WINNIPEG, November 26, 2018 - The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club will induct Ab McDonald and Lars-Erik Sjoberg as the fifth and sixth members of the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. Both players, who served as team captains during the World Hockey Association (WHA) era, will be honoured posthumously at a special Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to the Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 Alumni Night game where the Winnipeg Jets will take on the Minnesota Wild at Bell MTS Place.
To recognize the event, the Winnipeg Jets will wear their adidas adizero Authentic Pro Heritage jerseys on Alumni Night. It will be the second of two appearances of the Heritage jersey this season, the other being at the Monday, Dec. 31 away game vs. the Edmonton Oilers at Edmonton's Rogers Place. The jersey adopts the same look worn at the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. The Winnipeg Jets adidas adizero Authentic Pro Heritage jersey will be available online at shop.nhl.com, adidas.com, adidas.ca and at all Jets Gear locations, including its flagship store at Bell MTS Place, on Friday, Nov. 30.
McDonald and Sjoberg join Anders Hedberg, Bobby Hull, Ulf Nilsson and Dale Hawerchuk in this honour. The Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to officially recognize the accomplishments of the team's alumni and to celebrate the rich history of the franchise and its impact on the city.
Ab McDonald, a native of Winnipeg, played 16 seasons in the NHL from 1958-72 with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues before playing the final two seasons of his career with the WHA's Winnipeg Jets from 1972-74. He was the first captain of the Winnipeg Jets and scored the first goal of the Jets' WHA era. He was a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the cup in four consecutive seasons from 1958-1961. McDonald passed away earlier this year in September at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.
Lars-Erik Sjoberg, born in Falun, Sweden, played for the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA era from 1974-79 and the first season in the NHL in 1979-80. Known as "The Professor" and "The Little General" while playing for the Jets, Sjoberg helped lead the Jets to the Avco Cup in 1976, 1978 and 1979 before serving as the first captain of the Jets 1.0 NHL era. He was also an accomplished player internationally with Sweden, playing in the 1968 and 1973 Olympic Games. He also played in five World Championships for Sweden and the 1976 Canada Cup. Sjoberg passed away after a battle with cancer in 1987 at the age of 43.
In addition to the induction ceremony, the Feb. 26 game will also pay tribute to other Winnipeg Jets captains who wore the "C" during the 1972-1979 (WHA), 1979-1996 (NHL) and 2011-present (NHL) eras. Confirmed attendees to join current Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler at the Alumni Night on Feb. 26 include Morris Lukowich, Dave Christian, Lucien DeBlois, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Dean Kennedy, Keith Tkachuk and Kris King.
Family members of both McDonald and Sjoberg, and other Winnipeg Jets alumni, will attend the induction ceremony as well as the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame Luncheon, taking place Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at The Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, where fans can also help celebrate with their Winnipeg Jets captains. The event will be hosted by Jamie Thomas, JetsTV Host, and will include a Hot Stove hosted by sportscaster Scott Oake, featuring former Winnipeg Jets captains.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Hall of Fame Luncheon and tickets can be purchased by table of 10. More information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting winnipegjetshof.com.