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Revisiting the Jets Bobblehead Curse

Back in 2014 (and updated for 2015), I wrote about the “curse” of the Jets bobbleheads, chronicling the featured player’s poor performance in his bobblehead night. From 2012-2015 The Jets had accumulated a record of 1-3 in bobblehead nights, and 0-3 if the player being honoured with the collectible was playing in the game.

With tonight being Nikolaj Ehlers’ bobblehead night at Bell MTS Place, I had been reminded of the curse by Illegal Curve’s Dave Minuk & TSN 1290’s Andrew “Hustler” Paterson while on “The Warmup”. I thought the curse was over but it appears to have reared his ugly head after the Jets 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Here are the results from the bobblehead nights since 2015:

March 12, 2019 vs. San Jose – Nikolaj Ehlers bobblehead night.
At 12 seconds left, Just when it looked like the two teams were headed to overtime, Nikolaj Ehlers entered the offensive zone with the puck and attempted a cross ice pass to Andrew Copp. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic tipped the pass to forward Timo Meier who was off on a 2 on 1. Meier fed Joe Pavelski for the game winner with 3.6 seconds left. Sharks 5. Jets 4.

Ehlers ended the night with 0 points and a -4 rating.

March 20, 2018 vs. Los Angeles – Jacob Trouba bobblehead night
Jacob Trouba did not play due to a concussion after colliding with Stars forward Jamie Benn two days earlier. The Jets defeated the Kings 2-1 in overtime.

March 30, 2017 vs. Anaheim – Mark Scheifele bobblehead night
Mark Scheifele is the only Jets player to break the curse. Winnipeg won 4-3, and of course, Scheifele scored the OT winner.

Final line: 1 goal. 1 point. +2. 5 SOG. 26:47 TOI

April 3rd, 2016 vs. Minnesota – Bryan Little Bobblehead night
Jets win 5-1. Bryan Little did not play after fracturing a vertebae in February following a hit from Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

After eight bobblehead nights, the Jets record in those games is 4-4. However, when the featured player plays in their bobblehead game the team’s record is 1-4.

Final Stat lines of players who played in their bobblehead game.

2019: Ehlers – 0 points. -4 (Jets lose 5-4)
2018: Scheifele – 1 goal (OT Winner). +2. (Jets win 4-3)
2014: Byfuglien – 0 points. -2 (Jets lose 3-2)
2013: Pavelec – 5 goals allowed, 19 saves on 24 shots, .792 save percentage, one stick smashed into pieces. (Jets lose 6-4)
2012: Ladd – 0 points. -3. (Jets lose 3-2)

Combined skater numbers: 4 games. 1 goal. 0 assists. -7.

Evander Kane on The TEAM 1040

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane was on Matt Sekeres & Pete Schaad on The TEAM 1040 in Vancouver earlier today and danced around the question about wanting to play for the Winnipeg Jets.

Sekeres & Schaad: Evander do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?

Evander Kane: Well, I think, uh I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now and um, you know there’s been speculation and rumors for the three years since I got there. You know, we’ll see what happens, and we’ll carry on as if I’m a Winnipeg Jet.

Sekeres & Schaad: There’s not a yes in there, and some Jets fans might say, why doesn’t he want to play for us?, or why isn’t he absolutely fully on board for playing for us?….you’re shaking your finger at me.

Evander Kane: I’m training hard and getting ready for this season, and last summer I didn’t have a full year of training due to some surgery I had, so I found it really important for him to start training early and get in the best shape possible for this season and that’s my focus.

Evander Kane on Winnipeg

 

Is Barry Trotz overrated?

I joined Matt Leibl on “The Super Lube Warmup” on TSN 1290 Winnipeg and debated if Barry Trotz was overrated following his hiring in Washington. Other topics of discussion were Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, the Toronto Blue Jays and NHL Arena Organ Players.

The Warmup – May 27, 2014

Sean Ramjagsingh on NHL 15

Sean Ramjagsingh on NHL 15

I joined Andrew “Hustler” Paterson on The Warmup on TSN 1290 Winnipeg and we talked with EA Sports Producer Sean Ramjagsingh about the new features announced for NHL 15.

Interview with Sean Ramjagsingh – May 8, 2014

Kelly Hrudey is just going to comment on the hockey

Mark Lee and Kelly Hrudey take the anti-Brent Musberger approach to broadcasting after a Victoria’s Secret model is shown on CBC’s broadcast of Game 4 of the LA Kings/San Jose Sharks series. They’re just going to comment on the hockey folks!

ambrosioUpdate: The female in question is Victoria’s Secret Model Alessandra Ambrosio (@AngelAlessandra)

 

For those who don’t remember, here’s Brent Musberger’s reaction to seeing Alabama QB AJ McCarron’s girlfriend (now fiancee) Katherine Webb shown during the 2013 NCAA Football National Championship game.