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Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Winnipeg Jets began as a WHA franchise and moved to the NHL in the 1979 merger. Then they played there until 1996, after which the team was moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes. Yes, it’s sacrilegious to move a team from Canada to the deep south of the U.S., but it happened. Anyway, the franchise has 16 playoff appearances but no championships to speak of, but has put some great players on the ice. Here is their short list of leading goal scorers to date:
Dale Hawerchuk (379)—Center Dale Hawerchuk began his career in Winnipeg and played there from 1981 to 1990. Hawerchuk leads the Jets/Coyotes franchise all-time with 379 goals scored, and he scored 40 or more goals seven times while with the team. His best season was 1984-85, when Hawerchuk had a career high 53 goals with 77 assists for 130 total points (also career best).
Keith Tkachuk (323)—Left wing Keith Tkachuk played for both Winnipeg and Phoenix, from 1991 to 2001, and he ranks second in team history with 323 goals. His four best seasons were spent with the franchise, with 40 or more goals. Tkachuk had a career high 52 goals with Phoenix in 1996-97, but his best overall season was arguably 1995-96 with Winnipeg, when Tkachuk scored 50 goals and had career highs in assists (48) and total points (98).
Thomas Steen (264)—Center Thomas Steen played his entire career in Winnipeg, from 1981 to 1995, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 264 goals. Steen never had more than 30 goals in a season, and when he did, in 1984-85, it marked what was probably his best season. That year, he also had 54 assists for 84 total points.
Shane Doan (263)—Right wing Shane Doan began his career in 1995 with one season in Winnipeg, then moved with the franchise to Phoenix, where he is still playing for them as I write this in 2009. Doan ranks fourth in franchise history with 263 goals, and his best season was probably 2008-09, when he scored a career high 31 goals, and added 42 assists for 73 total points.
Paul MacLean (248)—Right wing Paul MacLean played in Winnipeg from 1981 to 1988, and ranks fifth in the team’s history with 248 goals scored. MacLean had three seasons in Winnipeg with 40 or more goals, and his best season was 1984-85. That year, MacLean had career highs in goals (41), assists (60), and total points (101).