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Winnipeg Jets

Founded:1999GM:Kevin Cheveldayoff
Owned By:Mark ChipmanCoach:Rick Bowness
Home Rink:Bell MTS PlaceCaptain:Blake Wheeler
AHL Affiliate:Manitoba MooseECHL Affiliate:None

The Jets were established as the Atlanta Thrashers on June 25, 1997 and became the League’s 28th franchise when it began play in the 1999–2000 NHL season. True North Sports & Entertainment then bought the team in May 2011 and relocated the franchise from Atlanta to Winnipeg prior to the 2011–12 season (the first NHL franchise to relocate since the Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997). The team was renamed the Jets after Winnipeg’s original WHA/NHL team, which relocated after the 1995–96 season to become the Phoenix Coyotes.

Deeper Dive

2021-22 Season Roster

Mason AppletonNathan BeaulieuEric Comrie
Kyle ConnorDylan DeMeloConnor Hellebuyck
Adam BrooksBrenden Dillon
Pierre-Luc DuboisVille Heinola
Nikolaj EhlersJosh Morrissey
Jansen HarkinsNelson Nogier
Adam LowryNeal Pionk
Zach SanfordDylan Samberg
Mark ScheifeleNate Schmidt
Paul StastnyLogan Stanley
CJ Suess
Evgeny Svechnikov
Dominic Toninato
Kristian Vesalainen
Blake Wheeler

Jersey History

In late 1971, the city was awarded a professional hockey franchise that would begin play the following year. Unfortunately, the Winnipeg Jets were to play in the World Hockey Association, a troublesome, tumultuous seven-year venture that ended with the National Hockey League absorbing four of the six remaining WHA teams in 1979. Read more…

Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy in 2020. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Players

More Jets History

Reliving Their Firsts

Now is a good time to reflect back on some of the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 “firsts.” The Jets have been lighting up the goal lamp, stopping pucks, dropping the gloves and winning games since they came back to Winnipeg in 2011 — it’s time to re-live the “firsts.” Read more…

Nik Antropov
Nik Antropov scored the first goal in franchise history on Oct. 9, 2011.


(Note: List does not include Atlanta Thrashers captains)