Division championships. 3 ( 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78) The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg. They began play in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972. The club joined the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979 after the NHL merged with the WHA.
On December 27, 1971, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the World Hockey Association (WHA). By 1979, the vast majority of the WHA's teams had folded, but the Jets were still going strong and they were absorbed into the NHL along with the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers as part of the WHA–NHL merger.
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Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Jets played in the National Hockey League for 17 seasons before being relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and were renamed the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996. A new Winnipeg Jets team was relocated back to Winnipeg from the Atlanta Thrashers in 2011.
List of Winnipeg Jets (1972–1996) draft picks. The Jets selected Dale Hawerchuk 1st overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. This is a list of ice hockey players who were drafted in the National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets (1972–1996). It includes every player who was drafted, regardless of whether they played for the team.
- The year that the player was selected
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Apr 18, 2021 · Main article: Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) Dean Kennedy playing for the original Winnipeg Jets. The team was founded in 1972, joined the NHL in 1979, and moved to Phoenix in 1996. On December 27, 1971, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the World Hockey Association (WHA). By 1979, the vast majority of the ...
The team announced the Winnipeg Jets as their name when they selected 7th in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on June 25, 2011. Kevin Cheveldayoff was named its first General Manager on June 8, 2011 and Claude Noel was named the new head coach of the Jets on June 23, 2011. The first Winnipeg Jets played in the NHL from 1972 to 1996.
The Winnipeg Jets are a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by True North Sports & Entertainment, which relocated and renamed the former Atlanta Thrashers franchise prior to the 2011–12 NHL season (the first NHL franchise relocated since the ...
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The WHA Years
The NHL had recently expanded to 16 teams, adding franchises in many hockey-hungry cities (only one in Canada), but also in Atlanta, Oakland and Los Angeles. The WHA brought major professional hockey to Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and later Calgary. In 1972, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the WHA. The Jets' first signing was Norm Beaudin ("the Original Jet") and the teams first major signing was Bobby Hull. Hull's acquisition, partially financed by the res...
The NHL Years
By 1979, the vast majority of the WHA's teams had folded, but the Jets were still going strong and they were absorbed into the NHL. In doing so, they had to give up three of their top six scorers – the core of the last WHA champion – and were forced to draft 18th out of 21 teams. With a decimated roster, the Jets finished last in the league in the next two seasons, including a horrendous nine-win season in 1980-81that still ranks as the worst in franchise history. This stands in marked contra...
Although a new arena has since been built in downtown Winnipeg to replace the aged Winnipeg Arena, the arena's managers have stated that the 15,000 seat MTS Centre was not erected in hopes of attracting an NHL team back to the city. However, the arena could be easily upgraded to NHL standards. A frenzy erupted in the local and national media when many Winnipeg businessmen expressed that they were pro-actively approaching the idea and were in the process of forming an ownership group, although as of the end of the 2006-2007 seasonthere had been no official statement. During the 2007 Manitoba provincial election campaign, Conservatives promised to bring an NHL team back to Winnipeg if elected. The elected New Democratic Party of Manitoba has also mentioned their support for the return of the Jets, with Premier Gary Doer saying he has been in talks to bring a team to the province. During a press conference Gary Bettman stated that the idea of Winnipeg having an NHL team sounds intrigui...
Note:GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals scored for, GA = Goals scored against, PIM = Penalty minutes
Note: This list includes Jets captains from both the NHL and WHA.
First Round Draft Picks
Note: This list includes draft picks from both the NHL and WHA.
Hall of Famers
1. Dale Hawerchuk, C, 1981-90, inducted 2001 2. Bobby Hull, RW, 1972-80, inducted 1983 3. Serge Savard, D, 1981-83, inducted 1986Most Goals in a season: Teemu Selanne, 76 (1992-93) (NHL rookie record)Most Assists in a season: Phil Housley, 79 (1992-93)Most Points in a season: Teemu Selanne 132 (1992-93)Most Penalty Minutes in a season: Tie Domi, 347 (1993-94)