The Winnipeg Jets month of August closed with a couple quick signings and the retirement of a familiar name to Manitoba hockey fans.
To start, the Jets signed their steal of a 7th round pick from 2013's NHL Entry Draft, Brenden Kichton. Kichton was the WHL Defensive Player of the Year. The Spokane Chiefs' captain re-entered the draft after being unable to sign with the New York Islanders, who originally signed the defender in 2011.
Brenden Kichton's deal will see him play on a two-way contract for three years, adding security for the five-year WHL pro.
Next up, the Winnipeg Jets secured J.C. Lipon to a similar three-year, two-way pact. Lipon was also a selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, picked up in the third round. Lipon was a forward with the Kamloops Blazers for four years,upping his game this past season by going over a point-per-game for the first time.
Lipon is a right-handed shot and will likely be bound for St. John's, where the Ice Caps lost one of their veterans.
As the month closed, Jason King announced his retirement from hockey. A veteran of the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, King had been with the Ice Caps the past two seasons and leaves the game at 31.
Jason King is well known to Winnipeg hockey faithful, having suited up for the Manitoba Moose during his development with the Canucks franchise. Lining up beside the likes of Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler, King looked to have the potential to be a mainstay in Vancouver, but couldn't break through fully.
Now, King moves behind the bench, joining the Ice Caps' bench boss ranks as an assistant coach.
The Winnipeg Jets now head into season prep mode, with training camp and exhibition games coming quickly.