The Winnipeg Jets: Enemy Territory

| July 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Winnipeg Jets were one of Vancouver’s fiercest rivals before their relocation to Phoenix in 1996. Having faced each other countless times in the seasons leading up to that catastrophic announcement, the divisional matchups between the Jets and Canucks were always something to look forward to. When Pavel Bure and Teemu Selanne entered the league, however, this rivalry evolved into something much greater.

The battle between provinces reached its peak between the 1991-92 and 1992-93 NHL seasons, when the Canucks were pitted against the Jets twice in the Stanley Cup playoffs. These would be the only two rounds in which they would play against one another.

As it currently stands, the Canucks are 8-5 against the Jets in the playoffs. With the real possibility that an NHL franchise could once again take Winnipeg by storm, perhaps fans can be reminded of what was once a magnificent clash between two bitter rivals.

Raw footage courtesy of CBC.
Audio: Idle Eyes – Tokyo Rose

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  1. JetsMan says:

    Kind of ironic/sad/pitiful that Winnipeg was forced to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks primary affiliate (Moose) for so many years…

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