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Sport Manitoba – 60 Years of Pro Hockey in Winnipeg presented by the Winnipeg Jets celebrates an era that includes both the old Winnipeg Arena and the new MTS Centre. From the Winnipeg Braves in the late 50s, to the WHA Jets in the 70s, their entry into the NHL for the Jets 1.0, through to the 80s and 90s, the Manitoba Moose in the IHL and AHL, and into the return of the NHL Jets 2.0 in 2011 and the Moose in 2015. 

As we celebrate the Heritage Classic next week, hockey fans both young and old will find treasures and memories in this fabulous exhibit presented by the Winnipeg Jets hockey club. 

The exhibit opens Thursday October 13, 2016

Interview Opportunities

On opening day, the following individuals will be available for interview to discuss the new exhibit: 

•    Rick Brownlee, Sport Manitoba, Sport Heritage Manager

•    Derek Meech: Meech signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets on July 1, 2011, and then again on July 1, 2012. This season, Meech will be the colour commentator on Manitoba Moose broadcasts along with Mitch Peacock.

•    Joe Daley: Daley is a former National Hockey League and World Hockey Association goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, and Winnipeg Jets. Daley’s longest stint in major league hockey was with Winnipeg from 1972–79. He won three league championships with the Jets (1976–77 through 1978–79) and was the WHA’s second leading goalie during the 1975–76 season. 

•    Ab McDonald: McDonald is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward who began his National Hockey League career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1958, and retired in 1972. During his career, McDonald won four straight Stanley Cups – three with Montreal, followed by another with Chicago. He was the first team captain of both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets. He scored the first goal ever for the Jets in the World Hockey Association


60 Years of Pro Hockey in Winnipeg presented by the Winnipeg Jets hockey club will be on display at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre at 145 Pacific Avenue) from October 13, 2016 – April 2017. Entrance admission for the exhibit is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors (55+) and children.
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s mandate is to preserve, celebrate and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba.

Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Canada Game’s Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.


For more information or to request an interview or images please contact:
Tara Skibo
Communications/Public Relations Officer
Sport Manitoba
Cell: 204.781.1438