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Lars-Erik Sjoberg's leadership fondly remembered by former teammates

"Educated, intelligent, smart, a diplomat, and a very natural leader for our group."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Lars-Erik Sjoberg had just finished a very successful 1973-74 season in Sweden.

He was part of a bronze medal winning Swedish national team at the World Championship and was named not only the best defenceman in the tournament, but Sweden's best player as well.

But he had a decision to make, as did fellow Swedes Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.

Borje Salming, just one year earlier, had left Sweden to join the National Hockey League. Should Sjoberg, Hedberg, and Nilsson want to do the same, they would have to split up.

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It all comes back to Winnipeg for Ab McDonald

"As a kid growing up on Logan Avenue, that's all you heard about was Ab McDonald. You continue to hear it now."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

No matter who is telling the story, every recollection of Ab McDonald seems to start in Winnipeg.

For Winnipeg Jets alumni Perry Miller, a Winnipegger just like McDonald, his story begins very early.

He grew up and bragged about growing up on Alexander (Avenue) and Quelch (Street). I grew up on Quelch and Logan (Avenue). Logan and Alexander are one block apart and I was two houses from Quelch," said Miller. "As a kid growing up on Logan Avenue, that's all you heard about was Ab McDonald. You continue to hear it now."

Miller never played with McDonald. Miller came to Winnipeg the season after McDonald retired. But that didn't mean he never saw McDonald hanging around the dressing room.

He always came down and was always welcome in the room," Miller recalled. "He was always the Jets number one captain."

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A special place in his heart

Why Winnipeg played a role in one of Troy Murray's favourite hockey memories

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / Game On Magazine - Year 7/Edition 4

Troy Murray considers himself lucky.

As a radio analyst covering the Chicago Blackhawks, he gets to return to Winnipeg every hockey season.

It's a place where he spent 103 of his 915 career NHL games, wearing the captain's 'C' for each and every one of them.

"I remember the conversation I had with John Paddock at the hotel in training camp. Mike Smith traded for me because they had some younger players and they were looking for some veteran leadership," said Murray, who had won a Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL's best defensive forward five years before arriving in Winnipeg.

"I really loved it. I loved the organization. I loved playing for the Jets. It was a great experience."

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Joe Daley honoured with mural and Bronx Park CC

Daley: "I'm overwhelmed, I'm humbled and I appreciate it very much."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - As the saying goes, life comes full circle. For former Jets backstop, Joe Daley - it certainly did.

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The sky's the limit: Jim Kyte Alumni Profile

by Jason Friesen & Annie Chipman / WinnipegJets.com

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Limitations have never been a problem for Jim Kyte. When he began his professional hockey career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1982, he became the first legally deaf person to ever play in the NHL. And that career lasted as he brought his hard-nosed style of play to Calgary, his hometown of Ottawa, and San Jose over the course of nearly 600 NHL regular season games. 

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An extraordinary life

Daley: "I never regretted that decision to leave the NHL and jump to Winnipeg in the WHA."

by Scott Taylor / Game On Magazine, Year 7, Edition 1

The greatest moment in Joe Daley's hockey career didn't take place on the ice. It didn't arrive in front of a huge crowd of adoring fans. It didn't happen while stopping the shots of some of the greatest players in the game's history.

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Winnipeg Jets statement on the passing of Dan Maloney

"The kindest soul away from the game."

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

We at True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets hockey club were saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of former Head Coach Dan Maloney. 

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Different, but still the same: Paul MacLean

MacLean: "It was exciting to have the opportunity to come back and see the growth of the city"

by Jason Friesen / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG, MB - Much has changed in Winnipeg since Paul MacLean last donned a Jets jersey. 

When he returned last fall for the first time since his playing days (other than as an NHL coach), MacLean noted the Moray Bridge, IKEA and the surrounding shopping malls on Kenaston Boulevard, and, of course, downtown's Bell MTS Place as developments that have emerged since his time of playing hockey in Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg Jets statement on the passing of Ab McDonald

'He was a legend in this city's hockey history' - Mark Chipman

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

True North Sports + Entertainment Chairman and Winnipeg Jets Governor Mark Chipman issued a statement today on the death of Ab McDonald, the very first captain in Winnipeg Jets franchise history.

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Jets, NHL alumni gather for Hawerchuk Classic in Winnipeg

Tournament welcomed community members from across Canada for the opportunity to golf alongside former NHLers

by Jason Friesen @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The Dale Hawerchuk Charity Golf Classic returned to for its ninth year on a typically sunny, hot summer day in the Manitoba capital last week. Hosted at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, the tournament not only welcomed Hawerchuk, but other Jets and NHL alumni, for an above par day of bonding and giving back.

While the sold-out tournament welcomed many community members from across Canada for the opportunity to golf alongside the former NHLers, the players were just as thrilled to be there.

For Hawerchuk, it's his chance to give back to the community he called home for nine seasons.

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