September 11, 2006

Remembering the Winnipeg Jets

I am pleased to announce the newest channel on the Legends of Hockey Network is the Winnipeg Jets Legends

The now defunct Jets have a proud and storied history spanning two leagues. Bobby Hull, hockey's Golden Jet, became the first and arguably most famous Jet of all time. He quickly teamed with two imported Swedish players, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson. The trio became arguably hockey's greatest line of the 1970s, and led Winnipeg to two WHA championships.

In 1979, the WHA folded and the remaining teams, including the Jets, merged with the NHL. The Jets key assets were stripped, and the team got off to a horrendous start. But soon the arrival of key players, notably Dale Hawerchuk and Thomas Steen, created a white fever in the city of Winnipeg, home of hockey's greatest hockey fans.

Dale Hawerchuk - A junior and international star as well, for a time in the 1980s Hawerchuk may have been the best player in the league not named Gretzky.

Anders Hedberg - Anders Hedberg teamed with Bobby Hull and countryman Ulf Nilsson to be arguably the greatest line in all of hockey in the 1970s

Bobby Hull - The Golden Jet might be better known now as Brett's dad, but this Chicago and Winnipeg legend is one of the most important players in hockey history

Morris Lukowich - Morris Lukowich was a goal scoring threat with both the WHA Jets and the NHL Jets.

Kent Nilsson - Nicknamed "Magic Man" and "The Swedish Gretzky," Kent Nilsson was a joy to watch. He was skilled and creative as they come.

Ulf Nilsson - Perhaps a little more underrated than running mates Anders Hedberg and Bobby Hull, it was Nilsson's slick playmaking and defensive conscience that really made that famous line click.

Thomas Steen - A quintessential Winnipeg Jet, the former captain is remembered as one of the most cerebral and most underrated stars of the 1980s

Peter Sullivan - A solid contributor in the World Hockey Association, "Silky" couldn't get untracked under John Ferguson's NHL watch of the Jets

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