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Catching up

Updates on a cross-section of former Jets coaches and players, from Arniel to Zhamnov

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General manager:

JOHN PADDOCK

The Oak River native and one-time draft pick of the World Hockey Association's Minnesota Fighting Saints was the first Manitoba-born coach of the Jets franchise when he was appointed in 1991. He relinquished the coaching duties to concentrate on the GM position in 1994.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 31/5/2011 (2699 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

General manager:

 

JOHN PADDOCK

The Oak River native and one-time draft pick of the World Hockey Association's Minnesota Fighting Saints was the first Manitoba-born coach of the Jets franchise when he was appointed in 1991. He relinquished the coaching duties to concentrate on the GM position in 1994.

He is currently the assistant general manager for the Philadelphia Flyers, the team for which he played 47 games in the 1970s and '80s.

 

Head coach

 

TERRY SIMPSON

Winnipeg was the third and final head-coaching position for Simpson, the last bench boss in the team's history.

He left the organization after the last season to become an assistant for two years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 67-year-old is now retired.

 

Assistant coaches:

 

RANDY CARLYLE

The longtime defenceman for the Jets worked his way up from an assistant coach during the 1995-96 season, to coach of the Manitoba Moose, to head man of the Anaheim Ducks, which he led to a Stanley Cup victory in 2007. He just completed his sixth year with the team.

 

PERRY PEARN

He entered the NHL with the last Jets team and he hasn't left. He just finished up his second year as an assistant coach in Montreal after stints in the same position with the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers.

 

Players:

 

KEITH TKACHUK

Once the cornerstone of the Jets, Tkachuk retired as a member of the St. Louis Blues after the 2009-10 season. He still maintains a strong connection to Winnipeg as his wife, Chantal, is from here.

He is an investor in St. Louis sports talk radio station KFNS and an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues Peewee AAA hockey team, on which his son, Braeden, plays.

 

TEEMU SELANNE

One of the most popular Jets of all time and the holder of the rookie scoring record of 76 goals from the 1992-93 campaign, Selanne just finished his 18th season in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks. He had 31 goals and 80 points in 73 games, good for eighth overall. He hasn't tipped his hand on whether he'll play next season.

 

ALEXEI ZHAMNOV

Known for his ability to stickhandle in a phone booth — he also once scored five goals in one game for the Jets — Zhamnov retired five years ago after stints with the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. He is the general manager of Vityaz Chekhov of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.

 

TEPPO NUMMINEN

Immortalized by the Winnipeg Jets Booster Club's banner, "Numminen Sets the Teppo," the Finnish stalwart had his No. 27 raised to the rafters by the Coyotes last year. He retired after the 2008-09 season. His 1,372 NHL games were the most by a European-born and trained player until Nicklas Lidstrom broke it last year.

 

IGOR KOROLEV

The man who scored a career-high 22 goals in the Jets' last season, distinguished himself from his fellow Russians by becoming a Canadian citizen in 2000. He is currently playing men's-league hockey in Vaughan, Ont.

 

ED OLCZYK

One of the most popular players in team history, Eddie O had two stints with the Jets, including the team's last two years in Winnipeg.

He tried his hand at coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins for parts of two seasons and is now a television colour commentator for NBC, Versus and Chicago Blackhawks games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV.

 

DALLAS DRAKE

Traded along with Tim Cheveldae for Bob Essensa and Sergei Bautin, Drake spent three years with the Jets.

He retired after winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008. After it was presented to team captain Nicklas Lidstrom, he turned and passed it to Drake.

He now lives in Traverse City, Mich., with his wife and four children.

 

DARREN TURCOTTE

Traded late in the season to San Jose, Turcotte played less than one season in Winnipeg. He is now the assistant coach of the Nipissing University Lakers hockey team in the OUA.

 

DAVE MANSON

One of most feared fighters of his day, "Charlie" now lives in Christopher Lake, Sask., with his family. Since his retirement in 2002, he has been an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders. He also owns a restaurant franchise.

 

NORM MACIVER

The defenceman who went down in the history books for scoring the last goal in the last game in Winnipeg Jets' history, retired in 1999. He is currently a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

Mike Eastwood

The man who was traded to Winnipeg for Tie Domi retired in 2004. He currently co-hosts the Ottawa Senators post-game show and has appeared in radio commercials for restaurants in the Ottawa area.

 

Mike Stapleton

The son of 1972 Summit Series Team Canada member, Pat Stapleton, retired in 2004.

He is an assistant coach with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

 

Darrin Shannon

The younger of the Jets-playing Shannon brothers played two seasons in Phoenix before finishing up his career in the minor leagues.

 

Kris King

The captain for the last season succeeded Keith Tkachuk after he was stripped of the C after a contract dispute. King retired in 2001. He now works for the NHL as the senior vice-president of hockey operations.

 

Craig Janney

The man who was once voted to have had the "softest hands in hockey," came over in a late-season trade with the San Jose Sharks. Recently, he has been a hockey analyst on the New England Sports Network.

 

Deron Quint

The rookie defenceman scored two goals in a four-second span, tying a more than 60-year-old record, in the 1995-96 season. He played for six different NHL teams and now toils for HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamskteam of the KHL.

 

Shane Doan

The captain of the Phoenix Coyotes, Doan is the last of the 1995-96 Jets still with the franchise. He said in numerous interviews that his preference was for the team to stay in Phoenix because that's where his family has put down roots.

 

Darryl Shannon

The older Shannon was traded to Buffalo part way through the last season. He now lives in Buffalo and is an active member of the Sabres Alumni Association.

 

Oleg Tverdovsky

The second overall draft pick in 2004 was best known to Winnipeggers as the main piece in the trade for Teemu Selanne. He has won two Stanley Cups. He is currently playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.

 

Jim McKenzie

The 14-year veteran retired in 2004, one year after winning the Stanley Cup with New Jersey. He finished second in penalty minutes for the Jets in their last season with 202, just three behind Dave Manson.

 

Jeff Finley

The defenceman scored one goal during his single season for the Jets. He is currently an assistant coach of the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League.

 

Randy Gilhen

This hometown boy won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1991 and is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He had three separate stints with the Jets. He also played for two other Winnipeg-based teams, the WHL's Winnipeg Warriors and the International Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, of which he was the captain.

 

Chad Kilger

The other piece coming this way in the Selanne trade spent much of his time with the Jets' organization in the minors. He retired in 2004. He is currently a firefighter in Cornwall, Ont.

 

Neil Wilkinson

The native of Selkirk started his career with the Minnesota North Stars and was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the Jets' last season.

 

Craig Muni

The defensive specialist and shot blocker won three Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers. He came to the Jets in a late-season trade with Buffalo. He currently works with the Uniland Development Company, the largest commercial developer in Western New York state.

 

Iain Fraser

A centre who played a dozen games for the Jets, Fraser scored just one goal. He retired in 2007 after playing in Europe for a decade.

 

Jason Doig

A second round pick in the Jets last draft year of 1995, Doig played 15 games in his rookie campaign, scoring one goal. After retiring from the Swiss League in 2008, he co-founded TreeVestors, Inc., a company dedicated to emerging market investments of sustainable tropical forestry and ecosystem assets.

 

Craig Mills

This right-winger came up from the Belleville Bulls to play four games with the Jets, assisting on two goals. He retired after playing in France in the 2005-06 season. He is now an insolvency lawyer in Toronto.

 

Brent Thompson

The defenceman played parts of the last two seasons in Winnipeg, registering one assist. He is currently the head coach of the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League.

 

Stewart Malgunas

Traded late in the season to Washington, Malgunas had one assist for the Jets. He retired in 2003.

 

Scott Langkow

The older brother of Calgary Flames centre Daymond, he has played professionally for 15 years, primarily in the minors and in Europe, but he played six minutes of one game for the Jets. He is currently playing in Europe with the Krefeld Pinguine of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

 

Tom Draper

Draper had two tours of duty with the Jets, first in the late 1980s and then one game in the team's final season.

He lives in Birmingham, N.Y. with his family, where he is an account manager for Coca-Cola and the goaltending coach for the Binghamton Junior Senators.

 

Rob Murray

The 15-year career minor leaguer played a single game during the Jets' last season.

He was recently let go as the head coach of the Providence Bruins in the AHL.

 

Michal Grosek

The first Czech-born player in Jets history, Grosek joined the club in the 1993-94 season. He played one game during the team's final season before he was traded to Buffalo.

He is now a coach with CP Meyrin in a Swiss league.

 

Dallas Eakins

After coming over in a late season trade with the St. Louis Blues, Eakins played just two games for the Jets.

While serving as the captain of the Manitoba Moose in 2003-04, he switched his number from 6 to 37 in honour of his friend, Dan Snyder, who was killed in a car accident with current San Jose Sharks sniper Dany Heatley at the wheel.

Eakins is currently the head coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

 

Ravil Gusmanov

With barely time for a cup of coffee in Winnipeg, Gusmanov played just four games for the Jets, the only four games in the NHL in his career. He retired last year from the KHL.

 

Dominic Roussel

After coming over in a trade with Philadelphia, Roussel won just two of the seven games he played for the Jets. He is now a private goalie trainer through his company, Succès hockey Dominic Roussel.

 

Denis Chasse

The Jets were Chasse's third team of the 1995-96 season. He was held pointless in 15 games.

 

Ed Ronan

A winner of the Stanley Cup in Montreal in 1993, Ronan was scoreless in 17 games with the Jets during their last campaign.

 

Tim Cheveldae

The Jets starting goaltender at the beginning of the season, he was traded to Philadelphia in February for Dominic Roussel. He is currently a firefighter.

 

Nikolai Khabibulin

The "Bulin Wall" won the starting job from Tim Cheveldae part-way through the 1995-96 season. He backstopped the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004 and is under contract with the Edmonton Oilers for next season.

 

Scott Arniel

Drafted by the Jets in 1981, he played a total of six seasons for Winnipeg, sandwiching four seasons with the Sabres in bewteen. He's probably better know to younger fans as a head coach of the Manitoba Moose, and now, head man with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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