Winnipeg Jets – Let the chaos begin. The original Winnipeg Jets was the team that moved to Phoenix in 1996 and became the Phoenix Coyotes. The “new” Winnipeg Jets are actually the Atlanta Thrashers — yes, hockey team movement can become confusing and irritating, not to mention heartbreaking for fans. The team history for the “old” Jets actually resides with the Phoenix Coyotes and the “new” Jets retain the history associated with the Atlanta Thrashers. Thus the confusion and irritation for Winnipeg Jets fans and players, both old and new. For more on this topic read Stu Hackel’s nice summary of this mess Where does the history of the Jet’s reside?