Jets reminisce on last championship, 35 years ago

Joe Daley remembers the 1978-79 Jets were a divided bunch until Tom McVie came in and set everybody...

Joe Daley remembers the 1978-79 Jets were a divided bunch until Tom McVie came in and set everybody straight on the way to an Avco Cup Championship.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

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Eva Lukowich remembers the party at defenceman Kim Clackson’s house. It’s not often an 18-year-old gets to party with a championship hockey team.

The man she’d marry, Morris Lukowich, recalls the feeling of picking up the AVCO Trophy and hoisting it over his head in front of the delirious Winnipeg crowd.

The coach, Tommy McVie, will never forget the parade down Portage Avenue, how he sat in the back of a convertible on a beautiful spring day, next to his childhood buddy, John Ferguson, thinking he’d died and gone to heaven.

“He just about saved my life,” McVie recalled in an interview with the Winnipeg Sun, Friday. “Because I was sure going nowhere.”

On that day, he was going somewhere. To the corner of Portage and Main, where he’d take part in a celebration they’d still be talking about 35 years later.

Partly because it hasn’t happened since.

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The 1978-79 Winnipeg Jets began the season looking like anything but defending WHA champions,


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