Winnipeg Jets reward good play with fighter helmet
Fighter pilot helmet getting passed around team to recognize strong efforts
The Winnipeg Jets have a new way of recognizing the best player of a game – and it’s not going to help with the helmet hair.
Defenceman Mark Stuart came up with the idea to pick a player of the game while the team fights for a playoff spot and give them a temporary trophy.
So Stuart had True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman track down a fighter-jet helmet for the best player to wear after a win.
Devin Setoguchi was the first player to earn the right to wear it Friday after the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks.
Stuart got the trophy on Sunday and donned it for a Hockey Night in Canada interview after the Jets’ 2-1 victory over the Habs.
The Jets are eight and two since Paul Maurice took over as head coach three weeks ago.
The team is four points from the final spot in the Western Conference playoff race.