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Jets Use Depth to Beat up On Predators

By Carter Brooks

Photo by James Carey Lauder

It was not your typical Winnipeg Jets game by any measure Thursday evening. But in picking up where they left of in Nashville last spring, the Jets walked away as 5-1 winners in their first game of a three-day father-son trip.

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Jets Recall Schilling From Moose

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Brad Rempel

Prior to taking off on the road for two Central Division matchups with the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars, the Winnipeg Jets made a minor roster move.

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Hockey Fights Hunger: Winnipeg Jets Doing Their Part

Story and photo by Carter Brooks

World hunger is real. Poverty in Manitoba is real. The Winnipeg Jets have recently stepped up their game to help counteract some of the issues related to a lack of food and the on-going poverty within the city.

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Brossoit Golden as Winnipeg Takes Victory From Vegas

By Carter Brooks

Photos by James Carey Lauder

The Vegas Golden Knights rolled into Winnipeg on Tuesday evening for the first time since claiming the Western Conference title from the Winnipeg Jets in last season’s Western Conference Final.

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Winnipeg's Pasternak Signs in Portland

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Allen Douglas

Winnipeg's Dawson Pasternak has signed a standard player agreement with the Portland Winterhawks. 

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Shaw Replaces Appleton at AHL All-Star Weekend

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Jonathan Kozub

On Friday the American Hockey League announced its replacement players for the 2019 AHL All-Star Weekend. 

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Moose Sign ECHL Point Leader Collins

By Carter Brooks

Photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Wings 

The Manitoba Moose have added a potential scoring threat to their roster, signing forward Chris Collins to a professional tryout. 

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Peterson Takes MJHL Player of the Week Award

By Carter Brooks

Photo courtesy of Park River

The first-place Portage Terriers are cruising, thanks in large part to their stellar goaltending.

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Moose Take Three of Four Points From Laval

By Carter Brooks

Photos by James Carey Lauder

The Manitoba Moose had themselves a productive weekend at home, facing off twice against the Laval Rocket. 

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Kirk Wins Tournament MVP at IIHF Women's World U-18s

By Carter Brooks

Photos by Steve Kingsman and Robert Hradil 

Led by Ste. Anne, Manitoba's Raygan Kirk, the Canadian Under-18 National Women's Team took back the gold medal from the Americans Sunday morning in Japan 3-2 in overtime. 

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Appleton Selected for Second All-Star Game

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Jeff Miller

Mason Appleton has had himself one heck of a career as a member of the Manitoba Moose thus far. 

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By Scott Taylor / Photos courtesy Alyssa Selman

Alyssa Selman is back on a horse. She still finds it difficult to watch the riders at Assiniboia Downs, but on her farm near Carman, she’s riding again.

On June 27, 2015, Selman was paralyzed from the chest down when she was thrown from a horse during a race at Winnipeg's Assiniboia Downs. A young jockey with a very bright future, Selman’s career ended that day. However, her life didn’t end and now, nearly three years later, she’s driving a car, riding her new horse and helping run a small five-acre family farm with chickens, ponies, horses, goats, three dogs, three cats and two rambunctious kids.

In 2015, Selman was a jockey at the Downs. Friendly, popular and talented, she had a bright future in the irons, but horse racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, and Selman fell off her mount suffered an horrific injury as a result of the fall.

Doctors told her family that she’d suffered a fracture of the T-5 vertebrae along with some spinal cord damage and the prognosis was not favorable. It was a terrible injury and even Downs CEO Darren Dunn said at the time that he’d never seen anything like in more than 35 years in the business.

But if there is one thing you can say about Alyssa Selman, it’s that she’s no quitter. Despite all the adversity, she’s built a life for herself on the farm and now that she’s back on her horse, it’s a lot easier to smile.

“I got a new Paint-Belgian cross, he’s a really good horse,” said an upbeat Selman this week. “He doesn’t even mind carrying the extra 50 pounds for my saddle. My sister, who helps me get on the horse, and my 10-year-old son Amar and a girl from Carman named Chloe, ride together. The other day, we did a full country block – one mile by one mile by one mile by one mile. The other day we were riding and Amar’s horse threw him. He was lying in the ditch saying things that a 10-year-old shouldn’t say and he walked the horse home. It’s all part of riding.

“For me, the best thing is that I’ve started to gallop. When I get bouncing around, it’s pretty tough because I don’t have my legs to support me and my insides get bouncing up and down, but it was nice to be able to do it. Riding is just so much fun.”

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These days Selman and husband Rumesh spend a lot of time tending to 10-year-old Amar and seven-year-old daughter Ari. As Amar becomes a better hockey player each season, she admits to becoming a rather vocal hockey mom. She also tends to her animals (her goat just had three babies) and is getting set to bring a two-year-old thoroughbred to the Downs next year.

“My yearling is huge,” she said proudly. “My mare is 17 hands. My yearling is about 16 hands. The mare was bred to Honor Devil, who is 16 hands. We have a big yearling. She’s huge, a really big baby.”

By her own admission, it won’t be easy going back to the Downs next season, even with a horse in the race.

“It’s just really hard,” she admitted. “It’s hard to watch. I’d so much rather be on the horses than watching them. But I’ll be out for the season opener and now, when I get home, I can get back on a horse again.”

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