The Winnipeg Jets goalie Chris Mason missed practice today because his wife went into labour. In need of a goalie, Assistant GM and Director of Hockey Operations Craig Heisinger put out the call to Manitoba Bisons goalie Joe Caligiuri (brother of Jets Communications Coordinator Christina Caligiuri) to be the team’s second goaltender for practice today at MTS Centre. The longtime GDI student and instructor recently was awarded the Canada West Male Athlete of the Week. “It’s a dream growing up to play at this level and have a chance to do it, even for a day, " he said afterward with a smile when asked in an interview. Entering his second year of CIS with the Bisons, Caligiuri skipped geography class to stand in goal during practice with the Jets. Naturally, when stepping up to the professional level Caliguiri noted a few differences from his peers in the CIS
“Biggest thing is their releases, obviously their shots are harder but they get it off way quicker. You have to be ready at all times. A couple times out there they completely caught me by surprise shooting the puck. (Another difference is) the size of the players, with traffic in front of the net, everyone is 6?2 to 6?5, it’s tough to see through bodies.”Chris Mason is expected to be back with the team on the team’s upcoming road trip to Chicago and Phoenix. For more information on Caligiuri's call up Click Here.