As most of the team's fans already know, there are two distinct franchises in NHL history that share the name Winnipeg Jets. The originalJets franchise started as a World Hockey Association team in 1972 and went on to win three WHA titles in that league’s brief history. They joined the National Hockey League as a result of the NHL-WHA merger of 1979. Unfortunately, the dominance of the Oilers during the ‘80s kept the Jets from developing into a major force in the NHL, but the team did have a few impressive highlights, including three division championships and a 96-point season (1984–85). The team relocated to Phoenix after the 1995-96 season.
The next incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets began as an expansion team called the Atlanta Thrashers, who joined the NHL in 1999. After 12 seasons of play, during which they made the playoffs only once, the Thrashers were sold and relocated to Winnipeg. The new Winnipeg Jets have become a team to be reckoned with in the Central Division, having made several playoffs appearances in recent years.
Fans of this team are renowned for the “Winnipeg Whiteout”—the practice of wearing white t-shirts or white NHL Jets hockey jerseys at home games. That’s certainly a good enough reason to buy a few authenticWinnipeg Jets jerseys for your wardrobe. Another reason is that it’s just fun to collect Winnipeg Jets throwback jerseys. You can hang up your vintageWinnipeg Jets jerseys around the house, wear them to a watch party, or give them as birthday gifts to the hockey fans in your life.