Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets were first established in 1999 in Atlanta, GA and were known as the Atlanta Thrashers. True North bought the team in 2011 and relocated the franchise to Winnipeg. They named the team after the original Jets that played in Winnipeg from 1972 to 1996 which moved to Phoenix. The Jets have enjoyed some breakout young players and had some recent success but still have never won a Stanley Cup.

Basic Facts

Notable players: Dale Hawerchuk, Bobby Hull, Teemu Selanne, Blake Wheeler and Ilya Kovalchuk

Founding Date: 1999

City: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Conference: Western

Number of Stanley Cups: 0

Mascot: Mick E. Moose

Owner: True North Sports and Entertainment

Head Coach: Paul Maurice

Stadium: Bell MTS Place

History And Relocation

The Jets were originally founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999 as the Atlanta Thrashers. The team did not have much success, only making the playoffs once during their time in Atlanta, only to get swept by the Rangers in 2007. After this playoff appearance, the team returned to mediocrity posting losing seasons for 4 straight years. Lack of fan interest caused the team to start losing money, and the ownership group decided it was time to make a change. In 2011, the team was sold to a company based out of Winnipeg, and the team moved north. This was almost 15 years after Winnipeg lost its team (also called the Winnipeg Jets) to Phoenix, so this new team in Winnipeg would have the same name. In Winnipeg, the organization has had much more success, on and off the ice. The city is much more of a hockey town, and fans love their new team.

This is the "Winnipeg Whiteout", which is when all the fans wear white to create an amazing atmosphere usually for a playoff home game.

Current Outlook

As for on the ice performance, the team has made a few playoff runs with strong teams in recent years. The team has some solid veterans like Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien along with some rising stars including Patrick Laine and Kyle Connor. Although these young guns have had their share of success, both of the players mentioned are stuck in RFA troubles, and have yet to sign a deal for this season. That could change soon, but as of now they aren't on the roster. They have immense offensive talent, but this offseason their D-corps were torn apart, and unless someone steps up, the defensemen look really weak for the upcoming season.

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