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81-82WinJet
1981–82 Winnipeg Jets · NHL
Division 2nd Norris
1981–82 record 33–33–14
Goals for 319
Goals against 332
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach Tom Watt
Captain Dave Christian
Arena Winnipeg Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Dale Hawerchuk (45)
Assists Dale Hawerchuk (58)
Points Dale Hawerchuk (103)
Penalties in minutes Bryan Maxwell (110)
Wins Ed Staniowski (20)
Goals against average Ed Staniowski (3.95)
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1980–81 1982–83

The 1981–82 Winnipeg Jets season was their 10th season and 3rd in the National Hockey League. The Jets finished 2nd in the Norris Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the St. Louis Blues 3 games to 1.

Off-seasonEdit

After a very disappointing 1980-81, in which the Jets won only nine games and finished in last place in the National Hockey League, the club announced on May 14, 1981, that Tom Watt would become the new head coach of the team. Watt spent the 1980-81 season as an assistant coach under Harry Neale on the Vancouver Canucks. This would be Watt's first NHL head coaching job. The Jets also announced that Dave Christian would become the new captain of the team. Christian, who was a part of the 1980 US Olympic Team that won the gold medal, became the third captain of the team since the Jets joined the NHL.

The NHL announced a new divisional realignment based on geography, as the Jets were shifted from the Smythe Division to the Norris Division, where they would join the Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. On June 10, 1981, the Jets went into the 1981 NHL Entry Draft with the first overall selection, and the club used it to select Dale Hawerchuk from the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL. Hawerchuk scored 81 goals and 183 points in 72 games with Cornwall, followed by 15 goals and 35 points in 19 playoff games with the team, leading them to the President's Cup. At the 1981 Memorial Cup, Hawerchuk had eight goals and 12 points in five games, leading Cornwall to the championship. With their second selection, Winnipeg selected Scott Arniel, who also played with the Cornwall Royals. Arniel had 52 goals and 123 points with Cornwall, followed by 14 goals and 33 points in 19 playoff games, and six goals and eight points in five Memorial Cup games, helping the Royals win the 1981 Memorial Cup.

On July 3, 1981, Winnipeg acquired Bryan Maxwell, Ed Staniowski and Paul MacLean from the St. Louis Blues for Scott Campbell and John Markell. Maxwell, a stay-at-home defenseman, had three goals and 13 points in 40 games with the Blues in 1980-81, while Staniowski posted a 10-3-3 record with a 4.28 GAA in 19 games as a backup to Mike Liut in St. Louis. MacLean had 36 goals and 78 points in 80 games with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL.

Twelve days later on July 15, 1981, the Jets were involved in a three-way deal with the Colorado Rockies and Vancouver Canucks. Winnipeg originally traded Ivan Hlinka to the Vancouver Canucks for Brent Ashton and the Canucks fourth round draft pick at the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. The Jets then traded Ashton and their own third round pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft to the Colorado Rockies for Lucien DeBlois. DeBlois had 26 goals and 42 points in 74 games with Colorado during the 1980-81 season.

One day before the regular season began, on October 5, 1981, the Jets picked up Serge Savard from the Montreal Canadiens in the waiver draft. Savard, who played with the Canadiens since the 1966-67 season, had four goals and 17 points in 77 games during the 1980-81 season. Savard was a seven time Stanley Cup champion.

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Minnesota North Stars 80 37 23 20 346 288 94
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 33 14 319 332 80
St. Louis Blues 80 32 40 8 315 349 72
Chicago Black Hawks 80 30 38 12 332 363 72
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 20 44 16 298 380 56
Detroit Red Wings 80 21 47 12 270 351 54

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 6, 19811–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 0–1–0
2WOctober 9, 19818–3 New York Rangers (1981–82) 1–1–0
3WOctober 14, 19814–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 2–1–0
4WOctober 15, 19815–4 @ Calgary Flames (1981–82) 3–1–0
5LOctober 18, 19813–4 Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 3–2–0
6TOctober 21, 19812–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 3–2–1
7TOctober 23, 19815–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 3–2–2
8WOctober 25, 19819–4 Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 4–2–2
9LOctober 28, 19816–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 4–3–2
10WOctober 31, 19816–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 5–3–2
11WNovember 3, 19815–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 6–3–2
12WNovember 6, 19814–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 7–3–2
13LNovember 8, 19811–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 7–4–2
14LNovember 10, 19813–5 New York Islanders (1981–82) 7–5–2
15LNovember 11, 19812–15 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 7–6–2
16WNovember 14, 19813–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 8–6–2
17LNovember 17, 19814–6 @ Calgary Flames (1981–82) 8–7–2
18LNovember 18, 19814–6 Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 8–8–2
19TNovember 21, 19811–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 8–8–3
20WNovember 22, 19815–4 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 9–8–3
21WNovember 25, 19817–2 Colorado Rockies (1981–82) 10–8–3
22TNovember 27, 19815–5 Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 10–8–4
23LNovember 29, 19812–10 Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 10–9–4
24LDecember 1, 19811–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 10–10–4
25LDecember 2, 19812–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 10–11–4
26LDecember 4, 19813–7 @ Washington Capitals (1981–82) 10–12–4
27WDecember 6, 19815–2 New York Islanders (1981–82) 11–12–4
28TDecember 9, 19813–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 11–12–5
29TDecember 11, 19815–5 Montreal Canadiens (1981–82) 11–12–6
30LDecember 13, 19811–2 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 11–13–6
31TDecember 16, 19813–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 11–13–7
32WDecember 17, 19814–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 12–13–7
33LDecember 19, 19814–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 12–14–7
34WDecember 20, 19815–4 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 13–14–7
35LDecember 22, 19812–5 @ New York Islanders (1981–82) 13–15–7
36LDecember 23, 19812–5 @ New York Rangers (1981–82) 13–16–7
37LDecember 26, 19812–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 13–17–7
38TDecember 27, 19812–2 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 13–17–8
39LDecember 30, 19811–6 Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 13–18–8
40LJanuary 3, 19825–8 Boston Bruins (1981–82) 13–19–8
41WJanuary 6, 19825–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 14–19–8
42LJanuary 7, 19826–8 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 14–20–8
43WJanuary 9, 19824–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 15–20–8
44TJanuary 10, 19824–4 Montreal Canadiens (1981–82) 15–20–9
45WJanuary 13, 19826–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 16–20–9
46TJanuary 15, 19824–4 New York Rangers (1981–82) 16–20–10
47LJanuary 17, 19825–7 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 16–21–10
48WJanuary 20, 19823–0 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 17–21–10
49WJanuary 22, 19826–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 18–21–10
50TJanuary 26, 19823–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 18–21–11
51WJanuary 27, 19824–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 19–21–11
52LJanuary 30, 19821–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1981–82) 19–22–11
53LFebruary 2, 19826–10 @ St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 19–23–11
54WFebruary 5, 19826–4 Calgary Flames (1981–82) 20–23–11
55LFebruary 10, 19823–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 20–24–11
56LFebruary 13, 19823–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1981–82) 20–25–11
57LFebruary 16, 19823–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 20–26–11
58TFebruary 19, 19824–4 Quebec Nordiques (1981–82) 20–26–12
59LFebruary 21, 19823–6 Washington Capitals (1981–82) 20–27–12
60WFebruary 24, 19826–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 21–27–12
61TFebruary 26, 19824–4 Buffalo Sabres (1981–82) 21–27–13
62WFebruary 28, 19825–2 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 22–27–13
63WMarch 2, 19827–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1981–82) 23–27–13
64WMarch 3, 19824–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1981–82) 24–27–13
65WMarch 5, 19822–0 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 25–27–13
66WMarch 7, 19825–2 Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 26–27–13
67LMarch 10, 19822–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1981–82) 26–28–13
68LMarch 11, 19824–7 @ Boston Bruins (1981–82) 26–29–13
69WMarch 13, 198210–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 27–29–13
70WMarch 16, 19827–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 28–29–13
71WMarch 17, 19823–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 29–29–13
72WMarch 20, 19827–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1981–82) 30–29–13
73WMarch 21, 19828–2 Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 31–29–13
74WMarch 24, 19825–3 Los Angeles Kings (1981–82) 32–29–13
75TMarch 26, 19824–4 St. Louis Blues (1981–82) 32–29–14
76LMarch 28, 19820–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1981–82) 32–30–14
77WMarch 30, 19827–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 33–30–14
78LMarch 31, 19822–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1981–82) 33–31–14
79LApril 2, 19822–5 Minnesota North Stars (1981–82) 33–32–14
80LApril 4, 19821–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1981–82) 33–33–14

PlayoffsEdit

St. Louis Blues 3, Winnipeg Jets 1Edit

Player StatsEdit

Awards and RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 3, 1981 To St. Louis Blues
Scott Campbell
John Markell
To Winnipeg Jets
Bryan Maxwell
Ed Staniowski
Paul MacLean
July 15, 1981 To Vancouver Canucks
Ivan Hlinka
To Winnipeg Jets
Brent Ashton
4th round pick in 1982 - Tom Martin
July 15, 1981 To Colorado Rockies
Brent Ashton
2nd round pick in 1982 - Dave Kasper
To Winnipeg Jets
Lucien DeBlois
July 27, 1981 To Minnesota North Stars
Lindsay Middlebrook
To Winnipeg Jets
Cash
September 8, 1981 To New York Rangers
3rd round pick in 1983 - Vesa Salo
To Winnipeg Jets
Doug Soetaert
December 19, 1981 To Montreal Canadiens
6th round pick in 1982 - Ernie Vargas
To Winnipeg Jets
Serge Savard

WaiversEdit

October 5, 1981 From Montreal Canadiens
Craig Levie

Free AgentsEdit

Player Former Team
Bengt Lundholm Undrafted Free Agent
Player New Team
Michel Dion Pittsburgh Penguins

Draft PicksEdit

Farm TeamsEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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