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Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame: Thomas Steen

Thomas Steen was the fifth ever draft pick of the Jets 1.0

by Staff @NHLJets /

Thomas Steen was the fifth ever draft pick of the Jets 1.0 when Winnipeg selected him in the fifth round (103rd overall) in the 1979 NHL Draft. The product of Grums, Sweden made his NHL debut in the 1981-82 seasons and posted double digit totals for goals, assists and points for 13 straight seasons, highlighted by an 84 and 88-point campaigns in 1984-85 and 1988-89, respectively.

Steen played his final NHL season in 1994-95 and finished with 817 points (264G, 553A) in 950 regular season games with another 44 points (12G, 32A) in 56 playoff games. He had the most assists, games played and playoff games in Jets 1.0 history and the second-most goals, points, playoff assists, and playoff points.

Steen was the first player in the NHL history of the Jets 1.0 franchise to have his number retired when his "25" was raised to the rafters on May 6, 1995. He played another four seasons in Sweden and Germany, while also helping to bring the Manitoba Moose to Winnipeg and then he returned to the NHL as a scout for the Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes.

More recently, Steen ran in a federal election in 2008 before he was elected to Winnipeg City Council for Elmwood-East Kildonan in 2010 and he has worked for True North Sports + Entertainment in various capacities, including his current role in scouting and alumni relations.


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