OTD: Jets return to Winnipeg

On today’s date in 2011, the Winnipeg Jets made their regular season debut before a sold-out crowd at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

After a 15-year hockey void in Winnipeg, the newly reborn Jets were defeated 5-1 by the Montreal Canadiens. Nik Antropov scored early in the third period, netting the first goal in modern Jets’ history.

Last year, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a $10 Fine silver coin featuring the Winnipeg Jets as part of its Canadian Franchises series. The coin – one of seven in the series – has a mintage of 5,000, a weight of 15.8 grams and a diameter of 34 mm.

This patch commemorated the Winnipeg Jets’ 2011-12 season, the team’s first back in the Manitoba capital in 15 years.

This patch commemorated the Winnipeg Jets’ 2011-12 season, the team’s first season back in Winnipeg in 15 years.

The coin’s reverse features the Jets’ team logo on the left and a silhouette of a hockey player skating on the right. Using a sheer effect colourization, the Jets’ team colours flash under light. This coin boasts a reverse-proof finish, with “10 DOLLARS”, “CANADA” and the year-date “2015” circling the rim.

In 2011, the NHL approved the Atlanta Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg, Man., where the new team would play its home games at the MTS Centre.

In 2015, the Jets clinched their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg. The team finished the season as the Western Conference’s second wild card, earning 99 points and a first-round series with the Anaheim Ducks, who would sweep the series 4-0, winning each of the first three games with third-period comebacks. The Jets eventually lost the series 5-2 on home ice.

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