Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Defenceman Adam Pardy Finds New Hockey Life at 30 with the Winnipeg Jets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Defenceman Adam Pardy Finds New Hockey Life at 30 with the Winnipeg Jets

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Defenceman Pardy finds new life with the Jets

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WINNIPEG - Life in the NHL can begin anew at 30, at least for Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam Pardy.

After 58 games this season Pardy has five assists, is a plus three and logging upwards of 18 minutes a night.

"I think it's gone in the right direction, where I definitely wanted it to go" he said this week of his first season with the Jets.

He never has been an offensive defenceman who posted big numbers. But his responsible style seems to be what the Jets need and the six-foot-four, 220-pound native of Bonavista, N.L., brings some much-needed size to Winnipeg's blue-line.

"This year it's been an interesting year," he said. "From sitting out 15 games in a row, being a healthy scratch, to now playing some minutes and finally getting my game going."

Pardy has had more than his share of hard luck since turning pro in 2005 and admits there were times when he wondered if he would continue.

"It doesn't go back to the start of this year, it goes back to the day I left Calgary and when I blew my shoulder out and went to Dallas and things just didn't go well," he said.

"You start thinking that you're not good enough and it's really tough to play and I think that's where I was a while back . . . last year and the year before. Confidence is a tough thing to get, and once you lose it it's hard to get back."

Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round in 2004, he turned professional in 2005 and began the season with Calgary's AHL affiliate. It wasn't a great start, and he soon found himself in the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.

After his play improved he went back to the AHL and made his NHL debut in the Flames' season opener in 2008.

He finished his second NHL season with two goals and seven assists in 57 games but a separated shoulder caused him to miss the first two months of the 2010-11 season. He missed the last two months as well because of injury.

The following season as a free agent, he signed a two-year, US$4 million contract with the Dallas Stars but started on injured reserve list and ended up playing only 36 games before being traded to Buffalo. …

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