According to the Winnipeg Jets chaplain, the team is heading into their season opener this evening filled with hope. 

"Anytime opening season in any sport, hope springs eternal," says Lorne Korol, the chaplain of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose teams. "I think this year in particular, this hockey club who, I think goes into it a bit with a chip on their shoulder after having a tough season last year, there is a lot of positive energy, exuberance and hope."

The Winnipeg Jets ended their last season with 39 wins and 32 losses. 

"I really believe this team is on the cusp of turning things around. I believe that they believe that which is the most important thing. I think Rick Bowness brings a new voice to the room and I think he's got them moving in the right direction."

The 2021/2022 hockey season had a lot of changes over for the Winnipeg Jets, including two coaches and the demotion of Blake Wheeler as Captain. 

"They're human, so they read papers, they read social media and the things that are being said and it's hard on them. Part of my role is to encourage them when times are tough."

As far as having no captain right now for the team, Korol says, "I think it presents a unique situation in the sense that they will have shared leadership. I think it's a great way for this group to move forward."

Faith on and off the Ice

"For me, success looks like the men and the growth of their faith individually as well as in the group," says Korol. "This group has been around for a few years now and it's so good to see them grow that way because it means they're more concerned about others and not just themselves."

Korol's message during chapel is often a reminder that when the athletes go onto the ice, they're playing for God, an audience of one. 

"Once they understand that, it takes a lot of stress off them. Another message is to try and shine their light both on and off the ice."

Korol asks that people pray for the athlete's endurance and perseverance as they start their new season tonight. 

"It's a long season. Eighty-two games is a grind. Pray for safe travels for them. Pray that they would stay close to God with the things that go on within the game and on the ice but also things that go on off the ice. Pray that their light would shine. Pray for a strong hedge of protection over our team and that the Holy Spirit would reside."