1979–80 Winnipeg Jets season

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1979–80 Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)
Division 5th Smythe
Conference 10th Campbell
1979–80 record 20–49–11
Goals for 214 (21st)
Goals against 314 (19th)
Team information
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach Tom McVie
Bill Sutherland
Captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg
Alternate captains None
Arena Winnipeg Arena
Average attendance 13,284
Team leaders
Goals Morris Lukowich (35)
Assists Morris Lukowich (39)
Points Morris Lukowich (74)
Penalties in minutes Jimmy Mann (287)
Wins Pierre Hamel (9)
Goals against average Markus Mattsson (3.25)

The 1979–80 Winnipeg Jets season was their eighth season and their first season in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

After spending seven seasons in the World Hockey Association, in which the team won three Avco Cup championships, the Winnipeg Jets joined the National Hockey League, as well as the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques, as the WHA disbanded.

On June 13, 1979, the Jets participated in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft to fill out their roster, while on June 28, 1979, Winnipeg made their first ever trade, as the Jets sent Jamie Hislop to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Barry Legge.

On August 8, 1979, the Jets selected Jimmy Mann of the Sherbrooke Castors of the QMJHL with their first ever draft pick at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. In the fifth round, the Jets selected Thomas Steen from Leksands IF of the SEL.

During the off-season, the club announced that Tom McVie would be retained as head coach. McVie became the Jets head coach late in the 1978-79 season, going 11-8-0 in nineteen games, followed by a record of 8-2 in the playoffs to lead Winnipeg to the Avco Cup. McVie had head coaching experience in the NHL, as he coached the Washington Capitals to a 49-122-33 record from 1975-1978.

Lars-Erik Sjoberg was named captain of the team, as former captain Barry Long joined the Detroit Red Wings for the 1979-80 season. Sjoberg captained Winnipeg from 1975-1978 in the WHA.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 34 27 19 241 250 87
St. Louis Blues 80 34 34 12 266 278 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 27 37 16 256 281 70
Edmonton Oilers 80 28 39 13 301 322 69
Winnipeg Jets 80 20 49 11 214 314 51
Colorado Rockies 80 19 48 13 234 308 51

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 1979 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 0–1–0
2 L October 11, 1979 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 0–2–0
3 W October 14, 1979 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 1–2–0
4 L October 17, 1979 1–5 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 1–3–0
5 W October 19, 1979 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 2–3–0
6 L October 20, 1979 1–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 2–4–0
7 L October 24, 1979 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 2–5–0
8 W October 26, 1979 3–2 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 3–5–0
9 T October 28, 1979 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 3–5–1
10 W October 31, 1979 5–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 4–5–1
11 T November 2, 1979 1–1 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 4–5–2
12 T November 4, 1979 4–4 New York Islanders (1979–80) 4–5–3
13 L November 6, 1979 0–8 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 4–6–3
14 L November 7, 1979 3–6 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 4–7–3
15 L November 10, 1979 4–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 4–8–3
16 W November 14, 1979 3–2 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 5–8–3
17 L November 16, 1979 2–3 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 5–9–3
18 L November 18, 1979 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 5–10–3
19 W November 21, 1979 6–4 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 6–10–3
20 L November 22, 1979 0–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 6–11–3
21 W November 24, 1979 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 7–11–3
22 L November 27, 1979 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 7–12–3
23 L November 28, 1979 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 7–13–3
24 T December 1, 1979 4–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 7–13–4
25 L December 2, 1979 0–4 New York Islanders (1979–80) 7–14–4
26 W December 4, 1979 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 8–14–4
27 L December 5, 1979 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 8–15–4
28 W December 7, 1979 8–3 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 9–15–4
29 L December 9, 1979 4–5 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 9–16–4
30 L December 12, 1979 0–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 9–17–4
31 W December 15, 1979 6–2 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 10–17–4
32 W December 16, 1979 4–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 11–17–4
33 L December 19, 1979 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 11–18–4
34 W December 21, 1979 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 12–18–4
35 L December 26, 1979 0–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 12–19–4
36 L December 28, 1979 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 12–20–4
37 L December 29, 1979 1–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 12–21–4
38 L December 31, 1979 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 12–22–4
39 L January 4, 1980 1–2 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 12–23–4
40 T January 6, 1980 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 12–23–5
41 L January 8, 1980 0–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 12–24–5
42 L January 10, 1980 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 12–25–5
43 L January 12, 1980 0–3 New York Rangers (1979–80) 12–26–5
44 W January 13, 1980 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 13–26–5
45 L January 15, 1980 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 13–27–5
46 L January 16, 1980 1–4 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 13–28–5
47 L January 18, 1980 0–5 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 13–29–5
48 L January 21, 1980 2–7 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 13–30–5
49 L January 22, 1980 4–5 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 13–31–5
50 L January 25, 1980 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 13–32–5
51 T January 27, 1980 6–6 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 13–32–6
52 W January 29, 1980 7–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 14–32–6
53 L February 1, 1980 2–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 14–33–6
54 T February 2, 1980 2–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 14–33–7
55 L February 8, 1980 3–6 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 14–34–7
56 T February 10, 1980 2–2 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 14–34–8
57 T February 12, 1980 0–0 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 14–34–9
58 L February 14, 1980 1–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 14–35–9
59 L February 15, 1980 4–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 14–36–9
60 W February 17, 1980 6–5 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 15–36–9
61 L February 20, 1980 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 15–37–9
62 L February 21, 1980 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 15–38–9
63 L February 23, 1980 3–9 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 15–39–9
64 L February 27, 1980 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 15–40–9
65 T February 29, 1980 3–3 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 15–40–10
66 L March 2, 1980 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 15–41–10
67 L March 4, 1980 1–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 15–42–10
68 L March 9, 1980 2–5 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 15–43–10
69 T March 12, 1980 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 15–43–11
70 L March 14, 1980 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 15–44–11
71 W March 16, 1980 6–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 16–44–11
72 L March 19, 1980 1–9 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 16–45–11
73 W March 21, 1980 4–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 17–45–11
74 L March 23, 1980 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 17–46–11
75 W March 26, 1980 7–0 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 18–46–11
76 L March 28, 1980 1–2 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 18–47–11
77 L March 30, 1980 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 18–48–11
78 W April 2, 1980 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 19–48–11
79 L April 5, 1980 0–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 19–49–11
80 W April 6, 1980 3–2 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 20–49–11

Playoffs[edit]

The Jets failed to qualify for the playoffs, as their record of 20-49-11 earned them 51 points, good for fifth in the Smythe Division, 18 points behind the fourth place Edmonton Oilers for the final playoff position.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lukowich, MorrisMorris Lukowich LW 78 35 39 74 77 -16 13 1 2
Sullivan, PeterPeter Sullivan C 79 24 35 59 20 -45 5 0 3
Wilson, RonRon Wilson C 79 21 36 57 28 -12 6 0 3
Lindstrom, WillyWilly Lindstrom RW 79 23 26 49 20 -19 5 0 4
Norwich, CraigCraig Norwich D 70 10 35 45 36 -11 7 0 0
Marsh, PeterPeter Marsh RW 57 18 20 38 59 -38 9 0 0
Sjoberg, Lars-ErikLars-Erik Sjoberg D 79 7 27 34 48 -35 3 1 0
Drouin, JudeJude Drouin C 78 8 16 24 50 -38 1 2 1
Campbell, ScottScott Campbell D 63 3 17 20 136 -39 0 0 2
Moffat, LyleLyle Moffat LW 74 10 9 19 38 -24 0 0 1
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 15 8 10 18 2 -5 3 0 0
Markell, JohnJohn Markell LW 38 10 7 17 21 -12 2 0 1
Stamler, LorneLorne Stamler LW 62 8 7 15 12 -29 0 0 0
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 63 3 11 14 72 -26 0 0 0
Cory, RossRoss Cory D 46 2 9 11 32 -16 1 0 0
Manery, KrisKris Manery C/RW 16 6 4 10 6 -8 4 0 0
Hull, BobbyBobby Hull LW 18 4 6 10 0 -7 1 0 0
Melrose, BarryBarry Melrose D 74 4 6 10 124 -41 0 0 1
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 72 3 5 8 287 -20 1 0 1
Graves, HilliardHilliard Graves RW 35 1 5 6 15 -13 0 0 0
Riley, BillBill Riley RW 14 3 2 5 7 0 2 0 1
McTavish, GordGord McTavish C 10 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 0
Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda LW 15 1 1 2 35 -4 0 0 0
Bethel, JohnJohn Bethel LW 17 0 2 2 4 -3 0 0 0
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel G 35 0 2 2 10 0 0 0 0
Daley, PatPat Daley LW 5 1 0 1 4 -2 0 0 0
Guindon, BobbyBobby Guindon LW 6 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
Lesuk, BillBill Lesuk LW 49 0 1 1 43 -15 0 0 0
Amodeo, MikeMike Amodeo D 19 0 0 0 2 -15 0 0 0
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 13 0 0 0 2 -6 0 0 0
Hopkins, LarryLarry Hopkins LW 5 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
MacIver, DonDon MacIver D 6 0 0 0 2 -5 0 0 0
Mattsson, MarkusMarkus Mattsson G 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Middlebrook, LindsayLindsay Middlebrook G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rioux, GerryGerry Rioux RW 8 0 0 0 6 -2 0 0 0
Smith, GaryGary Smith G 20 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0
Smith, GordGord Smith D 13 0 0 0 8 -5 0 0 0
Tomalty, GlennGlenn Tomalty LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel 1947 35 9 19 3 130 4.01 0
Mattsson, MarkusMarkus Mattsson 1200 21 5 11 4 65 3.25 2
Smith, GaryGary Smith 1073 20 4 11 4 73 4.08 0
Middlebrook, LindsayLindsay Middlebrook 580 10 2 8 0 40 4.14 0
Team: 4800 80 20 49 11 308 3.85 2

[2]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 28, 1979 To Quebec Nordiques
Jamie Hislop
To Winnipeg Jets
Barry Legge
July 25, 1979 To New York Rangers
Future Considerations
To Winnipeg Jets
Wayne Dillon
August 1, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Paul Terbenche
To Winnipeg Jets
Future Considerations
October 4, 1979 To Montreal Canadiens
Cash
To Winnipeg Jets
Ron Wilson
October 15, 1979 To New York Rangers
Cash
Future Considerations
To Winnipeg Jets
Bud Stefanski
February 27, 1980 To Hartford Whalers
Bobby Hull
To Winnipeg Jets
Future Considerations

Waivers[edit]

February 27, 1980 From Vancouver Canucks
Kris Manery

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Willy Lindstrom Winnipeg Jets (WHA)
Larry Hopkins Toronto Maple Leafs
John Bethel Undrafted Free Agent
Benoit Gosselin New York Rangers
Gerry Rioux Undrafted Free Agent
Glenn Tomalty Undrafted Free Agent
Ross Cory Undrafted Free Agent
Jude Drouin New York Islanders
Mark Plantery Undrafted Free Agent
Don MacIver Undrafted Free Agent
Anders Steen Undrafted Free Agent

Draft picks[edit]

NHL Amateur Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 19. Jimmy Mann (RW)  Canada Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
2 40. Dave Christian  United States University of North Dakota (NCAA)

Expansion Draft[edit]

Reclaimed Players[edit]

Reclaiming of Players: The 17 existing NHL teams were allowed to reclaim any rights to former WHA players they held. The four incoming franchises, however, were allowed to protect up to two goaltenders and two skaters, voiding their NHL rights. These players were considered "priority selections" in the expansion draft. Gordie Howe was one of two special cases (the other being Wayne Gretzky), as a gentlemen's agreement between the Hartford Whalers and the Detroit Red Wings, which held his rights, led to the Wings declining to reclaim Howe.

These are Winnipeg players whose NHL rights were reclaimed when the WHA merged with the NHL. This list is incomplete.

# Player Reclaimed From Reclaimed By
4. Bobby Hull (LW) Winnipeg Jets Chicago Black Hawks

Jets selections[edit]

# Player Drafted From Drafted By
1. Peter Marsh (LW) Pittsburgh Penguins Winnipeg Jets
2. Lindsay Middlebrook (G) New York Rangers Winnipeg Jets
3. Bobby Hull (LW) Chicago Black Hawks Winnipeg Jets
4. Al Cameron (D) Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg Jets
5. Dave Hoyda (LW) Philadelphia Flyers Winnipeg Jets
6. Jim Roberts (LW) Minnesota North Stars Winnipeg Jets
7. Lorne Stamler (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs Winnipeg Jets
8. Mark Heaslip (RW) Los Angeles Kings Winnipeg Jets
9. Pierre Hamel (G) Toronto Maple Leafs Winnipeg Jets
10. Gord McTavish (F) St. Louis Blues Winnipeg Jets
11. Gord Smith (D) Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets
12. Clark Hamilton (C) Detroit Red Wings Winnipeg Jets
13. Jim Cunningham (LW) Philadelphia Flyers Winnipeg Jets
14. Dennis Abgrall (RW) Los Angeles Kings Winnipeg Jets
15. Bill Riley (W) Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets
16. Gene Carr (C) Atlanta Flames Winnipeg Jets
17. Hilliard Graves (RW) Vancouver Canucks Winnipeg Jets

Roster[edit]

1979-80 Winnipeg Jets
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1979-80 Winnipeg Jets Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.