Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Remembering Former Winnipeg Jet: Keith Tkachuk.

By Christopher Hurley /
GateHouse News Service

Playing in the final game of his illustrious 19-year National Hockey League (NHL) career, Medford native Keith Tkachuk once again gave the St. Louis Blues fans something to cheer about picking up two assists, including the game-tying helper, in the Blues 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks, April 9, 2010.

It was an emotional night for the 38-year-old All-Star, who announced (in April) that he was retiring from hockey at the end of the 2009-10 season.

“I can’t even think right now,” Tkachuk told the sellout crowd of 19,150, during a special post-game tribute, with his three children, Braeden, Matthew and Taryn by his side at center ice, along with his wife and parents at rinkside. “This has been a dream come true. [From] my parents, my wife, to my children and all the fans, it’s a blessing. I just want to thank all the fans for their support.”

The two assists improve Tkachuk’s NHL Hall-of-Fame caliber numbers to 538 goals, 527 assists and 1,065 points, in 1,201 regular season games.

The Winnipeg Jets originally drafted the Medford Youth Hockey product and a former Malden Catholic Lancer in the first round, 19th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Tkachuk relocated with the franchise to Phoenix, skating five seasons with the Coyotes, before finding a new hockey home in St. Louis during the 2000-01 season. Although he was dealt to Atlanta during the Thrashers playoff drive late in 2007, Tkachuk ultimately returned to St. Louis the following season where he finished his career.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NHL Winnipeg Jets Pub Table


Warning: It's a bit pricey!



Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Hot Winnipeg Jets Babe - great artwork by Robert Kullman.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Take a couple of VITAMIN J and call me in the Spring...

Call 780-SEAT!

I tried - no one answered :(
Maybe in the Spring?



Sunday, December 19, 2010


Mike Amodeo’s '78-'79 Winnipeg Jets Avco Cup Championship Ring!

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This is an impressive gold memento that commemorates the Winnipeg Jets’ 1978-79 Avco Cup title, their third championship in four years which capped off the team’s successful seven-year run in the World Hockey Association. It was presented to defenceman Mike Amodeo, this treasure features three diamonds incorporated into the Jets logo on the tableau. “WHA Champions” surround it while inscriptions on one shank include the team’s name, its Avco Cup championship seasons, Winnipeg’s seven years in the WHA and an “NHL ‘79” mention. A likeness of the championship trophy is on the other shank along with “Amodeo” and “1979”. Stamped “Jostens 10K” on the interior of the band where a scripted and engraved “Wpg 7 – Edm 3” references the score of the Jets’ clinching victory over a young Gretzky and the Oilers in the finals which Winnipeg took four-games-to-two. Huge ring is a whopping size 15+ and shows only light wear. This is from Mike Amodeo’s personal collection, with his signed letter of authenticity.

aka: WHA Bling - How do ya like me now, Wayne?!



Friday, December 17, 2010

Will the Goldwater Institute help to make Winnipeg's NHL dreams come true?

The debates rages on...

Any tax payer in Glendale willing to step forward? It only takes one!







Thursday, December 16, 2010

Back to the drawing board for Winnipeg's NHL hopes...

Wednesday, 12.15.2010
By Jerry Brown - Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It took two years and more possible ownership scenarios than you can shake a hockey stick at, but the Phoenix Coyotes are staying right where they are -- in Glendale.

After a meeting that ran more than four hours, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve a $197 million deal that will keep the team, which has been owned by the NHL for more than a year, in town. As a result, Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer took a huge step toward becoming the fourth owner of the franchise since it moved to the desert from Winnipeg in 1996.

"I'm happy the council went this way and the hard work starts now," said Hulsizer, who added that he expects to assume control of the team within weeks, not months. "We have a long process, but in the end I think we're going build a great product."

Hulsizer and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the council in a jam-packed chamber filled with more than 300 Coyotes fans who came to urge Mayor Elaine Scruggs and the council to keep the team in town – and some Glendale citizens who were opposed to more city investment. Hulsizer received a standing ovation from most of the crowd after he spoke.

Bettman said the NHL is relieved that the process of finding a new owner is coming to an end with the approval of the lease.

"We're very pleased that this difficult process that we have been engaged in the last two years is finally coming to a conclusion, and one that we were seeking from the outset," said Bettman, who added that Glendale has also been promised an All-Star Game within three years -- with the likely scenario being the 2013 game.

"As always, we seek to make relocation an absolute last resort," Bettman said. "We believe that the Coyotes and NHL hockey can be successful in Glendale, and the circumstance we went through a year and a half ago (when former owner Jerry Moyes filed for bankruptcy) weren't indicative of whether we were in a position to see things done right."

The city is betting that Hulsizer, who will use $100 million of the approved money to help purchase the team from the NHL for a reported $170 million, has the business ability and hockey background to give the team footing, on and off the ice. In return, the city claims ownership of parking around Arena, which was free in the past for Coyotes games and other arena events, but will now be looked to a revenue stream that, along with ticket surcharges, will allow the city to recapture its investment.

Hulsizer said those who felt that Glendale was giving a rich man more money "don't understand economics very well."

"I'm certainly risking money and putting money up and the city is buying parking from us, which is revenue we could use but we're not going to get. We're going have to make do without it, like most other hockey teams. This is not a team that has been profitable, that's why it's in bankruptcy. We need to do a lot of work and we need to make a lot of investment to make this thing successful and we expect to do that."

Hulsizer said he doesn't expect to make money "for a long time," and then was asked how long.

"Certainly not in the next few years," he said. "But I will tell you that 10 or 15 years from now, I think, along with the economy, things are going to come back. This is a big bet by us on Arizona and specifically this area, but I think we're going to come out of this."


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Tim Watters, Dale Hawerchuk, Laurie Boschman & Scott Arniel enjoy a few Mooseheads before the game...remember when the NHL was this cool?