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October 14, 2016

Jets' "Hot Line" Changed Hockey


Another of the promising new books hitting store shelves this week is Geoff Kirbyson's The Hot Line: How the Legendary Trio of Hull, Hedberg and Nilsson Transformed Hockey and Led the Winnipeg Jets to Greatness.

Here is more from the Winnipeg Sun:

“Bobby Hull, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg were the most exciting line I ever saw,” New York Rangers president Glen Sather writes in the foreword for The Hot Line.

Sather played against The Hot Line in the WHA and later became the head coach and architect of the Edmonton Oilers as they won five Stanley Cups using the blueprint established by the Jets.

The numbers are staggering. Hull had 303 goals and 638 points in 411 WHA games, Nilsson had 140 goals and 484 points in 300 games and Hedberg had 236 goals and 458 points in 286 games. They led the Jets to Avco Cup championships in 1976 and 1978.

Moreso it was the style they played, combining with a defence pairing that normally included captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg to form a five-man unit that could skate around any team, including the best the WHA had to offer and some of the top international sides of the era.

Here is the full story.

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