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Former Jet Jim Kyte honoured at Possibilities Gala

Kyte recognized for his charitable work in the community

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Former Winnipeg Jet, Jim Kyte, has received plenty of recognition over his lifetime - especially during his 17-year NHL career. It continued on Friday night.

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1979 Avco Cup Champion Jets visit Bell MTS Place

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jets' Avco Cup Championship in 1979 over Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers.

by Jason Friesen / WinnipegJets.com

From left to right in the above photo: Kim Clackson, John Gray, Steve West, Roland Eriksson, Markus Mattsson, Mike Amodeo, Willy Lindstrom

A number of past Winnipeg Jets were in the River City from May 30 to June 1 to commemorate a special anniversary. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jets' Avco Cup Championship in 1979 over Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. That victory also marked the end of the World Hockey Association, as many of the league's teams subsequently joined the NHL for the 1979-1980 season. 

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Jets Alumni & Friends hand out 2019 MHSAA hockey scholarships

New this year was the addition of $1,500 to each scholarship, raising the value to $2,500 for each recipient

by Jason Friesen / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends Association have been supporters of high school hockey in Manitoba for many years. They showed their support again on May 27, as Alumni Director Anders Strome along with Alumni & Friends members Jordy Douglas, Gerard McDonald, Bob Fitchner, and Mike Ford presented the annual scholarships to one male and one female graduating high school hockey player in partnership with the Manitoba High School Athletics Association (MHSAA). 

New this year was the addition of $1,500 to each scholarship, raising the value to $2,500 for each recipient. But what didn't change is the Alumni Association didn't have to look hard to find worthy candidates.

This year's winners, Ethan Yewdall of Sturgeon Heights Collegiate and Camryn Gillis of Miles MacDonell Collegiate, share a lot in common. Both are skilled defensive players and excellent leaders who share their gifts at the rink and away from it. 

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Former Jets coach keeping an eye on the 2019 NHL Draft

John Paddock's nephew eligible to be selected in Vancouver, BC this June

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

John Paddock has spent nearly 28 seasons behind the bench as a coach or an assistant coach. Just under four of those were spent as the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets between 1991 and 1995 (he moved into the general manager role midway through the 1994-95 season and held that role for the 1995-96 campaign). 

These days, he's in Regina, Saskatchewan. That's where he's been since 2014, when he took over as head coach and Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations of the Regina Pats. Since then, he's added the General Manager title to his resume as well.

But when he was the bench boss of the host Pats during the 2018 Memorial Cup - his last of four years as a coach before moving into strictly a managerial role this season - he had a front row seat to one of his nephew's best performances between the pipes.

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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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