While there was no representation on the ice for the Winnipeg Jets this past weekend at the Tim Horton’s All Star game in Ottawa, Ontario, there was still a representative present from the team. While there’s no hiding that Mark Chipman was present for the NHL Board of Governors meeting, making more of an impact on the fans was non other than team mascot, Mick E. Moose.
The league and team had inquired with several other players on the Jets to determine if they would be willing to represent the NHL’s single most impacting story line of this season, but none seemed able to attend. Has you voted for Winnipeg Jets players then there would definitely have been more of a presence at the event.
The lone representative from the Jets was to have been Dustin Byfuglien, but of course being off from injury for the past several weeks, it didn’t seem as though he would be ready to play. He was skating last week with the team, but has yet to return to game action. According to the Free Press his status for the continuation of the teams road trip is ‘undetermined’.
The fact that Mick E. Moose was there – still a soft spot for Benny – was at least a step in the right direction. Who knows if this was planned prior to the inability of players to attend, but it just goes to show that there is still interest in representing the Jets throughout the league. Now, when will Winnipeg host the All-Star event or even better, a Winter Classic?