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Steen, Carlyle inducted into Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame

Legends Hull, Nilssen on hand to pay tribute to newest honorees

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Jets honor Carlyle, Steen

NYR@WPG: Jets honor Carlyle, Steen on Alumni Night

The Jets honor Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen by retiring their respective numbers during a pregame ceremony on Alumni Night at Bell MTS Place

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The Winnipeg Jets honored former players Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen before their game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Both will be inducted into the Jets Hall of Fame and recognized during a Wednesday luncheon.

The pair were cheered at Bell MTS Place in a pregame ceremony that featured two other Jets Hall of Fame players, Bobby Hull and Ulf Nilssen.

Steen, who still makes his home in Winnipeg, spent all 14 of his seasons with the Jets.

"First time I came here, I certainly recognized the love for hockey. I've had that since I was really young, but I recognized that it was the same level here," said Steen, who is now a Jets scout. "So I felt really good right from the beginning. Obviously it's just been growing on me over the years. And I spent my whole adult life here. Winnipeg means a lot, and the Jets."

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Carlyle played 10 seasons in Winnipeg and won the Norris Trophy after the 1980-81 season. He went on to coach the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup in 2007. He began his coaching career with the Manitoba Moose of the IHL, a Jets affiliate and lived in Winnipeg for 18 years.

"Winnipeg was a big city to me. Winnipeg wasn't small town. I know there's this perception that historically Winnipeg didn't rate with some of the bigger cities in Canada. But that's not true," Carlyle said. "There was a hidden gem here. And the people that are here welcomed me and my family into this community."

NHL.com Staff Writer Tim Campbell contributed to this report.

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