Fans’ last chance to watch practice

Today's sessions at MTS Iceplex open to public


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The pre-season games and today's practices at the MTS Iceplex are fans' only opportunity to watch the Winnipeg Jets in person before they begin the NHL's return to Winnipeg with the Oct. 9 season opener against Montreal.

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The pre-season games and today’s practices at the MTS Iceplex are fans’ only opportunity to watch the Winnipeg Jets in person before they begin the NHL’s return to Winnipeg with the Oct. 9 season opener against Montreal.

Today’s workouts at the Iceplex are scheduled for 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Winnipeg Free Press rink.

The Jets said Friday the Free Press rink will open at 8:30 a.m. The rink itself has a capacity of less than 2,000 fans.

CNS Larry Wong / Edmonton Journal Mark Scheifele (centre) celebrates his third-period goal against the Vancouver Canucks with teammates Jason Gregoire (left) and Shayne Wiebe at the 2011 Young Stars tournament in Penticton, B.C., on Thursday. Scheifele, the Jets' first-round draft pick, is making a very good impression with his performance.

All other Jets training camp workouts will be held at the MTS Centre and they’ll be closed to the public.

65 players start camp

The team is starting today’s camp with 65 players either under NHL contract, AHL contract to St. John’s or by invitation.

The list includes the majority of players who participated in the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars tournament in Penticton, B.C., earlier this week. The Jets rookies went 2-1 in their three games, scoring shutout wins over San Jose and Vancouver.

One of the headliners at the rookie tournament was Winnipeg’s first-round draft pick from June, 18-year-old centre Mark Scheifele, who has caught the eye of many, including head coach Claude Noel.

“He looked like a really good pick for us,” Noel said when asked about Scheifele’s move into the main camp. “It’s going to be an adjustment for him. He’s going to be nervous a little bit. It’s our job to make him feel comfortable and to put him in a position where he can succeed.

“We’re not going to sit there the first day and make full-fledged assessments on whether he’s going to be an NHL player this year or not.”

Ladd leads by hard work

There are few early conversations with Jets captain Andrew Ladd that go by without a question or three about leadership.

Ladd, who signed a new five-year contract with the Jets this summer, said he prefers to pick his spots with his teammates rather than offering daily orations.

“I think the best way to address the team is to go out there and show them how hard they need to work,” Ladd said. “And that’s a group effort.”

Shoulder hinders Fehr

One member of the Jets who’s in camp but will not be ready to participate in any of its full workouts or the Oct. 9 season-opener is right-winger Eric Fehr, who’s still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

The Winkler product, obtained by the Jets in a July trade, has been skating on his own and with the team’s trainers, and that will be his routine for the foreseeable future.

“The shoulder’s coming along as well as could be expected,” Fehr told reporters Friday. “I’d say I’m right on schedule.”

He said he didn’t want to put a date on his return but has taken the team’s medical and did the lower-body fitness tests on Friday.

“It went really well,” he said.

Fehr had 10 goals and 20 points for Washington last season and said he hopes to change his health luck with this fresh start in Winnipeg.

“It’s been a bit of a tough go the last few years, frustrating with injuries,” he said. “I feel like when I’m playing my best hockey, I seem to go down.”

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