Winnipeg Jets
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The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 team based in Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...

, Manitoba
Manitoba
Manitoba is a Canadian prairie province with an area of . The province has over 110,000 lakes and has a largely continental climate because of its flat topography. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province's economy; other...

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

. They began play in the World Hockey Association
World Hockey Association
The World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926...

 (WHA) in 1972, moving to the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

 (NHL) in 1979 following the collapse of the WHA. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved to Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populated city in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data...

 and became the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . They play their home games at Jobing.com Arena....

.
The NHL had recently expanded to 16 teams, adding franchises in many hockey-hungry cities (only one in Canada), but also in Atlanta
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

, Oakland and Los Angeles
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League...

.
Encyclopedia
The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

 team based in Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...

, Manitoba
Manitoba
Manitoba is a Canadian prairie province with an area of . The province has over 110,000 lakes and has a largely continental climate because of its flat topography. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province's economy; other...

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

. They began play in the World Hockey Association
World Hockey Association
The World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926...

 (WHA) in 1972, moving to the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

 (NHL) in 1979 following the collapse of the WHA. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved to Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populated city in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data...

 and became the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . They play their home games at Jobing.com Arena....

.

The WHA years (1972–1979)

The NHL had recently expanded to 16 teams, adding franchises in many hockey-hungry cities (only one in Canada), but also in Atlanta
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

, Oakland and Los Angeles
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League...

. The WHA brought major professional hockey to Ottawa
Ottawa Nationals
The Ottawa Nationals were a professional men's ice hockey team based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that played in the World Hockey Association during the 1972–73 WHA season....

, Quebec City
Quebec Nordiques
The Quebec Nordiques were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League...

, Winnipeg, Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

, and later Calgary
Calgary Cowboys
The Calgary Cowboys were an ice hockey team that played two seasons in the World Hockey Association from 1975–1977. The Cowboys played at the Stampede Corral in Calgary. The franchise was founded in 1972 as the Miami Screaming Eagles, though it never played a game in Miami...

. On December 27, 1971, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the WHA, to Ben Hatskin, a local figure who made his wealth in cardboard shipping containers. The team took their name from the Winnipeg Jets of the Western Canada Hockey League
Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada...

 .

The Jets' first signing was Norm Beaudin
Norm Beaudin
Norman Joseph Andrew Beaudin is a retired professional ice hockey forward who played 25 games in the National Hockey League and 335 in the World Hockey Association, most notably for the Winnipeg Jets. He also played for the Minnesota North Stars and St. Louis Blues...

 ("the Original Jet") and the team's first major signing was Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull, OC is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. Hull was famous for his blonde hair, blinding skating speed, and having the hardest shot, earning...

. Hull's acquisition, partially financed by the rest of the WHA's teams, gave the league instant credibility and paved the way for several other NHL stars to bolt to the upstart league.

The Jets were further noteworthy in hockey history for being the first North America
North America
North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas...

n club seriously to explore Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

 as a source of hockey talent. Winnipeg's fortunes were bolstered by acquisitions such as Swedish forwards Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was one of the first European-born players to make an impact in North America...

 and Ulf Nilsson, who starred with Hull on the WHA's most famous and successful forward line (nicknamed "the Hot Line"), and defenceman
Defenceman (ice hockey)
Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring...

 Lars-Erik Sjoberg
Lars-Erik Sjoberg
Lars-Erik "Taxen" Sjöberg was a Swedish ice hockey defenceman. He played in Sweden from 1962 to 1974 ; and in North America for the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA and NHL from 1974–80.Sjöberg won the Golden Puck as the Swedish player...

, who would serve as the team's captain and win accolades as the WHA's best defenceman. Behind these players and other European stars such as Willy Lindstrom
Willy Lindström
Willy Lindström is a Swedish former ice hockey player for the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In Sweden he played for Västra Frölunda HC and Brynäs IF. He won two Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in 1984 and 1985.In 1975, Lindström signed a contract as a free agent...

, Kent Nilsson
Kent Nilsson
Kent Åke "Kenta" Nilsson is a retired professional ice hockey centre.During his NHL career he was called "Mr. Magic" and "The Magic Man"...

, Veli-Pekka Ketola
Veli-Pekka Ketola
Veli-Pekka Ketola . He is a retired professional ice hockey player and coach.-Playing career:Veli-Pekka Ketola played in the Finnish League, World Hockey Association, and National Hockey League...

, leavened by players such as Peter Sullivan
Peter Sullivan (ice hockey)
Peter Gerald Sullivan is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 126 games in the National Hockey League and 313 games in the World Hockey Association. He played with the Winnipeg Jets.- External links :...

, Norm Beaudin
Norm Beaudin
Norman Joseph Andrew Beaudin is a retired professional ice hockey forward who played 25 games in the National Hockey League and 335 in the World Hockey Association, most notably for the Winnipeg Jets. He also played for the Minnesota North Stars and St. Louis Blues...

 and goaltender Joe Daley
Joe Daley
For the professional golfer, see Joe Daley Thomas Joseph Daley is a former National Hockey League and World Hockey Association goalkeeper for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, and Winnipeg Jets....

, the Jets were the most successful team in the short-lived WHA. The team won the Avco World Trophy
Avco World Trophy
The Avco World Trophy, also known as the Avco Cup, was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association . The trophy's naming rights were sold to the former Avco Corporation , a defense contractor who bought the rights to advertise their consumer finance division...

 three times, including in the league's final season against Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. Nicknamed "The Great One", he is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the National Hockey League , and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters,...

 and the Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

. The Jets made the finals five of the WHA's seven seasons.

Another notable accomplishment was the Jets' 5–3 victory over the Soviet National team on January 5, 1978, making the Jets the first club team ever to defeat the Soviet elite squad.

In the last season in the WHA, Kent Nilsson
Kent Nilsson
Kent Åke "Kenta" Nilsson is a retired professional ice hockey centre.During his NHL career he was called "Mr. Magic" and "The Magic Man"...

 had 107 points, while Morris Lukowich
Morris Lukowich
Eugene Morris Lukowich is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was a member of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League from 1976 to 1985, and later played for the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings of the NHL...

 had 65 goals, and Peter Sullivan had 46 goals and 86 points. The Jets made it to the Avco Cup and Gary Smith gave up the last goal in WHA history to Dave Semenko
Dave Semenko
David John Semenko is a retired hockey player who played for the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, and Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL...

 in a 7–3 Jets win.

Career leaders (WHA)

  • Games: Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull, OC is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. Hull was famous for his blonde hair, blinding skating speed, and having the hardest shot, earning...

    , 411
  • Goals: Bobby Hull, 303
  • Assists: Ulf Nilsson, 344
  • Points: Bobby Hull, 638
  • Penalty Minutes: Kim Clackson
    Kim Clackson
    Kimbel Gerald Clackson A professional ice hockey player who played 106 games in the National Hockey League and 271 games in the World Hockey Association...

    , 413
  • Goaltending Wins: Joe Daley
    Joe Daley
    For the professional golfer, see Joe Daley Thomas Joseph Daley is a former National Hockey League and World Hockey Association goalkeeper for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, and Winnipeg Jets....

    , 167
  • Shutouts: Joe Daley, 12


The 1976, 1978 and 1979 Avco Cup winning Winnipeg Jets were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1985 when the first honoured members were named and plaques were erected in their honour. The first group of inductees was large in order to recognize the accomplishments of Manitoba players, coaches, builders and teams at the...

 in the team category.

The NHL years (1979–1996)

By 1979, the vast majority of the WHA's teams had folded, but the Jets were still going strong and they were absorbed
NHL–WHA merger
The 1979 merger of the NHL and WHA was the culmination of several years of negotiations between the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association that resulted in four WHA franchises joining the NHL as expansion franchises for the 1979–80 season...

 into the NHL along with the Nordiques, Oilers and Hartford Whalers
Hartford Whalers
The Hartford Whalers were a professional ice hockey team based for most of its existence in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.. The club played in the World Hockey Association from 1972–79 and in the National Hockey League from 1979–97...

. They had to pay a high price for a berth in the more established league, however. They had to give up three of their top six scorers – the core of the last WHA champion – in a reclamation draft. They were also forced to draft 18th out of 21 teams. In the draft, they opted to protect defenseman Scott Campbell, who had shown a good deal of promise in the last WHA season. However, Campbell suffered from chronic asthma that was only exacerbated by Winnipeg's frigid weather. The asthma drove him out of the league entirely by 1982.

With a decimated roster, the Jets finished dead last in the league for the next two seasons, including a horrendous nine-win season in 1980–81 that still ranks as the worst in Jets/Coyotes history. This stands in marked contrast to the other 1979 Avco Cup finalist, the Oilers, who became one of the most powerful teams the game has ever seen during the 1980s.

The Jets' first two wretched NHL seasons did net them high draft picks; in the 1981
1981 NHL Entry Draft
The 1981 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. The National Hockey League teams selected 211 players eligible for entry into professional ranks, in the reverse order of the 1980–81 NHL season and playoff standings. This is the list of those players...

 they drafted future Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup...

 member Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001...

 first overall and in the 1981
1980 NHL Entry Draft
The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum. This was the first time that an NHL arena hosted the draft. The National Hockey League teams selected 210 players eligible for entry into professional ranks, in the reverse order of the 1979–80 NHL season and playoff standings. This is the...

 Dave Babych
Dave Babych
David Michael Babych is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who spent 19 seasons in the National Hockey League . He is currently an assistant director of player personnel with the Vancouver Canucks...

 second overall. The team developed a solid core of players by the mid-1980s, with Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player and coach. Steen is the current city councillor for the Winnipeg ward of Elmwood-East Kildonan. Steen played professional ice hockey in the Elitserien, National Hockey League and Deutsche Eishockey Liga.-Hockey career:Steen was born...

, Paul MacLean, Randy Carlyle
Randy Carlyle
Randolph Robert Carlyle is a former ice hockey defenceman and formely the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. He was raised in Azilda, just northwest of Sudbury, Ontario.-Career:...

, Laurie Boschman
Laurie Boschman
Laurie Joseph Boschman is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played in the NHL for 14 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators, a team in which he was captain of in his final NHL season.He currently lives in...

, Doug Smail
Doug Smail
Douglas Dean Smail is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played in the NHL for thirteen seasons from 1980 through 1993.-Playing career:...

, and David Ellett
David Ellett
David George John "Dave" Ellett is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL for 16 seasons...

 providing a strong nucleus.

Led by Hawerchuk, Steen, Babych and Carlyle, the Jets returned to respectability fairly quickly, and made the playoffs 11 times in the next 15 years. However, regular-season success did not transfer over into the playoffs. This was because Winnipeg played in the same division
Smythe Division
The NHL's Smythe Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honor of Conn Smythe. It is the fore-runner of the NHL's Northwest Division and NHL's Pacific Division....

 as the Oilers and Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

 – by some accounts, the two best teams in the league during the second half of the 1980s. Due to the way the playoffs were structured at the time, the Jets were all but assured of having to beat either the Oilers or the Flames (or both) to get to the Campbell Conference Finals. For example, in 1984–85, they finished with the fourth-best record in the entire league (behind only Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League...

, Edmonton and Washington
Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League . Since their founding in 1974, "The Caps" have won one conference championship to reach the 1998 Stanley Cup...

). They also notched 96 points, which would remain the franchise's best as an NHL team until the 2009–10 Coyotes
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes season
The 2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes season was the Coyotes' 31st season in the National Hockey League , 38th season over all, and 14th season in Phoenix. After numerous seasons of losing money, the team was placed into bankruptcy and taken over by the NHL...

 racked up the franchise's second 100-point season (and first as an NHL team). While they managed to dispatch the Flames in four games in the best-of-five division semi-final, they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Oilers in the division final. In fact, Winnipeg and Edmonton played each other in the playoffs six times between 1983 and 1990. The Oilers not only won every series, but held the Jets to only four total victories. Five of those times (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990), the Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup is an ice hockey club trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League playoffs champion after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals. It has been referred to as The Cup, Lord Stanley's Cup, The Holy Grail, or facetiously as Lord Stanley's Mug...

. The Jets would win only one other playoff series, in 1987 (defeating Calgary in the division semi-final before losing to Edmonton in the division final).

Demise and relocation

As the NHL expanded in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, operating costs and salaries grew rapidly; this development hit the league's Canadian teams particularly hard. Canadian teams were forced to pay salaries in US dollars while collecting Canadian revenues, which was a serious drain on their finances given the declining value of the Canadian dollar. By 1996, the exchange rate was $1.40 Canadian for each American dollar. Winnipeg felt the pinch especially hard as it was the league's second-smallest market (becoming the smallest market after the Quebec Nordiques
Quebec Nordiques
The Quebec Nordiques were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League...

 moved to Denver in 1995). Despite a loyal fan following, serious doubts were raised about whether Winnipeg could support an NHL team in this new environment. Additionally, their home arena, Winnipeg Arena
Winnipeg Arena
Winnipeg Arena was an indoor arena located at 1430 Maroons Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba, across the street from Canad Inns Stadium and just north of Polo Park.Built in 1955, it was owned by community-owned Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation...

, seated only 15,300 for hockey--the smallest in the league at the time.

Various schemes were devised to save the team. Attempts to find a local buyer were unsuccessful, with league commissioner Gary Bettman
Gary Bettman
Gary Bruce Bettman is the commissioner of the National Hockey League , a post he has held since February 1, 1993. Previously, Bettman was a senior vice-president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association...

 saying, "there doesn't seem to be anybody, in a serious fashion, who wants to own the franchise." After a final last effort by a team of local businessmen, dubbed the Spirit of Manitoba, fell through, team owner Barry Shenkarow sold the team to American businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke. Burke and Gluckstern originally planned to move the team to Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state...

 (which had lost the North Stars
Minnesota North Stars
The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League for 26 seasons, from 1967 to 1993. The North Stars played their home games at the Met Center in Bloomington, and the team's colors for most of its history were green, yellow, gold and white...

 to Dallas in 1993), but eventually reached an agreement with Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populated city in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data...

 businessman Jerry Colangelo
Jerry Colangelo
Jerry Colangelo , is an American businessman and sports executive.He formerly owned the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, the Arizona Sandsharks of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League and the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major...

 that would see the team move to Arizona
Arizona
Arizona ; is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is Phoenix...

 and become the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . They play their home games at Jobing.com Arena....

. The Winnipeg Jets played their last-ever game on April 28, 1996, a home playoff loss to the Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League , and are one of the Original Six teams of the NHL, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, New York...

 by a score of 4–1. Norm Maciver
Norm Maciver
Norman Steven Maciver is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Maciver played in the National Hockey League as a member of the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise.-Playing...

 scored the last goal in Jets history. Winnipeg was not without hockey for long, however; the American Hockey League
American Hockey League
The American Hockey League is a 30-team professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League...

's Minnesota Moose
Minnesota Moose
The Minnesota Moose was an ice hockey team in the International Hockey League. They played in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, at the Saint Paul Civic Center. The team also played some home games at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Moose were a representative of professional hockey in Minnesota at...

 moved to Winnipeg as the Manitoba Moose
Manitoba Moose
The Manitoba Moose were a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba that played in the International Hockey League from 1996 to 2001 and American Hockey League from 2001 to 2011. The team moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011 to become the St...

 a few months after it was announced that the Jets were leaving town.

During their history, the Jets retired two numbers: Bobby Hull's #9 and Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player and coach. Steen is the current city councillor for the Winnipeg ward of Elmwood-East Kildonan. Steen played professional ice hockey in the Elitserien, National Hockey League and Deutsche Eishockey Liga.-Hockey career:Steen was born...

's #25. Both numbers hang in Jobing.com Arena with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise in the Jets' old blue-red-white colour scheme. Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001...

's #10 was added in 2006, in the Coyotes' current sand-red-black scheme. Another tradition that was retained when the franchise moved to Phoenix was the "white-out", in which fans wore all white to home playoff games. The franchise has yet to win a playoff series while in Phoenix.

Bobby Hull's #9 jersey was temporarily "un-retired" with the acquisition of his son Brett
Brett Hull
Brett Andrew Hull is a former Canadian-American NHL player and the former Executive Vice President of the Dallas Stars. He is the son of Bobby Hull and nephew of Dennis Hull, both former NHL players. Hull is also known as "The Golden Brett," which is a play off of his father's nickname, "The...

 by the Coyotes. Brett wore his father's famous jersey until his own retirement on October 15, 2005, subsequent to which the number was re-retired. The only former original Jets still with an NHL contract for the season are Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League...

 of the Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

, Teemu Selanne
Teemu Selänne
Teemu Ilmari Selänne nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, an alternate captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League . An offensive player known for his skill and speed, Selanne has led the NHL in goal-scoring three times and has been named to...

 of the Anaheim Ducks, and current Coyotes captain Shane Doan
Shane Doan
Shane Albert Doan is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and captain of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League . Doan is the longest tenured player on the club, having played all fourteen of his NHL seasons with the original Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise...

. Doan is also the last player from the original NHL Jets still with the franchise since its relocation; he joined the team during its last season in Winnipeg.

The new Winnipeg Jets

On May 31, 2011, True North Sports and Entertainment, owners of the AHL Moose, announced it had signed an agreement in principle to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers
Atlanta Thrashers
The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Atlanta was granted a franchise in the National Hockey League on June 25, 1997, and became the league's 28th franchise when it began play in the 1999–2000 NHL season...

 from Atlanta Spirit, LLC
Atlanta Spirit, LLC
Atlanta Spirit, LLC is an Atlanta, Georgia-based partnership who owned the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and their home arena, Philips Arena. The seven partners who comprise the group are Michael Gearon, Jr., Bruce Levenson, Ed Peskowitz, J. Rutherford Seydel, Todd Foreman, J. Michael Gearon, Sr., and Beau...

, and to relocate the franchise to Winnipeg. The move was approved by the NHL Board of Governors on June 21, 2011,. Public pressure led the new owners to reclaim the "Winnipeg Jets" name, announcing the decision just prior to their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
2011 NHL Entry Draft
The 2011 NHL Entry Draft was the 49th NHL Entry Draft. It was held on June 24–25, 2011, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was the first time the Draft was held in the state of Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars hosted the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.The top three picks consisted...

. The original Jets history, records, retired numbers, and stats will continue to reside with the Phoenix Coyotes franchise.

True North had previously made bids to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, with the intent of returning the franchise to Winnipeg. Although they were unsuccessful, their approach was praised by Bettman, and so True North received favor from the league when the question of the Thrashers' relocation came up.

The Coyotes and new Jets will meet twice during the 2011–12 NHL season
2011–12 NHL season
The 2011–12 NHL season is the 95th season of operation of the National Hockey League . It is the fifth consecutive season that opens in Europe with NHL Premiere games. As with the previous season, three events are scheduled: two games will be held in Stockholm, Sweden; one game in Helsinki,...

, first on October 15, 2011 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona
Glendale, Arizona
Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, located about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau, the population of the city is 226,721....

, then on December 1, 2011 when the Coyotes make their first trip back to Winnipeg since a pre season game in 2008 as the visiting team against the Jets(<- should this be the Manitoba moose?) at the MTS Centre
MTS Centre
The MTS Centre is an indoor sports arena and entertainment venue in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and home of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. It is located on the former Eaton's site and is owned and operated by True North Sports & Entertainment. The 440,000 square feet ...

 in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg White Out

The Winnipeg White Out is a hockey tradition that dates back to 1987 when fans were asked to wear white clothing to home playoff games, creating a very intimidating effect and atmosphere. It was created as a response to the "C of Red" created by fans of the Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

, who the home town Jets were facing in the first round of the 1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs
1987 Stanley Cup playoffs
The 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs, the championship of the National Hockey League , began with sixteen teams on April 8, 1987. It concluded on May 31, with the Edmonton Oilers defeating the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup.-Series:...

. The Jets eliminated the Flames in six games, and fans wore white for every home playoff game thereafter. Fans coined it the "White Out". Marketing for the team during the playoff referred to the "charge of the white brigade". Fans of the Manitoba Moose
Manitoba Moose
The Manitoba Moose were a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba that played in the International Hockey League from 1996 to 2001 and American Hockey League from 2001 to 2011. The team moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011 to become the St...

 in Winnipeg also continued this tradition, as did fans of the continuing Jets/Coyotes franchise in Phoenix.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals scored for, GA = Goals scored against, PIM = Penalty minutes

WHA era

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoff record
1972–73
1972–73 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1972–73 Winnipeg Jets season was their first season in the World Hockey Association . The Jets' first signing was Norm Beaudin and their first major signing was Bobby Hull.-Bobby Hull:...

 
78 43 31 4 90 285 249 757 first, Western Won Quarter-final (Minnesota
Minnesota Fighting Saints
The Minnesota Fighting Saints was the name of two professional ice hockey teams based in Saint Paul, Minnesota that played in the World Hockey Association. The first team was one of the WHA's original twelve franchises, playing from 1972–76. The second team was relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, and...

)
Won Semi-final (Houston
Houston Aeros (WHA)
The Houston Aeros were a professional ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1978.-Franchise history:The Aeros became one of the original franchises in the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Arrows franchise was moved to Houston in 1972...

)
Lost Final (New England
Hartford Whalers
The Hartford Whalers were a professional ice hockey team based for most of its existence in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.. The club played in the World Hockey Association from 1972–79 and in the National Hockey League from 1979–97...

)
1973–74
1973–74 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1973–74 Winnipeg Jets season was their second season in the World Hockey Association .-Season standings:-Playoffs:The Jets were beaten in the first round of the playoffs in four games by the Houston Aeros.-Forwards:...

 
78 34 39 5 73 264 296 673 fourth, Western Lost Quarter-final (Houston
Houston Aeros (WHA)
The Houston Aeros were a professional ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1978.-Franchise history:The Aeros became one of the original franchises in the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Arrows franchise was moved to Houston in 1972...

)
1974–75
1974–75 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1974–75 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets' third season of operation in the World Hockey Association . The club finished third in the Canadian Division and missed the playoffs.-Game log:-External links:...

 
78 38 35 5 81 322 293 869 third, Canadian Did not qualify
1975–76
1975–76 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1975–76 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets' fourth season of operation in the World Hockey Association . After qualifying first in the Canadian Division, the Jets then proceeded to win three rounds of the playoffs to win their first Avco Cup, sweeping the Houston Aeros 4–0 in the final.-Game...

 
81 52 27 2 106 345 254 940 first, Canadian Won Quarter-final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
Won Semi-final (Calgary
Blazers/Cowboys (WHA)
The Blazers/Cowboys were an ice hockey franchise in the World Hockey Association from 1972–1977. Originally in 1972, the franchise was to be based out of Miami, Florida, called the Miami Screaming Eagles. But due to money problems and a lack of a suitable arena, they never played a game in Miami...

)
Won Final (Houston
Houston Aeros (WHA)
The Houston Aeros were a professional ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1978.-Franchise history:The Aeros became one of the original franchises in the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Arrows franchise was moved to Houston in 1972...

)
1976–77
1976–77 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1976–77 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets' fifth season of operation in the World Hockey Association . The Jets, the defending WHA champions, made it to the Avco Cup final before losing to the Quebec Nordiques.-Game log:-Regular season:Scoring...

 
80 46 32 2 94 366 291 991 second, Western Won Quarter-final (San Diego
San Diego Mariners
The San Diego Mariners were an ice hockey team based in San Diego that played in the World Hockey Association. They played from 1974 to 1977. Their home ice was San Diego Sports Arena...

)
Won Semi-final (Houston
Houston Aeros (WHA)
The Houston Aeros were a professional ice hockey team in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1978.-Franchise history:The Aeros became one of the original franchises in the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Arrows franchise was moved to Houston in 1972...

)
Lost Final (Quebec
Quebec Nordiques
The Quebec Nordiques were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League...

)
1977–78
1977–78 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1977–78 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets sixth season of operation in the World Hockey Association . The Jets, finalists in 1977, qualified first for the playoffs and the championship against the New England Whalers in the Final...

 
80 50 28 2 102 381 270 988 first, WHA Won Quarter-final (Birmingham
Birmingham Bulls
The Birmingham Bulls were a professional ice hockey team based in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. They played in the World Hockey Association from 1976 to 1979 and the Central Hockey League from 1979 to 1981. The Bulls played their home games at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.Prior to being...

)
Earned Semi-final bye
Won Final (New England
Hartford Whalers
The Hartford Whalers were a professional ice hockey team based for most of its existence in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.. The club played in the World Hockey Association from 1972–79 and in the National Hockey League from 1979–97...

)
1978–79
1978–79 Winnipeg Jets season
1978-79 was the final year of the World Hockey Association before the league folded.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending-Playoffs:ScoringGoaltending-External links:...

 
80 39 35 6 84 307 306 1342 third, WHA Won Semi-final (Quebec
Quebec Nordiques
The Quebec Nordiques were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League...

)
Won Final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
WHA totals 555 302 227 26 630 2270 1958 6560

NHL era

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoff record
1979–80
1979–80 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1979–80 Winnipeg Jets season was their eighth season and their first season in the National Hockey League.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending-Trades:-Waivers:-Free agents:-NHL Amateur Draft:-Reclaimed Players:...

 
80 20 49 11 51 214 314 1251 fifth, Smythe Did not qualify
1980–81
1980–81 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1980–81 Winnipeg Jets season was the Winnipeg Jets' second season in the National Hockey League. In the 1980-81 season they finished fifth in the NHL's Smythe Division. The team scored 246 goals and conceded 400 goals. The Jets won 9 games, lost 57 games and tied 14 games...

 
80 9 57 14 32 246 400 1191 fifth, Smythe Did not qualify
1981–82
1981–82 Winnipeg Jets season
-Game log:-Trades:-Waivers:-Free agents:-External links:...

80 33 33 14 80 319 332 1314 second, Norris Lost Norris Semi-final (St. Louis)
1982–83
1982–83 Winnipeg Jets season
-Game log:-Playoffs: Regular Season # Player Name Age Pos. GP G A Pts PIM Dale Hawerchuk 19 C 79 40 51 91 31 Paul MacLean 24 F 80 32 44 76 121...

80 33 39 8 74 311 333 1089 fourth, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
1983–84
1983–84 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1983–84 Winnipeg Jets season was the twelfth season of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets placed fourth in the Smythe to qualify for the playoffs. The Jets lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the first round.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending...

80 31 38 11 73 340 374 1579 fourth, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
1984–85
1984–85 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1984–85 Winnipeg Jets season was the thirteenth season of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets set an NHL record for most 30-goal scorers in a season and placed second in the Smythe Division to qualify for the playoffs...

 
80 43 27 10 96 358 332 1540 second, Smythe Won Smythe Semi-final (Calgary
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

)
Lost Smythe Final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
1985–86
1985–86 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1985–86 Winnipeg Jets season was the fourteenth season of the Winnipeg Jets. General Manager John Ferguson replaced coach Barry Long late in the season and guided the club on an interim basis to a 7-6-1 record...

 
80 26 47 7 59 295 372 1774 third, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Calgary
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

)
1986–87
1986–87 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1987–88 Winnipeg Jets season was the fifteenth season of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets placed third in the Smythe to qualify for the playoffs...

 
80 40 32 8 88 279 271 1537 third, Smythe Won Smythe Semi-final (Calgary
Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the...

)
Lost Smythe Final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
1987–88
1987–88 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1987–88 Winnipeg Jets season was the sixteenth season of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets placed third in the Smythe to qualify for the playoffs. The Jets lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the first round.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending...

 
80 33 36 11 77 292 310 2278 third, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
1988–89
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1988–89 Winnipeg Jets season saw the Jets finish in fifth place in the Smythe Division with a record of 26 wins, 42 losses, and 12 ties for 64 points.-Regular season:...

 
80 26 42 12 64 300 355 1843 fifth, Smythe Did not qualify
1989–90
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1989–90 Winnipeg Jets season was the eighteenth season of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets placed third in the Smythe to qualify for the playoffs. The Jets lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the first round.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending...

 
80 37 32 11 85 298 290 1639 third, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League ....

)
1990–91
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1990–91 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jet's nineteenth season, twelfth in the NHL. The Jets placed fifth in the Smythe, and did not qualify for the playoffs.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending-Trades:-External links:...

 
80 26 43 11 63 260 288 1675 fifth, Smythe Did not qualify
1991–92
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1991–92 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets' twenty seventh season, nineteenth in the NHL. The Jets placed first in the Smythe, and qualified for the playoffs. The Jets lost the Division Semi-final to the Vancouver Canucks .-Game log:...

 
80 33 32 15 81 251 244 1907 fourth, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Vancouver
Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, :British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The Canucks play their home games at Rogers Arena, formerly known as General Motors Place,...

)
1992–93
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1992–93 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets' twenty-first season, fourteenth in the NHL. The Jets qualified for the playoffs, losing in the first round. Winnipeg was not shut out in any of their regular-season games or playoff games.-Game log:...

 
84 40 37 7 87 322 320 1851 fourth, Smythe Lost Smythe Semi-final (Vancouver
Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, :British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The Canucks play their home games at Rogers Arena, formerly known as General Motors Place,...

)
1993–94
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1993–94 Winnipeg Jets season was the Jets' twenty-second season, fifteenth in the NHL. The Jets finished twelfth in the conference and failed to qualify for the playoffs.-Game log:-Regular season:ScoringGoaltending-Trades:-Free agents:...

 
84 24 51 9 57 245 344 2143 sixth, Central Did not qualify
1994–95
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1994–95 Winnipeg Jets season was the team's 23rd season in Winnipeg and their 16th season in the NHL. Despite missing the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Jets featured the second-best forward line in the NHL that season, as Keith Tkachuk, Teemu Selänne and Alexei Zhamnov scored a...

1
48 16 25 7 39 157 177 1141 sixth, Central Did not qualify
1995–96
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets season
The 1995–96 Winnipeg Jets season was the team's 24th and their final season in Winnipeg before the franchise moved to Phoenix and renamed to the Phoenix Coyotes...

 
82 36 40 6 78 275 291 1622 fifth, Central Lost Conference Quarter-final (Detroit
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League , and are one of the Original Six teams of the NHL, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, New York...

)
NHL totals 1338 506 660 172 1184 4762 5347 27374
Grand total 1893 808 887 198 1814 7032 7305 33934
1 Season was shortened by the 1994–95 NHL lockout.

Team captains

Note: This list includes Jets captains from both the NHL
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

 and WHA
World Hockey Association
The World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926...

.


First round draft picks

Note: This list includes draft picks from both the NHL
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

 and WHA
World Hockey Association
The World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926...

.


Hall of Famers

  • Dale Hawerchuk
    Dale Hawerchuk
    Dale Hawerchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001...

    , C, 1981–90, inducted 2001
  • Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull, OC is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. Hull was famous for his blonde hair, blinding skating speed, and having the hardest shot, earning...

    , LW, 1972–80, inducted 1983
  • Serge Savard
    Serge Savard
    Serge Aubrey "The Senator" Savard, OC, CQ is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman, most famously with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League . He is also a local businessman in Montreal, and is nicknamed the Senator.-Playing career:Savard played minor league hockey with the...

    , D, 1981–83, inducted 1986

Retired numbers

The Winnipeg Jets retired two numbers in their history. When the Jets relocated to Arizona, the banners of these players also made the move, and these numbers remain retired with the Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . They play their home games at Jobing.com Arena....

, now in Coyotes' colors. Number 10 was later retired after the move to Arizona in honor of Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001...

.
  • 9 - Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull, OC is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. Hull was famous for his blonde hair, blinding skating speed, and having the hardest shot, earning...

    , LW, 1972–1980, number retired on February 19, 1989 (the number was briefly unretired by the successor Coyotes franchise for Bobby's son Brett
    Brett Hull
    Brett Andrew Hull is a former Canadian-American NHL player and the former Executive Vice President of the Dallas Stars. He is the son of Bobby Hull and nephew of Dennis Hull, both former NHL players. Hull is also known as "The Golden Brett," which is a play off of his father's nickname, "The...

     in the 2005–06 season before his son Brett retired five games into that season).
  • 25 - Thomas Steen
    Thomas Steen
    Thomas Steen is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player and coach. Steen is the current city councillor for the Winnipeg ward of Elmwood-East Kildonan. Steen played professional ice hockey in the Elitserien, National Hockey League and Deutsche Eishockey Liga.-Hockey career:Steen was born...

    , RW, 1981–1995, number retired on May 6, 1995.

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in Winnipeg Jets history, combining NHL and WHA totals.
Legend:
Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001...

 
C 713 379 550 929 1.30
Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen
Thomas Steen is a Swedish former professional ice hockey player and coach. Steen is the current city councillor for the Winnipeg ward of Elmwood-East Kildonan. Steen played professional ice hockey in the Elitserien, National Hockey League and Deutsche Eishockey Liga.-Hockey career:Steen was born...

 
RW 950 264 553 817 .86
Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull, OC is a former Canadian ice hockey player. He is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. Hull was famous for his blonde hair, blinding skating speed, and having the hardest shot, earning...

 
LW 429 307 341 648 1.51
Paul MacLean  RW 527 248 270 518 .98
Ulf Nilsson
Ulf Nilsson
Ulf "Lill-Pröjsarn" Gösta Nilsson is a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Winnipeg Jets, the New York Rangers, the Springfield Indians and the Tulsa Oilers. Part of the first major wave of Europeans to star in North American hockey, he was a major star in the WHA from 1974 to...

 
C 300 140 344 484 1.61
Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg
Anders Hedberg is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was one of the first European-born players to make an impact in North America...

 
RW 286 236 222 458 1.60
Willy Lindstrom
Willy Lindström
Willy Lindström is a Swedish former ice hockey player for the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In Sweden he played for Västra Frölunda HC and Brynäs IF. He won two Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in 1984 and 1985.In 1975, Lindström signed a contract as a free agent...

 
RW 604 220 229 449 .74
Morris Lukowich
Morris Lukowich
Eugene Morris Lukowich is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was a member of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League from 1976 to 1985, and later played for the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings of the NHL...

 
LW 511 233 213 446 .87
Doug Smail
Doug Smail
Douglas Dean Smail is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played in the NHL for thirteen seasons from 1980 through 1993.-Playing career:...

 
LW 691 189 208 397 .58
Laurie Boschman
Laurie Boschman
Laurie Joseph Boschman is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played in the NHL for 14 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators, a team in which he was captain of in his final NHL season.He currently lives in...

 
LW 526 152 227 379 .72

Winnipeg Jets individual records

  • Most goals in a season: Teemu Selanne
    Teemu Selänne
    Teemu Ilmari Selänne nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, an alternate captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League . An offensive player known for his skill and speed, Selanne has led the NHL in goal-scoring three times and has been named to...

    , 76 (1992–93) (NHL rookie record)
  • Most assists in a season: Phil Housley
    Phil Housley
    Phillip Francis Housley is a former American ice hockey player who played for the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, and Toronto Maple Leafs...

    , 79 (1992–93)
  • Most points in a season: Teemu Selanne 132 (1992–93) (NHL rookie record)
  • Most penalty minutes in a season: Tie Domi
    Tie Domi
    Tahir "Tie" Domi is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. During a sixteen-year NHL career when he was known for his role as an enforcer, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets....

    , 347 (1993–94)
  • Most points in a season, defenceman: Phil Housley, 97 (1992–93)
  • Most points in a season, rookie: Teemu Selanne, 132 (1992–93) (NHL record)
  • Most wins in a season: Brian Hayward
    Brian Hayward
    Brian George Hayward is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender and current colour analyst of the Anaheim Ducks on Prime Ticket/Fox Sports West and KDOC.-Playing career:...

     & Bob Essensa
    Bob Essensa
    Robert Earle Essensa is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender who spent 12 seasons in the National Hockey League...

    , 33 (1984–85 & 1992–93)

See also

  • List of Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) players
  • List of Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) draft picks
  • List of Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) head coaches
  • Phoenix Coyotes
    Phoenix Coyotes
    The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . They play their home games at Jobing.com Arena....

  • World Hockey Association
    World Hockey Association
    The World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926...

  • Avco World Trophy
    Avco World Trophy
    The Avco World Trophy, also known as the Avco Cup, was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association . The trophy's naming rights were sold to the former Avco Corporation , a defense contractor who bought the rights to advertise their consumer finance division...

  • List of defunct NHL teams
  • List of NHL seasons
  • List of NHL players
  • List of ice hockey teams in Manitoba
  • Winnipeg Arena
    Winnipeg Arena
    Winnipeg Arena was an indoor arena located at 1430 Maroons Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba, across the street from Canad Inns Stadium and just north of Polo Park.Built in 1955, it was owned by community-owned Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation...

  • Winnipeg Jets
    Winnipeg Jets
    The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They began play in the World Hockey Association in 1972, moving to the National Hockey League in 1979 following the collapse of the WHA...


Further reading


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