True North Sports + Entertainment will be adding two members to their growing Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame in the near future. On Tuesday, February 11, both Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen will be inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to the 2020 Winnipeg Jets Alumni Game against the New York Rangers at Bell MTS Place.
This prestigious honour has already been bestowed upon six others: Ab McDonald, Lars-Erik Sjoberg, Anders Hedberg, Bobby Hull, Ulf Nilsson and Dale Hawerchuk. Both Carlyle and Steen (the seventh and eighth members) will see their sweaters sent up to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony, prior to serving as the distinguished guests of honour at the annual Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame Luncheon the following morning.
Both Carlyle and Steen served as team captains with the Jets during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons in Winnipeg.
Carlyle, 63, suited up for Winnipeg from the 1983-84 season through the 1992-93 season, where he put up 80 goals and 306 points in 564 games. The former Norris Trophy winner finished his career with 148 goals and 647 points in 1,055 total games played.
After playing his 10 seasons with the Jets, Carlyle moved into a coaching role, sticking with the Jets until the team moved south to Arizona. He then coached the Moose from 1996-2002, and from 2004-05, while bouncing around the NHL with Washington, Anaheim and Toronto. His most recent coaching stint came with the Ducks from 2016-19. He holds a 475-334-115 record in 924 career games as an NHL head coach.
Steen, 59, played for the Jets for 14 seasons, from his rookie year in 1981-82 to his retirement from NHL play in 1994-95, racking up 264 goals and 817 points in 950 career games – all with Winnipeg.
Following his time in the NHL, Steen moved back to his native Sweden and played in the DEL for four years with the Frankfurt Lions and Eisbaren Berlin. Steen then moved back to Winnipeg where he served as an AHL scout, before testing the waters in the political field. He began his political career in 2007, before pulling the plug after being defeated as City Councillor in 2014, following a four-year term in the Elmwood/East Kildonan ward.
Winnipeg will wear its alternate Heritage Adidas sweaters for the third and final time during the annual Alumni Game, providing fans in attendance with a ‘trip down memory lane’ as the game sweaters will depict the logo that the club featured on its sweaters from 1979-1990.
True North established the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame in 2016 to honour the accomplishments of notable Jets’ alumni, while celebrating “the rich history of the franchise and its impact on the city.”