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Dump & Chase

The view from the beach… and the press box

We're baaaaaaack. Well, sort of.

While Mike's been covering the Jets with a blanket early in 2019 — from Pittsburgh back to Winnipeg to his current post in St. Paul — Jay’s been frolicking in the Mexican sand and surf.

Of course, he’s still paid close attention the local hockey club.

The sports bars of Bucerias wisely ensure their TVs are tuned in to each and every Winnipeg contest — they know Jets fans will drop by in droves.

Jay took in three games at three different open-air bars, all packed with Jets faithful.

Perogy-stuffed jumbo Jet dogs and Timbits were replaced by fish tacos and jalapeño poppers.

Over at Goalies, fans in Jets T-shirts and hats bashed Connor Hellebuyck last Friday for surrendering a few flukey goals in the Penguins 4-0 win. They drowned their sorrows in Caesars served by an hombre in a Toby Enstrom jersey.

Two nights later at the Copper Bar, they sang Hellebuyck’s praises and raised their strawberry margaritas in celebration of the re-emergence of Winnipeg’s firepower in a 5-1 triumph over the visiting Dallas Stars. 

And on Tuesday, they roared their approval after every tally — and the Budweiser goal light was given a workout — at Barchelata as the Jets dumped the Colorado Avalanche 7-4. 

Heading into Thursday’s Jets-Wild tilt, we knew Mike would be high above the ice surface in St. Paul, but the location of Jay’s beachside bar stool had yet to be be determined.

So many nachos, so little time.

Now please enjoy the latest calorie-free serving of Dump & Chase.


Former NHLer Ryan Carter got quite the workout the other day after he got stuck in an elevator in Boston — and immediately took to social media to share his experience with followers.

The former member of the Wild, Devils, Panthers, Ducks and Hurricanes, who is now part of the Minnesota television broadcast crew, managed to pass the time in a variety of humorous ways, including fielding calls from Wild players Ryan Suter and Alex Stalock.

Help eventually arrived and Carter was a free man, albeit a bit late for the team bus.

Next time, maybe take the stairs.


Hopefully all our readers had a terrific holiday season. We certainly did, but we admit we're quite excited to get back to work.

In fact, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov pretty much summed up our feelings after posting a 54-save shutout for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

We both threw out our backs and pulled muscles we didn't know we had just watching this.



Of course, we know not everybody is happy to get back into routine. Like this kid, in particular, who made his views crystal clear to Winnipeg's Adam Lowry on New Year's Eve in Edmonton.



Is this the most Canadian marriage proposal in history?

Just like the woman featured in the video, we'd have to say "YES!"


The calendar has flipped to a new year, every team has passed the midway mark of their schedule and we're about to start seeing who the real contenders are and who the pretenders are.

This kid is clearly trying to get a real close look.

In our latest NHL power rankings, we take a look at who's hot — and who's not. (Last month's ranking in brackets)

Tampa Bay (2)

Calgary (T6)

Toronto (1)

Winnipeg (T4)

Nashville (3)

San Jose (9)

Vegas (14)

Washington (T6)

Pittsburgh (T16)

Boston (T10)

Columbus (T10)

Buffalo (T6)

NY Islanders (15)

Dallas (T10)

Montreal (T19)

Colorado (T4)

Carolina (18)

Minnesota (13)

Florida (T24)

Vancouver (28)

Anaheim (T16)

NY Rangers (T19)

Edmonton (T19)

Chicago (T30)

New Jersey (27)

St. Louis (29)

Arizona (22)

Los Angeles (T30)

Detroit (23)

Philadelphia (T24)

Ottawa (26)

BIGGEST JUMP: Vancouver, Vegas, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Florida

BIGGEST FALL: Colorado, Detroit, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Ottawa


Jets fans love to hate him, especially following last spring's memorable seven-game playoff series. But there's no denying that off the ice, P.K. Subban is a big personality and one of the great ambassadors of the sport.

And so when the Nashville Predators defenceman heard about a 13-year-old hockey player who was subjected to racist taunts, Subban recorded an encouraging video and privately sent it his way. The parents of the boy went public with it.

For this, Subban gets our First, Second AND Third Stars of the week.



In another heartwarming video, a big stick tap to members of Vancouver Spirit, a peewee hockey team, that raised more than $1,400 to sponsor a family over Christmas, which includes plenty of gifts and a delicious dinner with all the trimmings.

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Not only did The Spirit raise over $1400 to provide a family in need a full Christmas experience as a part of their @chevroletcanada #gooddeedscup initiative. Santa’s little helpers went out and purchased the gifts on the family’s wish list, brought them back to the workshop, and wrapped them themselves! Showing teamwork on and off the ice, they got all the work done in no time. Now it’s time to hop in the sleigh and deliver the gifts! Plus use the extra funds for our next good deed. A big thank you from the team to everyone who gave during our fundraising! . . . . . . #vmha #hockey #gooddeeds #giveback #volunteer #gratitude #christmas #christmasspirit #vancouver #yvr #eastvan #vancity #vancitybuzz #gifts #minorhockey #hockeylife #canada @cbcvancouver @ctvvancouver @globalbc @dailyhivevancouver @georgiastraight @vancouriernews @canucks @nhl @hockeynight @vanminorhockey @viawesome

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Members of the Spirit then continued to do good deeds after learning their beloved coach, Stephen Gillis, recently developed a rare kidney disease called IGA nephrotathy and is need of a kidney donor.

The players put together an Instagram video that quickly went viral, calling potential donors to come forward.

All the best to coach Stephen.


From seeing the best of the sport above to hearing about the worst of the game below.

A minor hockey referee recently took to Twitter to detail an encounter he had with a lunatic hockey parent. 

Unfortunately, none of this surprises us. We've been around the sport for many years as both parents and minor coaches ourselves, and have seen no shortage of stupidity at the rink.

Still, what Matt Bell had to say is important. And hopefully serves as a much-needed reminder and/or wake-up call for all those who need it.



OK, let's quickly cleanse our palate of that nastiness with a delightful video featuring one of the best intermission promotions we've ever seen.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, presenting a wiener dog race!

Yes, the Atlanta Gladiators — the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins — thrilled their friends with this hotly contested competition during a recent game, complete with a come-from-behind victory.



There's nothing we, as sports journalists, hate more than cliches. Yet so many players use them as a crutch when speaking, trotting out the same tired phrases time after time.

At least they recognize what they're doing — and have a sense of humour about it.


A few quick snapshots to finish off the week.

Firstly, we whole-heartedly agree with Pete Blackburn that this is the kind of content we crave when it comes to ref-cams. This hilarious exchange was captured in the recently completed World Junior Championship in British Columbia.

Of course, absolutely NOTHING that happened in the annual holiday tournament will top this bizarre situation, the likes of which we've never seen before — and might never see again.

Finally, we figure most of our readers fall into one of the two categories brilliantly captured in the background of a recent NHL scrap.

Question is, which one are YOU?



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And: follow "Dump" and "Chase" — a.k.a. Mike and Jason — on Twitter.

Mike is @mikemcintyrewpg, while Jason can be found @WFPJasonBell

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