Winnipeg Jets is back in NHL

Its now clear that the new Winnipeg team will use the old name Winnipeg Jets when they will play in the NHL next year.

It´s been 15 years ago since Winnipeg had a team in the NHL, it played in the NHL between 1979 and 1996, when it moved to Arizona and become Phoenix Coyotes. The team thats moving to Winnipeg now is Atlanta Thrashers.

We have thought about this for a long time, and it wasn´t an easy descision. We where thinking for something new but we always got back to the old name and we belive this is the best way to go.

says Mark Chipman part owner in Jets to TSN

Winnipeg Jets memorial

Famous players from Winnipeg Jets 1979-1996:

Lars-Erik Sjöberg
Thomas Steen
Dale Hawerchick
Keith Tkachuk

They had three Hall of Famers

Bobby Hull, 1972-80, Elected 1983.
Serge Savard, 1981-83, Elected 1986.
Dale Hawerchuk, 1981-90, Elected 2001.

Two jerseys has been reteried

#9 Bobby Hull
#25 Thomas Steen

The last time Winnipeg played in the NHL players like Nikolaj Chabibulin, Teppo Numminen,Keith Tkachuk,Alexej Zjamnov,Dallas Drake,Igor Koroljov,Teemu Selänne and Darren Turcotte played for Winnipeg.

Thomas Steen become the first Swede ever to get his number retired in the NHL on the 6th of may 1995.