Asking the Tough Questions: What are Winnipeg Jets players reading?

Winnipeg Jets players — such as forward Mark Scheifele, shown here in a photo from 2014 — will once again visit local schools to read to children during I Love to Read Month.

The Winnipeg Jets television broadcast has grown stale, much like the on-ice product. In-between cringeworthy Questrade ads, and insufferable Craig Button segments, the organization has tried to spice things up by having poor Sara Orlesky ask players hard hitting questions about their favourite movies and pizza toppings.

I understand that NHL players are not voracious readers, but I would like another question added to the pablum:“What is your favourite book?” I don’t expect this will ever happen, so I ventured a guess, and answered this question on behalf of some of the Winnipeg Jets players and staff:

Blake Wheeler: “The Old Man and The Sea” by Earnest Hemmingway. Although Blake’s version reads: “The Old Man and the C”. An old man struggling with his romanticized youth – this seems fitting.

Logan Stanley:  “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Stanley moves like a culmination of reconstructed parts, and the village (Jets fans) have their pitchforks and torches out. A good book choice for him.

Mark Scheifele: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Go and ask “Jets Twitter” if Mark is Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. The result is as divisive as the book.

Dylan DeMelo: “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells. Out of sight and out of mind, DeMelo would love this story of a man trying to be seen.

Nik Ehlers: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. “The Fly” has been absent for some time now, but like Piggy, will seek to redeem himself.

Adam Lowry:  “In the Name of the Father” by Gerry Conlon. I mean, c’mon.

Cole Perfetti:  “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. Perfetti was orphaned, like Pip, on the Manitoba Moose, and now is one of the verge of reaching his full potential.

Dave Lowry: “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller. The elder Lowry can appreciate that by getting this job, there is a good chance he will never coach in the NHL again – a perfect catch-22.

Connor Hellebuyck: “Under Siege” by Stephen Coonts. The protagonist has everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him, but keeps battling against the odds.

Pierre-Luc Dubois: “Home Depot: Spring Catalogue”. If you think PLD reads anything other than Home Depot related content, you are sadly mistaken.

LeVar Burton wants you to read books, so dear readers, if you can think of any others, reach out via Twitter @AirportLounge55.

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