Jets shut down Little for season with back injury

Remember this hit on Bryan Little that made head coach Paul Maurice lose his cool? Little is now out for the season as a result.

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury.

Head coach Paul Maurice confirmed Thursday that Little has a vertebral compression fracture.

Little was injured in a 6-5 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Feb. 18 after taking an open-ice hit from defenceman Anton Stralman.

Little, a 28-year-old Edmonton native, has 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) in 57 games this season.

He has 385 points (163-222) in 613 career NHL regular-season games.

The Jets have recalled Matt Halischuk from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.