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Winnipeg Jets' hometown thrilled by long-delayed return to playoffs
Winnipeg Jets' hometown thrilled by long-delayed return to playoffs

Not only is Paul Maurice a playoff-bound hockey coach, he also happens to be the teacher/caretaker of a beloved civic treasure, the Winnipeg Jets. And the proud helicopter moms and dads are figuratively peering over his shoulder on the eve of the city's first playoff series in 19 years. The franchise relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season. Winnipeg, the eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference, plays No. 1 Anaheim on Thursday night in the opening round of the playoffs at Honda Center. "They lost their team," Maurice said, referring to a previous Jets franchise that left for Arizona in 1996, "and it came back to them. It's a little bit...

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