Altitude Check: Monday February 13, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

ANN ARBOR MI - DECEMBER 11: A stelth bommer flies overhead prior to the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans playing a outdoor hockey game at Michigan Stadium on December 11 2010 in Ann Arbor Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here is what's in the news for Monday, February 13, 2012:

Digesting Saturday's blowout at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins "Let's get past the BS, we got outplayed, didn't do enough to win. It would be really hard to go over the whole thing. You just cut through most of the BS (and say) we just gave up way too much close to our net and gave up eight goals. Very difficult to overcome." - Ron Hainsey [WFP]

Hey, there were some positives to giving up an eight spot. [Winnipeg Sun]

Tim Campbell crunches the numbers, deducing power play chances are down league-wide as he diagnoses where the Jets stand on special teams. [WFP]

Mark Chipman takes author Mario Lefebvre to task for questioning Winnipeg's longevity as a viable NHL market. [WFP]

Yahoo! Sports blogger Adam Martini on how the Jets actions must speak louder than their words. [Yahoo! Sports]

Mark Scheifele Upper Deck hockey card creates buzz as a coveted collectors item. [THW]

Winnipeg Jets prospect Vinny Saponari has carved himself a nice little niche this year on a sub-par Northeastern team. Saponari - a 2008 draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers - was dismissed from Boston University for an alcohol-related incident in 2010. After playing a year in the USHL, he is now one of the Huskies leading scorers, posting 19 points in 27 games this season including Friday's game winner. [Hockey Journal]

How is the return of the Jets is affecting Winnipeg's junior hockey attendance? Amusing that local media covers this, but failed to show up when the NCAA was in town - a league that affords many MJHL graduates a chance to play past their junior careers. I guess junior hockey is only a convenient topic when players are making money (or in this case, not making money) for their league and Hockey Manitoba. [Winnipeg Sun]

It's official, the 2013 Winter Classic will take place at the Big House in Ann Arbor, MI where the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs. I am over the moon to watch Pavel Datsyuk, Mike Babcock, Brian Burke and Dion Phaneuf in next year's HBO 24/7. [NHL.com]

Finally, I meant to promote this last week, but Nate Ewell and College Hockey Inc. came out with a fantastic NCAA College Hockey player database that tracks alumni now tied to all thirty NHL clubs. Fantastic tool for anyone who enjoys College Hockey and tracing hockey's lineage. [College Hockey Inc.]

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