WINNIPEG – Some questions regarding the NHL in Winnipeg:
Question: Where did the Jets come from:
Answer: They were a founding team in the World Hockey Association in 1972.
Q: How did they do?
A: They won WHA championships in 1976, 1978 and 1979.
Q: When did they enter the NHL?
A: In 1979 when WHA folded.
Q: Who starred for the Jets?
A: Bobby Hull, Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne.
Q: What went wrong with the NHL in Winnipeg?
A: Small Winnipeg market, aging arena, escalating salaries, poor Canadian dollar.
Q: When was their last game?
A : April 28, 1996—a 4-1 playoff loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings before a sellout crowd of more than 15,000.
Q: Were the Jets losing money?
A: They lost $13.5 million during the 1994-95 season.
Q: Where did they go?
A: Phoenix, via a US$65-million sale to Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke.
Q: Were they attempts to save the Jets?
A: Many. Kids broke open their piggy banks and three levels of government promised to build a new $111-million arena for the team to play in free of charge. But no new local ownership could be found and fans were eventually drained at the prolonged farewell.
Q: Could potential new owners in Winnipeg use the Jets name?
A: It seems so. The NHL is said to own the name and logo.
Q: What would happen to the AHL Manitoba Moose?
A: The American Hockey League isn’t saying much other than it “has potential contingencies in place.”