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1995–96 Winnipeg Jets · NHL
Division 5th Central
Conference 8th Western
1995–96 record 36–40–6
Home record 22–16–3
Road record 14–24–3
Goals for 275
Goals against 291
General Manager John Paddock
Coach Terry Simpson
Captain Kris King
Arena Winnipeg Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Keith Tkachuk (50)
Assists Keith Tkachuk (48)
Teemu Selanne (48)
Points Keith Tkachuk (98)
Penalties in minutes Jim McKenzie (202)
Wins Nikolai Khabibulin (26)
Goals against average Nikolai Khabibulin (3.13)
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The 1995–96 Winnipeg Jets season was the team's 24th and their final season in Winnipeg before the franchise moved to Phoenix and renamed to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Relocation to Phoenix[edit | edit source]

As the NHL expanded in the United States, operating costs and salaries grew rapidly; this development hit the league's Canadian teams particularly hard. As Winnipeg was the league's second-smallest market (eventually becoming the smallest market after the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver in 1995), the Jets were unable to retain their best players. Various schemes were devised to save the team through a tremendous grassroots effort and government funds, but in the end the efforts were not enough.

Despite strong fan support, the Winnipeg Jets were at a financial disadvantage with many American franchises. The team was sold to Phoenix businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke, and in 1996, the club moved to Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes. In the summer that the move took place, the franchise saw the exit of Jets stars like Teemu Selanne and Alexei Zhamnov, while the team added established superstar Jeremy Roenick from the Chicago Blackhawks. Roenick teamed up with power wingers Keith Tkachuk and Rick Tocchet to form a dynamic 1–2–3 offensive punch that led the Coyotes through their first years in Arizona. Also impressive were young players like Shane Doan (the last remaining original Jet), Oleg Tverdovsky, and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, whom the fans nicknamed the "Bulin Wall."

Offseason[edit | edit source]

The Jets picked Shane Doan of the Kamloops Blazers as their first-round pick, seventh-overall.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Their 36 wins was the highest since the Jets won 40 games during the 1992–93 season.

Season standings[edit | edit source]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 62 13 7 325 181 131
2 3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 28 14 273 220 94
3 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 36 12 247 252 80
4 5 St. Louis Blues 82 32 34 16 219 248 80
5 8 Winnipeg Jets 82 36 40 6 275 291 78
6 12 Dallas Stars 82 26 42 14 227 280 66

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Game log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1995 7–5 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 1–0–0
2 W October 9, 1995 4–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 2–0–0
3 L October 11, 1995 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 2–1–0
4 L October 12, 1995 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 2–2–0
5 T October 15, 1995 5–5 OT Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 2–2–1
6 W October 17, 1995 5–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 3–2–1
7 T October 19, 1995 3–3 OT San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 3–2–2
8 L October 22, 1995 2–6 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 3–3–2
9 W October 25, 1995 6–1 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 4–3–2
10 L October 27, 1995 5–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 4–4–2
11 W October 28, 1995 4–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 5–4–2
12 W October 30, 1995 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 6–4–2
13 L November 1, 1995 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 6–5–2
14 L November 3, 1995 2–5 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 6–6–2
15 W November 5, 1995 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 7–6–2
16 L November 10, 1995 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 7–7–2
17 W November 14, 1995 6–5 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 8–7–2
18 W November 17, 1995 6–3 New York Rangers (1995–96) 9–7–2
19 L November 18, 1995 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 9–8–2
20 L November 21, 1995 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 9–9–2
21 W November 22, 1995 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 10–9–2
22 W November 26, 1995 4–0 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 11–9–2
23 W November 28, 1995 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 12–9–2
24 L November 30, 1995 1–4 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 12–10–2
25 T December 2, 1995 2–2 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 12–10–3
26 W December 3, 1995 5–2 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 13–10–3
27 L December 6, 1995 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 13–11–3
28 L December 7, 1995 3–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 13–12–3
29 L December 10, 1995 1–6 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 13–13–3
30 L December 12, 1995 5–6 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 13–14–3
31 W December 15, 1995 9–4 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 14–14–3
32 L December 17, 1995 1–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 14–15–3
33 L December 19, 1995 3–6 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 14–16–3
34 L December 21, 1995 1–6 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 14–17–3
35 W December 23, 1995 2–1 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 15–17–3
36 L December 28, 1995 3–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 15–18–3
37 W December 29, 1995 5–3 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 16–18–3
38 L December 31, 1995 3–5 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 16–19–3
39 W January 3, 1996 5–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 17–19–3
40 L January 5, 1996 4–5 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 17–20–3
41 W January 8, 1996 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 18–20–3
42 W January 10, 1996 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 19–20–3
43 L January 12, 1996 2–3 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 19–21–3
44 L January 14, 1996 4–6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 19–22–3
45 T January 16, 1996 1–1 OT @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 19–22–4
46 W January 17, 1996 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 20–22–4
47 L January 24, 1996 5–6 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 20–23–4
48 L January 27, 1996 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 20–24–4
49 W January 29, 1996 2–1 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 21–24–4
50 L February 1, 1996 4–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 21–25–4
51 L February 4, 1996 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 21–26–4
52 W February 8, 1996 6–2 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 22–26–4
53 W February 10, 1996 3–2 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 23–26–4
54 L February 13, 1996 4–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 23–27–4
55 L February 16, 1996 0–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 23–28–4
56 L February 18, 1996 0–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 23–29–4
57 L February 21, 1996 3–5 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 23–30–4
58 W February 23, 1996 1–0 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 24–30–4
59 W February 26, 1996 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 25–30–4
60 W February 28, 1996 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 26–30–4
61 W March 1, 1996 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 27–30–4
62 W March 3, 1996 7–5 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 28–30–4
63 L March 5, 1996 4–9 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 28–31–4
64 W March 7, 1996 5–3 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 29–31–4
65 L March 9, 1996 2–4 New York Islanders (1995–96) 29–32–4
66 L March 10, 1996 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 29–33–4
67 L March 12, 1996 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 29–34–4
68 T March 13, 1996 3–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 29–34–5
69 L March 16, 1996 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 29–35–5
70 L March 20, 1996 1–7 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 29–36–5
71 W March 22, 1996 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 30–36–5
72 L March 24, 1996 2–5 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 30–37–5
73 W March 26, 1996 8–2 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 31–37–5
74 W March 27, 1996 3–1 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 32–37–5
75 L March 29, 1996 2–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 32–38–5
76 W March 31, 1996 4–1 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 33–38–5
77 W April 3, 1996 3–1 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 34–38–5
78 W April 6, 1996 4–3 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 35–38–5
79 T April 8, 1996 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 35–38–6
80 L April 10, 1996 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 35–39–6
81 W April 12, 1996 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 36–39–6
82 L April 14, 1996 2–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 36–40–6

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Lost the first round series 4–2 to Detroit Red Wings. The Winnipeg Jets played their last-ever game on April 28, 1996, a home playoff loss to the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 4–1. Norm Maciver scored the last goal in Jets history.

Date Away team Score Home team
April 17 Winnipeg Jets 1–4 Detroit Red Wings
April 19 Winnipeg Jets 0–4 Detroit Red Wings
April 21 Detroit Red Wings 1–4 Winnipeg Jets
April 23 Detroit Red Wings 6–1 Winnipeg Jets
April 26 Winnipeg Jets 3–1 Detroit Red Wings
April 28 Detroit Red Wings 4–1 Winnipeg Jets

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk LW 76 50 48 98 156 11 20 2 6
Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne RW 51 24 48 72 18 3 6 1 4
Zhamnov, AlexAlex Zhamnov C 58 22 37 59 65 -4 5 0 2
Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen D 74 11 43 54 22 -4 6 0 3
Korolev, IgorIgor Korolev C 73 22 29 51 42 1 8 0 5
Olczyk, EdEd Olczyk C 51 27 22 49 65 0 16 0 1
Drake, DallasDallas Drake RW 69 19 20 39 36 -7 4 4 2
Turcotte, DarrenDarren Turcotte C 59 16 16 32 26 -3 2 0 2
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 82 7 23 30 205 8 3 0 0
Maciver, NormNorm Maciver D 39 5 25 30 26 -6 2 0 0
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood C 80 14 14 28 20 -14 2 0 3
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 58 10 14 24 37 -4 3 1 0
Shannon, DarrinDarrin Shannon LW 63 5 18 23 28 -5 0 0 1
King, KrisKris King LW 81 9 11 20 151 -7 0 1 2
Janney, CraigCraig Janney C 13 7 13 20 0 2 2 0 1
Quint, DeronDeron Quint D 51 5 13 18 22 -2 2 0 0
Doan, ShaneShane Doan RW 74 7 10 17 101 -9 1 0 3
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 48 2 7 9 72 5 0 0 0
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 31 0 8 8 6 -7 0 0 0
McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW 73 4 2 6 202 -4 0 0 0
Finley, JeffJeff Finley D 65 1 5 6 81 -2 0 0 0
Gilhen, RandyRandy Gilhen C 22 2 3 5 12 1 0 0 0
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 29 2 3 5 12 -2 0 0 0
Wilkinson, NeilNeil Wilkinson D 21 1 4 5 33 0 0 1 1
Muni, CraigCraig Muni D 25 1 3 4 37 6 0 0 0
Doig, JasonJason Doig D 15 1 1 2 28 -2 0 0 0
Fraser, IainIain Fraser C 12 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 0
Mills, CraigCraig Mills RW 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Malgunas, StewartStewart Malgunas D 29 0 1 1 32 -10 0 0 0
Thompson, BrentBrent Thompson D 10 0 1 1 21 -2 0 0 0
Chasse, DenisDenis Chasse RW 15 0 0 0 12 -4 0 0 0
Cheveldae, TimTim Cheveldae G 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Draper, TomTom Draper G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eakins, DallasDallas Eakins D 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Grosek, MichalMichal Grosek LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Gusmanov, RavilRavil Gusmanov LW 4 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin G 53 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Langkow, ScottScott Langkow G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Murray, RobRob Murray C 1 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Ronan, EdEd Ronan RW 17 0 0 0 16 -3 0 0 0
Roussel, DominicDominic Roussel G 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin 2914 53 26 20 3 152 3.13 2 1656 1504 .908
Cheveldae, TimTim Cheveldae 1695 30 8 18 3 111 3.93 0 948 837 .883
Roussel, DominicDominic Roussel 285 7 2 2 0 16 3.37 0 134 118 .881
Draper, TomTom Draper 34 1 0 0 0 3 5.29 0 14 11 .786
Langkow, ScottScott Langkow 6 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 2 2 1.000
Team: 4934 82 36 40 6 282 3.43 2 2754 2472 .898

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Manson, DaveDave Manson D 6 2 1 3 30 0 0 1
Zhamnov, AlexAlex Zhamnov C 6 2 1 3 8 0 0 0
Janney, CraigCraig Janney C 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Olczyk, EdEd Olczyk C 6 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Tkachuk, KeithKeith Tkachuk LW 6 1 2 3 22 0 0 0
Korolev, IgorIgor Korolev C 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger LW 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Maciver, NormNorm Maciver D 6 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Shannon, DarrinDarrin Shannon LW 6 1 0 1 6 0 0 0
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood C 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
King, KrisKris King LW 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Muni, CraigCraig Muni D 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Doan, ShaneShane Doan RW 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Drake, DallasDallas Drake RW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finley, JeffJeff Finley D 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Fraser, IainIain Fraser C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Mills, CraigCraig Mills RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen D 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Stapleton, MikeMike Stapleton C 6 0 0 0 21 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Khabibulin, NikolaiNikolai Khabibulin 359 6 2 4 19 3.18 0 214 195 .911
Team: 359 6 2 4 19 3.18 0 214 195 .911

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trades[edit | edit source]

September 20, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
7th round pick in 1997 - Andrew Merrick
To Winnipeg Jets
Andre Faust
October 6, 1995 To Hartford Whalers
Nelson Emerson
To Winnipeg Jets
Darren Turcotte
December 28, 1995 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Neil Wilkinson
To Winnipeg Jets
Norm Maciver
February 7, 1996 To Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Teemu Selanne
Marc Chouinard
4th round pick in 1996 - Kim Staal
To Winnipeg Jets
Chad Kilger
Oleg Tverdovsky
3rd round pick in 1996 - Per-Anton Lundstrom
February 15, 1996 To Buffalo Sabres
Michal Grosek
Darryl Shannon
To Winnipeg Jets
Craig Muni
1st round pick in 1996 - Daniel Briere
February 15, 1996 To Washington Capitals
Stewart Malgunas
To Winnipeg Jets
Denis Chasse
February 27, 1996 To Philadelphia Flyers
Tim Cheveldae
3rd round pick in 1996 - Chester Gallant
To Winnipeg Jets
Dominic Roussel
March 18, 1996 To San Jose Sharks
Darren Turcotte
2nd round pick in 1996 - Remi Royer
To Winnipeg Jets
Craig Janney
March 20, 1996 To Chicago Blackhawks
Ravil Gusmanov
To Winnipeg Jets
4th round pick in 1996 - Vladimir Antipov

Waivers[edit | edit source]

October 1, 1995 From New York Islanders
Jim McKenzie
March 20, 1996 From St. Louis Blues
Dallas Eakins

Free agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former Team
Parris Duffus Undrafted Free Agent
Jason Simon New York Islanders
Stewart Malgunas Philadelphia Flyers
Chris Govedaris Detroit Red Wings
Mike Stapleton Edmonton Oilers
Iain Fraser Edmonton Oilers
Ed Ronan Montreal Canadiens
Tom Draper New York Islanders
Player New Team
Oleg Mikulchik Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Stephane Beauregard San Francisco Spiders (IHL)

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

NHL entry draft[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 7 Shane Doan Centre Flag of Canada Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
2 32 Marc Chouinard Centre Flag of Canada Canada Beauport Harfangs (QMJHL)
2 34 Jason Doig Defence Flag of Canada Canada Laval Titan Collège Français (QMJHL)
3 67 Brad Isbister Defence Flag of Canada Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
4 84 Justin Kurtz Defence Flag of Canada Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
5 121 Brian Elder Goaltender Flag of Canada Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
6 137 Sylvain Daigle Goaltender Flag of Canada Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
7 162 Paul Traynor Defence Flag of Canada Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
8 188 Jaroslav Obsut Right wing Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Battlefords North Stars (SJHL)
8 189 Fredrik Loven Defence Flag of Sweden Sweden Djurgardens IF (SEL)
9 214 Robert DeCiantis Centre Flag of Canada Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1995–96 Winnipeg Jets Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-21.
  2. 1995-96 Winnipeg Jets Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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