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Winnipeg Jets
City: Winnipeg, Manitoba
League: Western Canada
Hockey League
Operated: 1967-77
Home Arena: Winnipeg Arena
Colours: Red & White
Franchise history
1967-73: Winnipeg Jets
1973-76: Winnipeg Clubs
1976-77: Winnipeg Monarchs
1977-87: Calgary Wranglers
1987-Present: Lethbridge Hurricanes

The Winnipeg Jets were a junior hockey team that played in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1967 to 1977. The franchise played at Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Note: This article contains the history of the Winnipeg portion of this franchise. From 1967 to 1977, including the Jets, Clubs, and Monarchs.

HistoryEdit

During the summer of 1967, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association agreed to allowed three teams to enter the Western Canada Junior Hockey League, the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Flin Flon Bombers from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and a new team, the Ben Hatskin's owned Winnipeg Jets.

After one season of operating both the World Hockey Association Jets and the Junior Jets, Hatskin put the Junior Jets up for sale. A group led by Coach and General Manager Gerry Brisson purchase them. The new owners had a 3 year deal with a brewery, therefore the team was renamed the Winnipeg Clubs.

After an attempt to move the team to Spokane, Washington was disapproved by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, the team was renamed the Winnipeg Monarchs. The Monarch name was the city's oldest hockey moniker, originating in 1903.

In 1977 the Monarchs moved to Calgary to become the Calgary Wranglers. They are today the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Season-by-Season RecordEdit

Note: click on season for team rosters.

Season League GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1967-68 WCJHL 60 27 26 7 275 294 61 6th Lost Quarter Final
1968-69 WCHL 60 29 31 0 na na 58 3rd East Lost Quarter Final
1969-70 WCHL 60 25 33 2 226 235 52 3rd East Lost Semi Final
1970-71 WCHL na na na na na na na na na
1971-72 WCHL na na na na na na na na na
1972-73 WCHL na na na na na na na na na
1973-74 WCHL na na na na na na na na na
1974-75 WCHL na na na na na na na na na
1975-76 WCHL na na na na na na na na na
1976-77 WCHL na na na na na na na na na

Season-by-season RecordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1968–69 60 29 31 0 58 290 268 3rd East Lost quarter-final
1969–70 60 25 33 2 52 226 235 3rd East Lost semi-final
1970–71 66 31 32 3 65 278 269 3rd East Lost semi-final
1971–72 68 24 43 1 49 238 273 6th East Out of playoffs
1972–73 68 16 42 10 42 288 372 6th East Out of playoffs
1973–74 68 23 38 7 53 258 338 6th East Out of playoffs
1974–75 70 23 35 12 58 265 366 5th East Out of Playoffs
1975–76 72 27 39 6 60 302 378 4th East Lost quarter-final
1976–77 72 31 34 7 69 341 384 2nd Central Lost quarter-final

Team AwardsEdit

Trophy Winner
1968
MVP Jim Pritchard
Top Scorer Jim Benzelock
Rookie of the Year Nels Jacobson
1969
MVP Merlin Jenner
Top Scorer Doug Smith
Rookie of the Year Jim Hargreaves
Neil Komadoski
Fan Favorite Brian Cadle
1970
MVP Chris Oddleifson
Top Scorer Chris Oddleifson
Rookie of the Year Ross Butler
Sportsmanship Brian Howie

NHL alumniEdit

WHA alumniEdit

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