Author: Rick Haley

Never drafted. Scored a Gordie Howe hat trick in a table hockey game. Glue guy. Good in the room. SK100 and Sherwood PMP. Winnipeg Jets hockey writer at

Jets: All-Time Greatest Captains

Just thirteen different men have worn the ‘C’ as captain of the Winnipeg Jets. The first was World Hockey Association holdover Lars-Erik Sjoberg, and the last was Blake Wheeler. With the recent news of Wheeler being stripped of the captaincy and no replacement in sight, let’s look at who the greatest were.  Sjoberg was the […]

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Jets: Grab Bag

Young Stars Classic Tournament This weekend will see the latest version of the Young Stars Classic hockey tournament at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. NHL teams from Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Winnipeg will send their youngest and best to play off in the four-day event. The Jets meet the Flames on […]

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Jets: Are We Just an NHL Farm Team?

Is this the best we ever get to be? A farm system for the “have” teams in the NHL? Could you prove me wrong? History and a boatload of statistics will say I am right. The Winnipeg Jets – “Just Good Enough.” Go back to the 80s and 90s. A winning season is followed by […]

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Jets: What’s Between the Pipes

In the last two weeks, we have looked at our depth at forward and defense. Let’s take a peek at those that tend the twine. The Core Connor Hellebuyck David Rittich Connor Hellebuyck, a Vezina trophy winner in the 2019-20 season, had very pedestrian numbers last year. He was 13th in wins with 29. For […]

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Jets: All Defensemen in the System

Last week we looked at forwards under contract. Now let’s open up the trunk and peek at the back end. Seventeen defensemen are under contract for next season already. Assistant GM Craig Heisinger said it a few years ago;  you can never have too many defensemen. They block shots. They get hurt. It’s a long […]

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Jets: All Forwards in the System

I’ve been busy rolling out the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer but still have a little time to look deeper into what the Jets have at each position. And what the cupboard is stocked with. The Jets currently have 39 players under contract, of which 22 play up front. This week, we will address […]

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Pierre-Luc Dubois in a Winnipeg Jets uniform doing the Superman Celly after a goal.

Jets: Why Doesn’t Anyone Love Us?

Jets: Why Doesn’t Anyone Love Us? I may be dumb, but I’m not a dweeb / I’m just a sucker with no self-esteem – The Offspring You know, growing up in Winnipeg isn’t that bad.  We have the internet now. Our snow is light and fluffy.  Not that wet, clumpy stuff you get on the […]

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Jets: What Does Chevy Do For Free Agency?

NHL free agency begins on Wednesday, July 13, at noon Eastern time.  What path will the Winnipeg Jets take? First up, defense. Relatively stable and somewhat steady as opposed to spicy.  All six regular NHL defensemen from last year are under contract for the next several seasons other than Logan Stanley, who has one year […]

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Jets: All Time 1st Round Picks

With the Jets selecting Rutger McGroarty (14th) and Brad Lambert (30th) in this year’s amateur draft, let’s take a minute for an historical look at all of the team’s first rounders dating back to 2011. With 12 first-round picks in the first 11 years, there have been some diamonds, and there have been some duds. […]

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Kevin Cheveldayoff & Rick Bowness

Rick Bowness Availability: “If I’m In His Chair, I’m Going After Trotzy Too!”

Welcome to Rick Bowness, the new head coach for the Winnipeg Jets.  The team held a press conference on Monday morning to show off their brand new (kind of) coach. I say kind of new because, though not precisely a retread, Bowness has been a 1) player, 2) assistant coach, and 3) head coach for […]

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