It Feels like the First Time

The Jets are still looking for their first win in the franchise’s new incarnation. We’re not the only team with a zero in the wins column; New York and Columbus are keeping us company. However, we are the lone team in the league with a zero in the points column; a fact (or point) the boys in blue will be looking to change.

Visiting the MTS Centre tonight is the shorthanded Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens make the trip to Winnipeg without superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (no confirmation if Mario Lemieux will make the trip, but why start now). While the Penguins proved last season that they can still play solid hockey minus their big two, hopefully the Jets can take advantage of the missing stars and record their first win of the season in front of their hometown fans.

In tribute to looking for our first win, let’s take a look back at the very first win the Jets 1.0 achieved just over 22 years ago.

The Winnipeg Jets first NHL win came against the Colorado Rockies on October 14, 1979. The Jets beat the Don Cherry coached Rockies 4-2 in front of 12, 619 fans in a packed Winnipeg Arena. It was our first of 20 wins in a season that saw the Jets post a 51 point freshman campaign; good enough for a last place tie (appropriately with the Rockies).

The Jets were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period of their home opener; with a goal coming from Peter Sullivan. The Jets grabbed a commanding 3-1 lead in the second period after goals from defenseman Craig Norwich and the eventual game-winner from Jude Drouin. Norwich put the icing on the cake early in the third with his second goal of the night and the Jets had their first home and franchise win. (full scoring summary)

Let’s hope, just like way back when, the Jets will record their first home and franchise victories in the same night. If the ‘W’ doesn’t come his evening, it’s off to Ontario to play the red-hot Leafs and the struggling Senators.

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Born and raised Winnipegger. A life long Jets fan, as well as a Pop-Culture and sports junkie. For thoughts on the Winnipeg Jets, the NHL and things irreverent follow him on Twitter.