Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 10

Among our elite hockey players, summer is a season unto itself. This summer, players from Matt Calvert to Calen Addison and from Cody Eakin to Jett Woo all prepared for potential changes – all good – to their hockey careers. Scott Taylor What They Did on Their Summer Vacations Photos by Jeff Miller, James Carey Lauder and Bruce Fedyck S ince the day Winnipeg’s own Jonathan Toews – the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks -- carried the Stanley Cup around Chicago’s United Centre, Manitoba hockey players have been enjoying the “off season.” It’s not really the off-season anymore. There are signings, drafts, showcases and long, hard workouts. While the rest of us were enjoying the summer weather, Manitoba’s hockey players did this... In the NHL, Brandon’s Matt Calvert signed a three-year $6.6 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets... Winnipeg’s Ryan Garbutt was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Patrick Sharp (who was born in Winnipeg, but didn’t grow up here)... Winnipeg’s Mark Stone signed a new three-year deal with the Ottawa Senators worth $10.5 million. Broken down, the contract is worth $2.25 million in its first season, $3.75 in its second and $4.5 million in 2017-18. Winkler’s Eric Fehr signed a two-year $4 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins... Former Fort Garry Twins centre, Cody Eakin, signed a four-year $15.4 million extension with Dallas... And Winnipeg’s Calvin Pickard signed a one-year $800,000 deal with the Colorado Avalanche... At the NHL Awards, Winnipeg’s Mark Stone finished second to Florida’s Aaron Ekblad in the race for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year while Toews was named winner of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented each year “in recognition of a player’s commitment and service to charities in his community.” ... Toews also finished 10th in the voting for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player... Dauphin’s Barry Trotz of the Was [