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.
"We at True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. McDonald. He was a legend in this city's hockey history as the first captain of the Winnipeg Jets in 1972 and scoring the team's first ever goal in the World Hockey Association. As a Winnipegger, he made this city proud by also playing 14 seasons in the NHL and capturing four Stanley Cups. His reputation as an outstanding teammate carried over into his life after hockey. Off the ice, Mr. McDonald always represented our hockey community proudly. Whether it was at a Manitoba Moose game or a Jets game, he was quick with a smile and willing to engage in a talk about the game he loved. As a valuable contributor to our organization, he was influential in helping us reconnect with such an important group in our history - the Winnipeg Jets Alumni and Friends. He will be greatly missed."
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We send our condolences to his wife Pat and their entire family.