May 20, 2011
Winnipeg Celebrates Like It's 1979
News broke on Thursday that the Atlanta Thrashers had been sold and were being relocated to Winnipeg for next season. Subsequent reports denied the accuracy of the report, though you have to believe it is an inevitability at this stage.
Did you know it was on this date in 1979 that the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers to win the last ever World Hockey Association's Avco Cup championship? Thanks to YouTube, here's some footage:
Of course the WHA folded after that, and the Jets, Oilers, Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers jumped to the NHL. Winn
For more information on the Winnipeg Jets, especially their WHA days, check out the book The Winnipeg Jets: A Celebration of Hockey In Winnipeg