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Janesville Jets News Share Vet Checkups: Adam Roeder

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By Mason Lyttle

Vet Checkup is a bi-weekly seasonal feature on JanesvilleJets.com in which I check in with a returning Jets veteran on his summer and what he’s looking forward to next season.

ML: How’s the offseason been?

AR: My offseason has been very relaxing. I took some much-needed vacations as well as some off time before I started hitting the gym and ice again.

ML: What sort of training have you focused on?

AR: I’ve been focusing on gaining an extra step in the speed category. I have been working a lot on sprints and leg work in order to gain the upper hand. I have also been focusing on adding some weight.

ML: What skating have you done?

AR: At the beginning of the summer I played in a junior league called JEL (Junior Elite League) which most of the St. Louis area junior players and some college players play in. I have also been skating in some of my high school alumni skates.

ML: Have you taken any vacations?

AR: I have taken quite a few vacations this summer. In fact, I came back to Janesville a few times this summer to see my girlfriend and her family. Other than Janesville, I took vacations to Aspen, Colorado, and Branson, Missouri, where our lake house is. I also took a short vacation to downtown Chicago which was a blast.

ML: What NHL offseason move surprised you the most?

AR: I think the most surprising move this offseason was the Weber for Subban trade, but on the other hand the Hall for Larsson trade made no sense.

ML: Any personal goals for the upcoming year?

AR: Winning a Robertson Cup and locking down a Division I scholarship for myself and for all of my teammates.

ML: First place you want to eat when you get back to Janesville?

AR: The first place I’ll eat at is Potbelly Sandwiches, I was told they just put one in and I’m very excited to try it out.

Vet Checkups: Blake Wareham

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By Mason Lyttle

 

Vet Checkup is a bi-weekly seasonal feature on JanesvilleJets.com in which I check in with a returning Jets veteran on his summer and what he’s looking forward to next season.

ML: How’s the offseason been?

BW: My offseason has been good. It’s been nice to spend time with my family

ML: What sort of training have you focused on?

BW: I’ve been working on strength and conditioning. I broke my wrist last season so I had to focus on upper body a lot.

ML: What skating have you done?

BW: I’ve done some defensive skating camps and all-around skill camps, as well as just going to stick and puck with my little brother.

ML: Have you taken any vacations?

BW: Who needs a vacation when you live in Iowa?

ML: What NHL offseason move surprised you the most?

BW: Subban for Weber.

ML: Any personal goals for the upcoming year?

BW: Get a Division I scholarship.

ML: First place you want to eat when you get back to Janesville?

BW: Luke’s Deli.

Ruslan Pedan Signs KHL Deal

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By Mason Lyttle

JANESVILLE, WI – Former Jets defenseman Ruslan Pedan will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility at Bemidji State University to begin his professional hockey career.

The 21-year-old blueliner signed a contract with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League earlier this week, giving Pedan the opportunity to stay in his home country of Russia for the start of his pro career.

“It’s great,” Pedan said of the prospect of playing in Russia. “It’s been something I’ve wanted for a long time, so for me to be home and play in such a great league is a dream come true.”

Pedan played two years in the NAHL, both for Joe Dibble. After debuting as a rookie with the Springfield Jr. Blues in 2011-12, Pedan followed Dibble up I-39 to finish his junior career in Janesville. The 2012-13 campaign was a huge step forward for the offensively-talented rearguard as he netted 11 goals and added 22 assists for 33 points in 44 games, ultimately earning his Division I commitment to Bemidji.

“Ruslan was an outstanding talent here in Janesville,” said Dibble. “He was a massive part of our power play, whether as a trigger or as a setup guy. That’s just part of the package he brings to a club. He’s a skilled, strong, smart defenseman who can step up and contribute at the pro level.”

The Moscow native saw action in every game in each of his three seasons with coach Tom Serratore’s Beavers, posting 32 career points in 115 games. He was a two-time member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, and earned honors as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete in 2015-16. Pedan identified his defensive zone play as his biggest improvement while in the NCAA ranks.

“College hockey is definitely a level where you learn your weak spots and what you need to work on,” he said. “The coaches did a great job of working with me on my defensive zone play. I grew as a player a lot playing for the Beavers and want to thank all my coaches for that.”

HC Sochi finished fourth in the KHL’s Western Conference with a 30-16-14 record last season, its second in the league. The team is coached by Vyacheslav Butsayev, a 132-game NHL veteran who captured Olympic Gold in 1992.

“We have a great coaching staff here,” said Pedan, whose brother Andrei just posted a career-high 21 points with the Utica Comets in his fourth season in the American Hockey League. “It definitely made this move a no-brainer for me. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the staff.”

Pedan’s signing extends a banner offseason for the Janesville Jets, particularly in the realm of professional leagues. Goaltender Jack LaFontaine became the club’s first ever NHL draft pick in June when he was selected in the 3rd round, 75th overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes. In July, LaFontaine was one of four former Jets, along with Conor Lemirande (Pittsburgh Penguins), Grant Frederic (St. Louis Blues), and Alec McCrea (Winnipeg Jets), to appear in NHL prospect development camps.

“Keep working hard and things will go your way,” advised Pedan to junior players. “Scouts are watching every single step you take, so there are no off days when you can relax and think, “maybe I’ll have a better chance next time.””

Asked if he had a message for Jets fans, Pedan kept it short and sweet.

“Thanks to all the fans for your support,” he said. “Once a Jet, always a Jet!”

Contact the Janesville Jets’ front office at (608) 752-JETS, or go to www.janesvillejets.com for the regular season schedule, season ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook (/janesvillehockey) and Twitter (@JanesvilleJets1).

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2016 NAHL Showcase Schedule Released

showcaseBy Mason Lyttle

JANESVILLE, WI – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced Wednesday the game schedules for all 24 member clubs for the 14th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament, to be held from September 21-24, 2016 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. All games will be broadcast live on FASTHockey.com.

Click here for the full 2016 NAHL Showcase Schedule

The Jets will open the Showcase with an afternoon game against the 2015-16 East Division Champion Aston Rebels on Wednesday at 1:15 PM Central Standard Time.

On Thursday night at 8:15 PM, the Jets will play the South Division’s expansion franchise, the Shreveport Mudbugs.

Friday is another primetime matchup against an expansion team as Janesville will play the Northeast Generals at 7:00 PM.

The Jets close their Showcase schedule with a 12:30 PM matinee on Saturday against the Amarillo Bulls.

Since their inception in 2009, the Jets hold a 15-11-1 record in NAHL Showcase games. The Jets split their four matches last season, beating the Topeka RoadRunners and the Minnesota Magicians each by a score of 2-0, while dropping one-goal contests to the Odessa Jackalopes (3-2) and the Aberdeen Wings (1-0). Jack LaFontaine, who was selected 75th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in June’s NHL Draft, shut out Topeka and held Aberdeen to just one marker, stopping 48 of 49 shots between the two contests.

Contact the Janesville Jets’ front office at (608) 752-JETS, or go to www.janesvillejets.com for the regular season schedule, season ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook (/janesvillehockey) and Twitter (@JanesvilleJets1).

 

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Vet Checkups: Kip Hoffmann

By Masohoffmann Lyttle

 

Vet Checkup is a bi-weekly seasonal feature on JanesvilleJets.com in which I check in with a returning Jets veteran on his summer and what he’s looking forward to next season.

ML: How’s the offseason been? Have you taken any vacations?

KH: It’s definitely been a fun offseason. I was able to go to Summerfest with my billets and spend a week in Florida.

ML: What sort of training have you focused on?

KH: I’ve focused more on getting bigger and stronger in the weight room.

ML: What skating have you done?

KH: I’ve skated a couple times a week, working on my skills and my shot.

ML: What NHL offseason move surprised you the most?

KH: It’s not necessarily a “move,” but our goalie, Jack LaFontaine, getting drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes was definitely a proud moment for us players and as an organization.

ML: Any personal goals for the upcoming year?

KH: I want to be a leader on the team.

ML: First place you want to eat when you get back to Janesville?

KH: I noticed they just built a Potbelly, that’s the first place I’ll be eating!

Vet Checkups: LA Grissom

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By Mason Lyttle

Vet Checkup is a bi-weekly seasonal feature on JanesvilleJets.com in which I check in with a returning Jets veteran on his summer and what he’s looking forward to next season.

ML: How’s the offseason been? What training have you done?

LG: It’s been pretty good. I usually train at 2SP (2 Sports Performance). It’s a gym that trains a lot of the Red Wings guys and a ton of other pro, college, and junior players.

ML: What sort of training have you focused on?

LG: I’m trying to put on five more pounds of muscle while maintaining my speed. The goal is to add five pounds without losing a step.

ML: What skating have you done?

LG: I skate in a summer league called East Side Elite, another junior/college/pro league. I played against Fernandez last week. His team ended up winning unfortunately, but it’s pretty good. It’s a lot of fun.

ML: Have you taken any vacations?

LG: Yeah, I went up to Toronto to see [Jack] LaFontaine. I went to go see my old billets from Keystone in Pennsylvania, and I went to Chicago for a day to visit, too. We went to a Cubs game.

ML: What NHL offseason move surprised you the most?

LG: The PK for Weber trade really confused me.

ML: Any personal goals for the upcoming year?

LG: First, not to die during training camp. Then obviously we’re trying to win a Robby Cup, and I want to get my Division I commitment.

ML: First place you want to eat when you get back to Janesville?

LG: That’s gotta either be Citrus [Cafe] or Luke’s Deli.

APPLY NOW: Game Operations Volunteer 2016-17

Volunteer opportunities are currently available with the Game Operations team for the 2016-2017 season. This opportunity will offer you hands-on experience with a North American Hockey League franchise while also building your resume with reputable volunteer experience.

Duties:

  • Prepare and operate our merchandise store
  • Conduct sound check/run through with live entertainment (anthem singer, choirs, color guards, etc.)
  • Assist with live promotional giveaways
  • Enthusiastically interact with fans during live promotional giveaways
  • Act as ushers for groups finding reserved seating
  • Assist with scanning tickets at gate
  • Review game script and prepare game day materials
  • Work alongside our game presentation team to ensure proper timing for promotions and presentations
  • Assist with post-game cleanup and organization
  • Option to work other team events (Season Ticket Pickup Party, Jets Meat Raffle, etc.)
  • Liaise with corporate partners on event nights

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Able to multi-task in a fast pace environment

 

Requirements:

  • Must have reliable transportation to get to the Janesville Ice Arena for games and events
  • Must be able to commit to at least 7 games of the 2016-2017 season, arriving no later than two hours before each home game (28 total home games)
  • Must be able to maintain professionalism when working with and around athletes, coaching staff, and management
  • Must be willing to work hard, be on time, and present self professionally
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25lbs and perform some manual labor, as an essential function of the position

 

Compensation:

  • Volunteers who work 7 home games (25% of season) will be given 10 undated ticket vouchers redeemable at any home game not on the volunteer’s schedule.
  • Volunteers who work 14 home games (50% of season) will be given a pass for free admission to any regular season home game.

 

Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 12pm

 

Application Process:

Applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter to Mason Lyttle at mason@janesvillejets.com with the subject line: Janesville Jets Game Operations 2016-17.

2016-2017 Regular Season Schedule Released

By Mason Lyttle

 

JANESVILLE, WI – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today released the 2016-17 schedules for its 24 member clubs. The Janesville Jets will open their 60-game campaign with a two-game home series beginning Friday, September 16th against the Minnesota Wilderness. All home games will begin at 7:00 PM (Central Standard Time).

The defending Robertson Cup Champions, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, will visit Janesville in a two-game series beginning Friday, November 4th.

The Jets will play the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 23rd, at home versus the Austin Bruins. Janesville will host Austin again on Friday, November 25th.

For the third consecutive season, the Jets will play a New Year’s Eve match, this year against their in-state rivals, the Coulee Region Chill, in another edition of the Blain’s Battle of Wisconsin.

Of the Jets’ 28 home games, 12 fall on Fridays and 14 on Saturdays, with one Wednesday and one Thursday. The team will play the Central Division’s Austin Bruins, Brookings Blizzard, and Minnesota Wilderness each four times. Janesville will also play the two Alaska teams, Fairbanks and the Kenai River Brown Bears, four times each. The Jets will face off against the Coulee Region Chill, the Springfield Jr. Blues, and the Minnesota Magicians, newcomers to the Midwest Division, each 12 times.

For the full schedule, click here.

Contact the Janesville Jets’ front office at (608) 752-JETS, or go to www.janesvillejets.com for details on main camp, season ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook (/janesvillehockey) and Twitter (@JanesvilleJets1).

 

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Jack LaFontaine Selected in 3rd Round of NHL Draft

By Mason Lyttle

 

JANESVILLE, WI – Jets goaltender Jack LaFontaine became the first Jet to ever be selected in the NHL Draft on Saturday morning in Buffalo when the Carolina Hurricanes picked him 75th overall. The 6’2” Canadian goaltender finished 13th on NHL Central Scouting’s list of North American goalies, and adds to the promising wealth of goaltending prospects in Carolina’s system.

LaFontaine was outstanding in his first and only season in the North American Hockey League, posting a .921 save percentage with a 2.16 goals against average (GAA) in 41 regular season games. He sharpened his play in the Robertson Cup Playoffs, improving both his save percentage to .926 and his GAA to 1.89, despite losing a hard-fought series to the Minnesota Wilderness. LaFontaine was named to the NAHL Selects team in February’s Top Prospects Tournament, where he won his only start, stopping 30 of 32 pucks.

His Janesville teammates recognized him with the team’s Rookie of the Year Award at the awards banquet in April. Last year’s winner, Wisconsin Badgers goaltender Matt Jurusik, is also on NHL Central Scouting’s watch list.

A product of the Don Mills Flyers of the Greater Toronto Midget program, LaFontaine came to Janesville after a season with the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, where he played in 30 games to a .923 save percentage.

More to come.

Contact the Janesville Jets’ front office at (608) 752-JETS, or go to www.janesvillejets.com for details on main camp, season ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook (/janesvillehockey) and Twitter (@JanesvilleJets1).

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Jets Add Four in 2016 NAHL Entry Draft

By Mason Lyttle

 

JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), made four selections in Tuesday’s NAHL Entry Draft, including three of the first 20 overall picks.

With the team’s first selection, fourth overall, the Jets selected defenseman Frank Sullivan, a 1996-born native of Fairfield, Connecticut. Last season, Sullivan (6-0/187) registered eight goals and eight assists for 16 points and added 118 penalty minutes with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Sullivan was also a fourth round selection of the Charlottetown Islanders in the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.

With the eighth overall selection, the Jets selected left winger Jakov Novak, who played prep high school with New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. There, Novak (6-3/201) tallied 37 goals and 21 assists for 58 points in 40 games. Novak, a 1998-born native of Riverside, Ontario, Canada, also skated in 12 games with the New Hampshire Avalanche U18 midget program, scoring seven goals.

With its final selection of the first round, Janesville drafted future Wisconsin Badger forward Joey Abate. Abate (6-2/170) skated with Team Fastenal Tool, winners of last month’s Janesville Jets U18 Midget Tournament in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The 1998-born forward was born in Bloomingdale, Illinois, and played last year with the Chicago Mission U18 team in the High Performance Hockey League, putting up 24 points on 15 goals and nine assists through 21 games. Abate has five games’ experience in the USHL, all with the Bloomington Thunder.

With its final pick in the draft, Janesville used its fourth round selection on right winger Zac Robbins (5-10/181), who played in 59 games with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders last season. In Cedar Rapids, Robbins, a Glenview, Illinois, native, scored seven goals and added 10 assists for 17 points. Robbins has 43 games of NAHL experience with the Johnstown Tomahawks, potting 12 goals and adding 17 assists for 29 points in 2014-2015.

Listed below are each of the 2016 Jets draft picks, organized by round order.

 

1st Round, 4th Overall: Frank Sullivan (D) | Fairfield, CT | Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)

1st Round, 8th Overall: Jakov Novak (LW) | Riverside, ON | New Hampton School (USHS)

1st Round, 20th Overall: Joey Abate (F) | Bloomingdale, IL | Chicago Mission U18 (HPHL)

4th Round, 92nd Overall: Zac Robbins (RW) | Glenview, IL | Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)

 

Contact the Janesville Jets’ front office at (608) 752-JETS, or go to www.janesvillejets.com for details on main camp, season ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook (/janesvillehockey) and Twitter (@JanesvilleJets1).

 

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