Today in Hockey History: June 23

Today in Hockey History: June 23

June 23rd, 2020 On this date, the Hall of Fame opened its doors to the greatest player who ever laced up a pair of skates in the National Hockey League. Also, we saw a pair of historic first overall draft picks made on June 23. The Class of 99 The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its newest class for induction...
Jets Facing Some Tough Decisions for 2020-21

Jets Facing Some Tough Decisions for 2020-21

June 22nd, 2020 The Winnipeg Jets are set to open training camp on July 10 and meet the Calgary Flames later this summer in a best-of-five play-in series that will purportedly take place at a venue in Canada. However, the Jets also must consider the 2020-21 season (whenever that may be) and how they will fill...

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June 9th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

Nothing is etched in ice, but if the NHL has its way, the 2020 Playoffs will be sometime this summer. Should the league pull it off, the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames will clash in one of the eight best-of-five series in the qualifying round. When and where that will happen is still anybody's guess -- as is how the teams match up. The Jets enter as the ninth seed with a 37-28-6 record and 80 points. The Flames come in with a 36-27-7 record and 79 points but earned the eighth seed by virtue of points percentage (.564 to the Jets' .563). The series winner will advance to the best-of-seven first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against one of the top four seeds in the Western Conference. The Only Meeting of 2019-20 The teams met just once during the season, on Oct. 26, when the Jets won 2-1 on an overtime goal from Bryan Little in the Tim Hortons Heritage Classic in Regina. The Winnipeg Jets celebrate their win over the Calgary Flames in overtime of the NHL Heritage...
June 6th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

On May 26, the NHL organized a plan listing what teams will face each other in the Stanley Cup play-ins, whenever those might begin. There are still details to work out, but step one has determined which teams will be pitted against each other in a best-of-five series. This week the NHL and the NHLPA also agreed on the format of the playoff rounds. Item One: The Winnipeg Jets vs. the Calgary Flames Here’s what we know about the Winnipeg Jets' postseason. They will face the Calgary Flames in the play-ins, and the team to win three games will move onto the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Related: Winnipeg Jets News & Rumors: Hawerchuk, Byfuglien & Hellebuyck Because both teams can ice highly-skilled offensive players, it’s hard to know if one has an edge. The Jets have the better goalie, the Flames have the better defense, and the Jets have the best set of forwards. It should be a fun series. The teams were only...
June 6th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

The Jets 1.0 had many notable stars who played the bulk or a big chunk of their careers in Winnipeg, such as Randy Carlyle, Dale Hawerchuk, Paul MacLean, Teppo Numminen, and Thomas Steen. Related: Top 5 Winnipeg Jets 1.0 Draft Picks of All Time Those players are synonymous with the Jets. However, the Jets also had many well-known, longstanding players who suited up for them only briefly — usually at the outset or tail-end of their careers — who are best known for their contributions to other teams. Here's a look at five players you (probably) didn't know were Jets. Gary Smith (1978-1980) Toronto-born goaltender Gary Smith had an up-and-down career. Nicknamed "Suitcase" due to playing for so many different teams, he dressed for mostly woeful squads — such as the defunct Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals franchise (where he was the league-leader in losses and goals against in both 1969-70 and 1970-71) and the Vancouver Canucks in their early years. Gary...
June 4th, 2020
Jets History

On Oct. 17, 1980, the Winnipeg Jets scored an impressive 6-2 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks, bringing their record to 1-2-0 on the young season. Morris Lukowich scored a hat trick, Markus Mattson stopped 40 shots, and things were looking up for the Jets. Little did they know they were about to enter into a hockey hell never experienced by any NHL team, before or since. Related: Top 10 Highest Scoring NHL Games of the Modern Era The Jets, it turned out, would not win another game for over two months. In the process, they established a new league record for consecutive games without a win – 30. As autumn gave way to the depths of a typically frigid Manitoba winter, the Jets lost 23 and tied seven in a valley of darkness that seemed to have no end. Jets' Second NHL Season The 1980-81 season was Winnipeg’s second in the NHL. The franchise was born in 1972 as a charter member of the rival World Hockey Association. In 1979, after years of speculation, the WHA...