The Winnipeg Jets today, in partnership with the National Hockey League, announced that goalkeepers Connor Hellebuyck and Melanie MacKinnon of the First Nations Pandemic Rapid Response Team will be co-first stars of the First Nations for the week ending April 11, 2021 Week of the NHL.
The 27-year-old Hellebuyck started the week with 20 wins in Winnipeg’s 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. On Thursday, the native Commerce, Mich., Stopped 36 of 38 shots in a 4-2 win over the Canadiens in Montreal. Hellebuyck ended the week with a 5-0 win over the same Canadians on Saturday. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner led the NHL last week with three wins, while with a tiny saving of 0.938 percent and 1.67 goals against average, he helped the Jets to a perfect 3-0 week and topped the club second place in the Scotia North Division.
This season, Hellebuyck leads the NHL in shots against (1,014), saves (934) and minutes played (1,960). The selection for the fifth round in 2012 (130th in total) started six games in a row and set a 4-1-1 record with 1.66 goals against and a saving of 0.943 percent in those half a dozen starts.MacKinnon is the executive director of the Ongomiizwin – Health Services (OHS) team at the University of Manitoba. In response to the pandemic, she coordinated Manitoba’s First Nations Pandemic Rapid Response Teams, a network of qualified health professionals – including doctors, nurses and rehabilitation specialists – who respond quickly to urgent situations in remote and isolated communities across the province. When COVID19 cases and outbreaks occur in these communities, the First Nations Pandemic Rapid Response Teams are often deployed within 48 hours to address urgent needs.
These teams are made up of many indigenous health professionals as well as others who have dedicated their careers to serving the Indigenous and First Nations communities of Manitoba. They help with contact tracing and isolation planning, bring quick point-of-care test equipment, set up test sites, and schedule community members for tests – all of which helps contain clusters. They also work with various levels of government and health organizations to organize transportation, food deliveries, and additional medical workers to help with relief efforts.
This is the first time this season and the third time in his career that Hellebuyck has been to the Three Stars of the Week of the NHL was selected (also First Star on January 1, 2018 and Second Star on January 22, 2018). He is the second Jets player to be selected in 2020-21 after Winnipeg made three appearances in the Three Stars of the Week last season. Hellebuyck and Nikolaj Ehlers (March 15 – third star) are members of the Jets that received the NHL Three Stars of the Week this season.
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