Winnipeg Jets facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsWinnipeg Jets
|Home arena||Bell MTS Place|
|Colours||Polar night blue, aviator blue, silver, red, white
TSN Radio 1290
|Owner(s)||True North Sports & Entertainment
(Mark Chipman, executive chairman & governor)
|General manager||Kevin Cheveldayoff|
|Head coach||Paul Maurice|
|Minor league affiliates||Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Jacksonville Icemen (ECHL)
The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Central Division of the Western Conference. The team is owned by True North Sports & Entertainment and plays its home games at Bell MTS Place.
The Jets began play as the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999–2000 NHL season. True North Sports & Entertainment then bought the team in May 2011 and relocated the franchise from Atlanta to Winnipeg prior to the 2011–12 season (the first NHL franchise to relocate since the Hartford Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997). The team was renamed the Jets after Winnipeg's original WHA/NHL team, which relocated after the 1995–96 season to become the Arizona Coyotes.
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The Thrashers take the puck into the offensive zone against the St. Louis Blues at Philips Arena on September 22, 2007.
Crowds gather at The Forks in Winnipeg on May 31, 2011, for the official announcement that the Atlanta Thrashers would relocate to Winnipeg pending the approval of the NHL's Board of Governors.
The team celebrate their first regulation win as the Jets at the MTS Centre on October 17, 2011.
Recording 323 assists as a member of the Jets, Blake Wheeler is the franchise's all-time assist leader.
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