Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jason Gregoire signs contract with hometown Winnipeg Jets

Edit:  It's official!  Click here to read official press release from the Winnipeg Jets.  More here also from UND reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman.

I had a few people email me this bit of news last night and this morning, so I thought I should get it up on the blog. Thanks to those blog readers who sent me the link.

There have been some rumors floating around the internet the past week or so that former Lincoln Stars forward Jason Gregoire, who is a native of Winnipeg, Mantioba, Canada, might sign a contract with his hometown NHL Winnipeg Jets. According to this article and this article, those rumors appear to be true.

Here's an excerpt from the Winnipeg Free Press online article:

THE Winnipeg Jets are about to add more local content as they are expected to reach an agreement with hometown left-winger Jason Gregoire, if they haven't already.
Known as a smart, two-way forward, Gregoire will pass up his final year of college hockey eligibility with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux.
Gregoire, 22, spent the last three seasons in Grand Forks.
He decided to leave college this spring to take advantage of a window afforded him by the NHL's labour agreement, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
He was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2007 in the third round, but had not been signed.
Gregoire, when was was drafted by the Islanders, was playing for the USHL's Lincoln Stars. He went to North Dakota the following season.
It certainly sounds like I will be editing this article very soon to announce that Gregs has officially signed with the Winnipeg Jets, so stay tuned for that.  I have no doubt we'll see Jason playing for the Jets sometime very soon.  In my opinion, he was one of the most talented players to ever wear the Lincoln Stars uniform.  Congrats to Jason, and good luck with his future NHL endeavors!

Edit:  Gregoire meets the Winnipeg media after his signing.


nutz4puckz said...

Awesome news and congrats to Jason. Good luck in the NHL!!

MacAttack said...

so happy for Jason! a great player when he was here. looking forward to seeing him on the ice for the Jets