Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Call-up Chiarot beaten to punch

Girlfriend got news on Jets stint before he could deliver it

  • Print

ST. LOUIS -- Ben Chiarot has waited a while for this. And so when the phone buzzed for his first call-up to the National Hockey League, naturally, he thought first of calling his mom and dad.

But by the time he got to calling his girlfriend with the news -- he was with the St. John's IceCaps in Providence, not in Newfoundland -- she has already got wind of his change of address, temporary as it may be.

"I called my girlfriend... she actually found out from (Patrice Cormier's) girlfriend, so she wasn't too happy that she had to hear it from one of the other girlfriends about it," said Chiarot with a sly grin Tuesday morning at Scottrade Center. "She knew before I actually told her so she wasn't too happy."

Chiarot was summoned from the Rock after the Jets placed Paul Postma on the injured-reserve list, retroactive to Oct. 27. Postma is out indefinitely because of a blood clot in his leg. The 22-year-old Hamilton product, originally selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, has five points (2G, 3A) in nine games with the IceCaps this season but it's the simplification of his game -- not the offensive production -- that got him promoted.

"At the end of the (Jets') camp Chevy (Kevin Cheveldayoff) and Zinger (Craig Heisinger) told me how they wanted me to play. Last year I wasn't really doing what they wanted me to do, so this year I just decided to stick with it," said Chiarot. "They said that if I do that I'm a lot more valuable to them than doing what I was doing.

"It's just keeping it really simple, moving the puck as quick as I can and playing physical. In the past I've rushed the puck and I'd be all over the ice. They're not looking for me to do that so I've just been sticking with what they want me to do and that's what's got me here."

And, just FYI, like Cormier before him when the call came for Chiarot to join the Jets he was watching a movie. The flick?

"Bad Grandpa," said Chiarot. "It wasn't my choice."

BUSY, BUSY: St. Louis was rocking Monday night with both a World Series game between the Cardinals and Boston Red Sox and Monday Night Football contest featuring the Rams and Seattle Seahawks engulfing the downtown.

Some of the Jets, including Eric Tangradi, managed to score baseball tickets.

"There was definitely a lot of buzz in the city. It was really neat," said Tangradi. "I don't think there are many times you'll be able to say you made it to a World Series game. We were able to scoop up some tickets. I definitely needed some binoculars from my seat, but I can tell people I was there."

HONEST ONDREJ: Ondrej Pavelec when asked about all the shootouts he had been involved in prior to Tuesday's contest:

"That's the way it is. It's not a thing you can control, but there have been a lot of shootouts so far. It's part of the game."

Pavelec, asked if he was starting to feel more comfortable with the game-ending skills competition:

"I still hate it." Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 30, 2013 C3

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


The Whiteboard - Evolution of Winnipeg Jets' Adam Lowry

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009
  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local-(Standup photo)- A wood duck swims through the water with fall refections in Kildonan Park Thursday afternoon.

View More Gallery Photos


What do you think the punishment should be for Dustin Byfuglien's cross-check on New York Rangers forward J. T. Miller?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google