1980–81 Winnipeg Jets season

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1980–81 Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)
Division 6th Smythe
1980–81 record 9–57–14
Goals for 246
Goals against 400
Team information
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach Tom McVie
Captain Morris Lukowich
Alternate captains None
Team leaders

The 1980–81 Winnipeg Jets season was the Winnipeg Jets' second season in the National Hockey League. In the 1980-81 season they finished fifth (and last) in the NHL's Smythe Division. The team scored 246 goals and conceded 400 goals. The Jets won 9 games, lost 57 games and tied 14 games. They scored 32 points.

The Jets were coached by Tom McVie (1 win, 20 losses and 7 ties), Bill Sutherland (6 wins, 20 losses and 3 ties),and Mike Smith (2 wins, 17 losses and 4 ties).

Offseason[edit]

The Jets named Morris Lukowich as team captain during the off-season, as former captain Lars-Erik Sjoberg announced his retirement at the end of the 1979-80 season. Lukowich had been with Winnipeg since their final season in the WHA, helping the club win the Avco Cup in 1979.

On June 11, 1980, Winnipeg selected defenseman Dave Babych with the second overall pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Babych was a high scoring defenseman with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, recording 22 goals and 82 points in 50 games with Portland. With their second pick, the Jets selected Moe Mantha from the Toronto Marlboros of the OMJHL, and in the seventh round, the team selected Brian Mullen from the United States national ice hockey team.

Winnipeg made a few small trades during the off-season, most notably acquiring Rick Bowness from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Craig Norwich. The Jets also acquired Norm Dupont from the Montreal Canadiens for the Jets second round pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Dupont was selected by the Canadiens in the first round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, however, he picked up only a goal and four points in 35 games with Montreal in the 1979-80 season.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
St. Louis Blues 80 45 18 17 352 281 107
Chicago Black Hawks 80 31 33 16 304 315 78
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 32 20 289 301 76
Edmonton Oilers 80 29 35 16 328 327 74
Colorado Rockies 80 22 45 13 258 344 57
Winnipeg Jets 80 9 57 14 246 400 32

[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, 1980 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 0–1–0
2 L October 11, 1980 4–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 0–2–0
3 W October 17, 1980 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 1–2–0
4 T October 19, 1980 4–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 1–2–1
5 L October 22, 1980 4–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 1–3–1
6 L October 25, 1980 1–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 1–4–1
7 T October 26, 1980 7–7 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 1–4–2
8 L October 29, 1980 4–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 1–5–2
9 L October 31, 1980 5–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 1–6–2
10 T November 2, 1980 4–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 1–6–3
11 T November 5, 1980 5–5 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 1–6–4
12 L November 7, 1980 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 1–7–4
13 L November 9, 1980 4–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 1–8–4
14 L November 12, 1980 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 1–9–4
15 T November 13, 1980 5–5 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 1–9–5
16 L November 16, 1980 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 1–10–5
17 L November 18, 1980 1–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 1–11–5
18 L November 19, 1980 2–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 1–12–5
19 L November 21, 1980 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 1–13–5
20 L November 23, 1980 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 1–14–5
21 T November 25, 1980 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 1–14–6
22 L November 26, 1980 4–8 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 1–15–6
23 T November 28, 1980 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–15–7
24 L November 30, 1980 1–4 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 1–16–7
25 L December 3, 1980 3–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 1–17–7
26 L December 4, 1980 1–3 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 1–18–7
27 L December 6, 1980 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–19–7
28 L December 10, 1980 5–8 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 1–20–7
29 L December 13, 1980 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 1–21–7
30 L December 14, 1980 4–5 New York Islanders (1980–81) 1–22–7
31 L December 16, 1980 2–6 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 1–23–7
32 L December 17, 1980 2–8 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 1–24–7
33 L December 20, 1980 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 1–25–7
34 W December 23, 1980 5–4 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 2–25–7
35 L December 26, 1980 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 2–26–7
36 L December 28, 1980 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 2–27–7
37 L December 31, 1980 3–5 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 2–28–7
38 W January 2, 1981 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–28–7
39 L January 5, 1981 1–4 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 3–29–7
40 W January 7, 1981 8–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 4–29–7
41 T January 9, 1981 4–4 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 4–29–8
42 L January 10, 1981 3–5 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 4–30–8
43 T January 13, 1981 3–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 4–30–9
44 L January 15, 1981 3–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 4–31–9
45 L January 17, 1981 2–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 4–32–9
46 L January 18, 1981 4–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 4–33–9
47 W January 21, 1981 5–1 New York Rangers (1980–81) 5–33–9
48 T January 23, 1981 2–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 5–33–10
49 L January 27, 1981 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 5–34–10
50 L January 29, 1981 6–7 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 5–35–10
51 W January 31, 1981 2–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 6–35–10
52 L February 1, 1981 0–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 6–36–10
53 L February 4, 1981 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 6–37–10
54 L February 6, 1981 4–10 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 6–38–10
55 L February 8, 1981 1–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 6–39–10
56 L February 12, 1981 6–8 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 6–40–10
57 W February 15, 1981 4–3 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 7–40–10
58 L February 17, 1981 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 7–41–10
59 T February 18, 1981 3–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 7–41–11
60 L February 20, 1981 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 7–42–11
61 L February 21, 1981 1–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 7–43–11
62 L February 25, 1981 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 7–44–11
63 L February 27, 1981 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 7–45–11
64 T March 1, 1981 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 7–45–12
65 L March 4, 1981 3–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 7–46–12
66 L March 5, 1981 1–10 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 7–47–12
67 W March 7, 1981 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 8–47–12
68 L March 8, 1981 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 8–48–12
69 L March 11, 1981 3–6 New York Islanders (1980–81) 8–49–12
70 L March 13, 1981 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 8–50–12
71 L March 15, 1981 2–8 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 8–51–12
72 W March 18, 1981 4–3 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 9–51–12
73 L March 21, 1981 4–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 9–52–12
74 L March 22, 1981 5–7 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 9–53–12
75 L March 27, 1981 2–10 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 9–54–12
76 L March 29, 1981 1–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 9–55–12
77 L March 31, 1981 3–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 9–56–12
78 T April 1, 1981 4–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 9–56–13
79 L April 4, 1981 2–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 9–57–13
80 T April 5, 1981 5–5 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 9–57–14

Playoffs[edit]

For the second straight season, the Jets failed to qualify for the playoffs, as they had an NHL worst record of 9-57-14, earning 32 points, 44 points behind the Edmonton Oilers for the final playoff position in the Smythe Division.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 80 28 43 71 22 -54 9 1 0
Lukowich, MorrisMorris Lukowich LW 80 33 34 67 90 -39 9 2 2
Dupont, NormNorm Dupont LW 80 27 26 53 8 -57 8 0 1
Wilson, RonRon Wilson C 77 18 33 51 55 -34 4 1 0
Geoffrion, DannyDanny Geoffrion RW 78 20 26 46 82 -32 3 0 0
Babych, DaveDave Babych D 69 6 38 44 90 -61 3 0 0
Lindstrom, WillyWilly Lindstrom RW 72 22 13 35 45 -28 7 0 1
Trimper, TimTim Trimper LW 56 15 14 29 28 -31 1 0 1
Bowness, RickRick Bowness RW 45 8 17 25 45 -35 0 0 1
Mantha, MoeMoe Mantha D 58 2 23 25 35 -33 1 0 0
Lecuyer, DougDoug Lecuyer LW 45 6 17 23 66 -27 0 0 1
Long, BarryBarry Long D 65 6 17 23 42 -47 0 0 0
Sullivan, PeterPeter Sullivan C 47 4 19 23 20 -17 2 0 0
Manery, KrisKris Manery C/RW 47 13 9 22 24 -15 4 1 0
Spring, DonDon Spring D 80 1 18 19 18 -40 0 0 0
Smail, DougDoug Smail LW 30 10 8 18 45 -7 1 3 1
Steen, AndersAnders Steen C 42 5 11 16 22 -22 3 0 1
Marsh, PeterPeter Marsh RW 24 6 7 13 9 -17 3 0 0
Dudley, RickRick Dudley LW 30 5 5 10 28 -12 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 37 3 3 6 105 -18 0 0 0
Plantery, MarkMark Plantery D 25 1 5 6 14 -10 0 0 0
Legge, BarryBarry Legge D 38 0 6 6 69 -33 0 0 0
Campbell, ScottScott Campbell D 14 1 4 5 55 3 0 0 0
Bladon, TomTom Bladon D 9 0 5 5 10 -10 0 0 0
Markell, JohnJohn Markell LW 14 1 3 4 15 -11 1 0 0
Mulhern, RichardRichard Mulhern D 19 0 4 4 14 -9 0 0 0
Cameron, AlAl Cameron D 29 1 2 3 21 -19 0 0 0
Eaves, MurrayMurray Eaves C 12 1 2 3 5 -7 1 0 0
Melrose, BarryBarry Melrose D 18 1 1 2 40 -12 0 0 0
Beadle, SandySandy Beadle LW 6 1 0 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Hoyda, DaveDave Hoyda LW 9 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 0
Cory, RossRoss Cory D 5 0 1 1 9 -8 0 0 0
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel G 29 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Mattsson, MarkusMarkus Mattsson G 31 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Chartier, DaveDave Chartier C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daley, PatPat Daley LW 7 0 0 0 9 -3 0 0 0
Dion, MichelMichel Dion G 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Drouin, JudeJude Drouin C 7 0 0 0 4 -2 0 0 0
Loustel, RonRon Loustel G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middlebrook, LindsayLindsay Middlebrook G 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Whelton, BillBill Whelton D 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dion, MichelMichel Dion 757 14 3 6 3 61 4.83 0
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel 1623 29 3 20 4 128 4.73 0
Mattsson, MarkusMarkus Mattsson 1707 31 3 21 4 128 4.50 1
Loustel, RonRon Loustel 60 1 0 1 0 10 10.00 0
Middlebrook, LindsayLindsay Middlebrook 653 14 0 9 3 65 5.97 0
Team: 4800 80 9 57 14 392 4.90 1

[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;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 19, 1980 To St. Louis Blues
Craig Norwich
To Winnipeg Jets
Rick Bowness
August 6, 1980 To New York Rangers
Gord Smith
To Winnipeg Jets
Cash
September 26, 1980 To Montreal Canadiens
2nd round pick in 1982 - David Maley
To Winnipeg Jets
Norm Dupont
October 8, 1980 To Quebec Nordiques
Cash
To Winnipeg Jets
Danny Geoffrion
October 31, 1980 To Detroit Red Wings
Cash
To Winnipeg Jets
Barry Long
December 1, 1980 To Chicago Black Hawks
Peter Marsh
To Winnipeg Jets
Tim Trimper
Doug Lecuyer
December 2, 1980 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
To Winnipeg Jets
Richard Mulhern
February 10, 1981 To Quebec Nordiques
Cash
To Winnipeg Jets
Michel Dion

Waivers[edit]

January 12, 1981 From Buffalo Sabres
Rick Dudley

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Don Spring Undrafted Free Agent
Tom Bladon Edmonton Oilers
Player New Team
Tom Bladon Detroit Red Wings

Roster[edit]

1980-81 Winnipeg Jets
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1980-81 Winnipeg Jets Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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