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The All-Time 7: TSN's Winnipeg Jets All-Time Team

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08.05.2020

Sr. Managing Editor of Hockey

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TSN Hockey introduces the All-Time 7 Project. We are naming all-time teams – 21 players, a head coach and GM - for each of the seven Canadian NHL clubs. Today, we continue with the Winnipeg Jets.

Three teams in one.

That’s what it amounts to for the Winnipeg Jets’ all-time team.

Blending the WHA Jets with the NHL Jets 1.0 and 2.0 results in a powerful aggregation of players from Bobby Hull to Dale Hawerchuk to present day stars Connor Hellebuyck, Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele.

If you add in Dustin Byfuglien who didn’t play a single game this season, but did not officially part company with the Jets until mid-April, Winnipeg has more 2019-20 players (four) on its all-time team than any other Canadian NHL franchise.

The WHA roots of the franchise are represented by six players – Hot Line members Hull, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg, left winger Morris Lukowich, goalie Joe Daley and foundational player Lars-Erik Sjoberg.

The Jets 1.0 have 10 representatives, while the Jets 2.0 has five.

Of course, the all-time team is actually four teams in one. Three all-timers - Wheeler, Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd – were part of the Atlanta Thrashers, who were relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 in a case of turnabout is fair play.

The first iteration of the NHL Jets was relocated to Phoenix in 1996 when Eddie Olczyk famously told fans, “wherever this team ends up, when this team wins a Stanley Cup, it’s coming back to Winnipeg.”

Olczyk, for all his 201 points in 214 games with the Jets, missed out on being eligible for the all-time team because he didn’t play the requisite 225 regular season games.

Don’t worry, though, the all-time Jets have no shortage of........

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