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Winnipeg Jets (1972-1996)

Founded: December 27, 1971Final Game:April 28, 1996
Home Rink: Winnipeg ArenaBecame:Arizona Coyotes

The Winnipeg Jets 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. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and became the Phoenix Coyotes (now the Arizona Coyotes).

Deeper Dive

The Last Regular-Season Game for the Original Jets

On April 14, 1996, the original Winnipeg Jets played their last-ever regular season game, just a few months prior to their relocation to Phoenix, Arizona. It did not go well, and was the last big missed opportunity for a franchise that missed many. Read more…

Winnipeg Jets final regular season 1996
Winnipeg Jets celebrate during their final regular season game, Apr. 14, 1996 (Glenn Cratty/Allsport)

The Players

More Jets History

Teemu Selanne’s Unbreakable Record

Everyone has a sports record locked in their mind that will live with them forever. For many, it’s the number of goals “Finnish Flash” Teemu Selanne potted in his 1992-93 rookie campaign for the Winnipeg Jets that stands on top. Read more…

Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets, Alumni Game, Heritage Classic
What a homecoming it would be for Jets fans to see Selanne sport the Winnipeg jersey one more time. (Credit: Glenn Cratty/ALLSPORT)


  • Ab McDonald, 1972-74
  • Dan Johnson, 1974-1975
  • Lars-Erik Sjoberg, 1975-1978, 1979-1980
  • Barry Long, 1978-1979
  • Morris Lukowich, 1980-1981
  • Dave Christian, 1981-1982
  • Lucien DeBlois, 1982-1984
  • Dale Hawerchuk, 1984-1989
  • Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, and Randy Carlyle, 1989-1990
  • Thomas Steen and Randy Carlyle, 1990-1991
  • Troy Murray, 1991-1993
  • Dean Kennedy, 1993
  • Keith Tkachuk, 1993-1995
  • Kris King, 1995-1996