On today’s date in 1996, the former Winnipeg Jets were eliminated from the playoffs after losing 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in game six of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Jets would lose the series 4-2 on home ice at the Winnipeg Arena, which was eventually demolished in 2006. The team would move to Arizona and play as the Phoenix Coyotes (now the Arizona Coyotes) from the 1996-97 season until the 2011 season – a 15-year absence – after which the team returned to Winnipeg.
This 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.
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, taking its name after the city’s original NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets.
Earlier this month on April 9, the Jets clinched their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg after the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings. The Jets finished the season as the Western Conference’s second wild card, earning 99 points and a match-up with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks swept the series 4-0, winning each of the first three games with third-period comebacks. The Jets lost the series with a 5-2 loss on home ice.