WINNIPEG JETS POSTSEASON
The 2011-12 season marks the rebirth of the Winnipeg Jets, who moved from the Canadian city in 1996 to become the Phoenix Coyotes. This new version of the Jets was made possible by the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg and taking on the new moniker. As the season gets underway, Jets fans are as excited as ever to get their first taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs in years.
This new version of the Jets started play in 1999 when the original franchise was formed in Atlanta. Over the course of their history, the team was only able to muster one playoff appearance, but a few of these players are still on the Jets' current roster, giving them valuable postseason experience.
The Thrashers' sole playoff appearance came in 2007 when the team won its division championship and relied on the strong play of Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk. However, the green Thrashers were no match for the New York Rangers and they were swept in four games.
The Jets have plenty of great players to fuel a run at the championship in the future, such as goalie Ondrej Pavelec and wingers Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. The team's dedicated fan base is sure to fill the seats at the MTS Centre in the coming years as they dream of hoisting their first championship banner.