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The Whinnipeg Jets are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The Whinnipeg Jets play in the Central Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Carolina Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals, the Florida Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Jets tickets will be a hot item during the 2014-2015 NHL hockey schedule.

Whinnipeg Jets 2014-2015 Outlook

After another disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs in a brutally tough division, the Jets chose not to make any meaningful improvements to the roster, so you do the math. There’s some talent here, to be sure, including Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, and the underrated Bryan Little, as well as two potential future stars in Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba. So they’re not a lost cause by any means. But it’s awfully hard to see them spontaneously improving enough to make up all that ground in the Central.


On December 27, 1971, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the World Hockey Association (WHA). By 1979, the vast majority of the WHA’s teams had folded, but the Jets were still going strong and they were absorbed into the NHL along with the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers as part of the WHA–NHL merger. Team owner Barry Shenkarow sold the team to American businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke. Burke and Gluckstern originally planned to move the team to Minnesota (which had lost the North Stars to Dallas in 1993), but eventually reached an agreement with Phoenix businessman Jerry Colangelo that would see the team move to Arizona and become the Phoenix Coyotes. The Winnipeg Jets played their last game on April 28, 1996.

The city of Atlanta was awarded an NHL expansion franchise, named the Atlanta Thrashers, on June 25, 1997. It was the second NHL franchise for Atlanta (their first being the Atlanta Flames, established in 1972, who departed for Calgary in 1980 to become the Calgary Flames). The Thrashers began play in the 1999–2000 season.

In their 12 years, the Thrashers qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs only once, during the 2006–07 season, and never won a playoff game. Partially due to their lack of playoff success, the team had difficulty drawing fans to attend their games over their final seasons.

On May 20, 2011, the Winnipeg Sun confirmed that an agreement in principle has been reached for True North to purchase the Thrashers, while Winnipeg’s mayor Sam Katz announced that he was confident that the Thrashers’ relocation to Winnipeg would soon be officially announced. On May 31, 2011, at a press conference at the MTS Centre, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the Atlanta Thrashers had been sold to True North, and would relocate to Winnipeg for the 2011–12 season pending the approval of the sale and relocation by the NHL Board of Governors, which came at their June 21, 2011 meeting.

The Jets made their formal regular season debut on October 9, 2011, when a sellout crowd at MTS Centre saw the visiting Montreal Canadiens defeat the Jets, 5-1, with Nik Antropov scoring the first-ever Jets goal. Other highlights on the first Jets’ schedule have included a home-and-home set with the Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg’s previous NHL franchise (including a December 1 game in Winnipeg, the Coyotes’ first regular season appearance in Winnipeg since vacating the city), as well as a December 17 home game against the Anaheim Ducks, which was former Jet Teemu Selanne’s first playing appearance in Winnipeg since being traded from the Jets in February 1996.

The Jets inherited the Thrashers’ position in the Southeast Division for the 2011–12 season, prompting the NHL and NHLPA to consider realignment of teams. Beginning in 2013–14, the Jets moved to the Western Conference and play in the new-look seven-team Central Division.

MTS Centre

The Winnipeg Jets play their home games in the MTS Centre.  The MTS Centre is an indoor sports arena and entertainment venue in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The arena is the home of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League and previously served as the home of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose (now the St. John’s IceCaps) from 2004 to 2011.

The MTS Centre stands on the former Eaton’s site and is owned and operated by True North Sports & Entertainment. The 440,000 square feet (41,000 m2) building was constructed at a cost of $133.5 million CAD. It opened on November 16, 2004, replacing the since-demolished Winnipeg Arena. It has a capacity of 15,004 for hockey and 16,345 for concerts. Originally known as the True North Centre during its planning and construction stages, its naming rights are owned by Manitoba Telecom Services.

Bon Jovi played the MTS Centre December 9, 2007 and was the largest event the centre has seen since its 2004 debut. 16,000+ fans enjoyed the New Jersey rock band and Jon Bon Jovi stated "We’ll be back" during his performance. However, the Metallica concert on October 12, 2009 broke this record with Metallica selling more because of general admission on the floor.

The MTS Centre also hosted on September 17, 2006, an NHL pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Phoenix Coyotes in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,015, before 12 seats were removed, with the Oilers winning 5–0. Later the arena hosted another NHL exhibition game with the former Winnipeg franchise, the Phoenix Coyotes, playing host to the Calgary Flames on September 24, 2008. Calgary defeated Phoenix 3–2, in front of 12,621 fans. On September 24, 2009, the MTS Centre welcomed the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning to face off the year’s NHL exhibition game. The Lightning won in overtime over the Oilers 4–3 . On September 22, 2010, the MTS Centre welcomed the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second straight year for an exhibition game in front of a crowd of 14,092. The Lightning won the game 4–2.

Pink performed at MTS Centre on January 14, 2014 as part of her The Truth About Love Tour.

Justin Bieber brought his My World Tour to the arena on September 14, 2010, and later brought his Believe Tour to the arena on October 18, 2012. Both of the concerts were performed to sell-out crowds.

Pop superstar Lady Gaga performed a sold out concert at the arena on May 22, 2014 as part of her world tour, ArtRave: The Artpop Ball.

MTS Centre
300 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 5S4

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