particular satisfaction in the task. “Our father’s dream was for us to be Canadian and, seriously, you can’t get any more Canadian than hockey,” Sukhi said.

Team Canada 100th Anniversary Jersey

Posted by Dave Springett on July 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hockey Canada’s 100th Anniversary jersey is an emblem of Canada’s passion for the game, rooted deep within our nation’s rich culture surrounding hockey. The 100th Anniversary of Hockey Canada is a unique moment in Canadian hockey history and provides Canadians with the opportunity to celebrate our past successes while also looking to the future.


The 100th Anniversary jersey is the perfect representation of the pride that Canadians feel when they look back and reflect on our country’s deep and rich history in hockey.


The Hockey Canada 100th Anniversary jersey features three elements that are uniquely Canadian, including the traditional Hockey Canada colours, the Hockey Canada stickman logo along with the 100th Anniversary logo, and the bold and iconic two stripes.


The 100th Anniversary logo design by Hockey Canada is unique to this jersey and the small Hockey Canada neckline logo is unique to the Canadian jersey as no other jersey of IIHF nations has a federation mark in this location.


The diagonal lettering of “Canada” on the jersey is unique retro look that has not been used by Canada for over 40 years.


The jersey is made from 73% recycled polyester as part of Nike’s commitment to produce performance apparel with a reduced environmental impact

2014 Team Canada Jerseys

Posted by Dave Springett on October 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Today Hockey Canada, in partnership with Nike, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, unveiled the new hockey jerseys for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. These Canadian hockey jerseys will be worn exclusively in competition by the men's, women's and sledge hockey teams representing Canada.


Tragedy At Sunday Hockey

Posted by Dave Springett on October 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

WINNIPEG-Tragedy struck the Heartbreakers on Sunday September 29 as first year player Ross Galbraith, 55, suffered a heart attack during the first game of the season. Heartbreakers players as well as an off-duty paramedic and nurse provided immediate life saving measures until the ambulance arrived, but despite everyone’s best efforts, Ross sadly passed away later that evening at St. Boniface Hospital.


Ross grew up in Rosser Manitoba and graduated from Red River College. He was employed by several industrial manufacturers as a sales representative. Most recently Met Con Engineering of Toronto. Ross was owner of Rossco Sports & Collectibles and was an avid sports enthusiast playing hockey, baseball and curling. A true Manitoban he supported the Jets and Blue Bombers. His son Kevin says "The ice in heaven never needs to be cleaned, skate on dad."


All the Heartbreakers players would like to thank Holly, Jocelyn and the City of Winnipeg Fire/Paramedics for their heroic efforts to save Ross and also would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Ross’ family and friends on their tragic loss.

The Jets Are Back

Posted by Dave Springett on June 24, 2011 at 9:09 PM Comments comments (0)

WINNIPEG JUNE 24-True North Sports & Entertainment Limited today announced the name of the new NHL franchise in Winnipeg will be called the “Winnipeg Jets”. The Jets name has a long history in Winnipeg dating back to the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) and the National Hockey League (1979-1996) professional franchises.


“We are thrilled to be using a name that has so much history in our city and means so much to our fans” said Mark Chipman, Chairman of the Board, True North Sports & Entertainment. “Our fans clearly indicated to us the passion they hold for the name since we acquired the franchise.”


Logos and jerseys are still in the process of being developed and will be unveiled at a later date.


True North also announced that, effective immediately, fans can use their new website url www.winnipegjets.com for a direct link to their already-launched NHL website.

Thursday Hockey Fees May Rise Next Season

Posted by Dave Springett on March 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM Comments comments (0)

By PAUL TURENNE, Winnipeg Sun

A proposed 22% jump in the cost of ice time rentals at city-run rinks will result in a substantial hit to the wallets of Winnipeg’s senior hockey players.


The proposal was contained in the city’s 2011 preliminary operating budget, which was tabled last Monday and goes to council for a vote later this month.


Among increases to more than 175 categories of recreational user fees are plans to boost youth ice time rental rates by 12% and adult rates by a whopping 22%, both effective July 1. The rate for prime time adult ice would climb to nearly $260 per hour including tax, which is among the highest rates in Canada’s major cities.


“It’s very steep,” said Kelly Clarke, president of the Winnipeg Women’s Hockey League, which uses three city rinks. “We have 18-year-old girls who are all in university and cost is a factor for sure.”


Rod Brockie, co-president of the Winnipeg Central Hockey League, said he figures the hike will increase the average annual fee for his league’s players from about $375 to roughly $450.


“If it was going back into the facilities I think they’d be a lot more comfortable with it, but everybody feels it’s just going into the city’s general revenues,” Brockie said.


Last April, an internal city report said the average condition of Winnipeg’s 15 municipally run rinks — all of which were built between 1960 and 1975 — is “nearing a crisis state” and it would cost millions just to maintain the status quo.


The report said the current single-rink model is “financially unsustainable,” which prompted the city to put out a call to the private sector for ideas about third-party management and multiplex rinks.


Coun. Gord Steeves, Winnipeg’s community services chair, said the city is still awaiting the results of that request for proposals.


Steeves said the proposed ice time rate hike is “not great, obviously,” but said the idea is to have the adults pay more so kids can pay less.


“The core service is primarily kids hockey. We don’t make money on our arenas, believe me,” Steeves said. “We’re subsidizing the kids using the rinks with adult costs because there are precious few recreational opportunities for kids in winter in this city.”


Brockie doesn’t agree with that strategy.


“The government of Canada is trying to get kids and adults more active, and adding more fees to the participation will cut into that,” he said. “Participation should be (for everyone), no matter what age.”

Black Jerseys for Team Canada

Posted by Dave Springett on November 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Team Canada will be wearing black jerseys at this year's Spengler Cup.


Team Canada - permanent Spengler Cup participants for 26 years - will be playing in black jerseys this year. "We expect this to have a wow effect", says Oliver Wyss of Ochsner Hockey, the company responsible for designing the Spengler Cup jerseys.


The Spengler Cup teams' jerseys are designed anew every year and, since last year, imitate the design of the participants' home league jerseys. By using this approach, the designers try to get the characteristics and the distinct fashion of the different countries across. The Russian teams thus play in rather conventional jerseys with quite a simple logo on the front. Team Canada's jerseys for this year's Spengler Cup have been designed in retro style.


 "We always try to come up with something new and use a design that's as attractive as possible", explains Oliver Wyss, Head of Merchandising of Ochsner Hockey in Embrach near Zurich.



Lelliott Answers The Call

Posted by Dave Springett on November 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM Comments comments (0)

WINNIPEG-November 20- Heartbreakers manager Dave Springett announced today that veteran Pat Lelliott answered the call for a defenseman and has been placed on the clubs active roster for the upcoming European tour. "It all just came together for me" Lelliott was quoted as saying. "I'm really looking forward to it".  The club leaves for Munich on January 20, 2011 for the five-game tour in Germany and Austria.

Zeller Oldies To Host Heartbreakers

Posted by Dave Springett on September 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM Comments comments (0)

WINNIPEG, Sept. 9--The Heartbreakers Hockey Club today announced that they will be playing the "Zeller Oldies" on Sunday January 23rd, 2011 in Zell Am See, Austria.  This will be the third time against the Oldies for the Heartbreakers, who lost both previous games in 1999 and 2006. Team manager Dave Springett adds "We are all looking forward to visiting Zell Am See again and competing against the Zeller Oldies. They are a very good team and are always wonderful hosts"  The four remaining games on the 2011 tour are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Heartbreakers & Hooters

Posted by Dave Springett on July 23, 2010 at 1:32 PM Comments comments (0)

WINNIPEG, July 23--Hooters Winnipeg requested our team photo for their "Sports Wall", and last night we had our first look at it. Not bad...thanks to manager Jason and Hooters girls Courtney and Natalie.




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