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road to that title for Heisinger. After being deemed too small to be a player, in the 1980s he switched to becoming an equip- ment manager, first in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and then the Western Hockey League. In 1990, Heisinger made the jump to the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, starting out as an assistant equipment manager, then later, becoming the head equipment manager in 1992. Heisinger still gushes when asked about his time as an equipment manager, and he laughed when asked if he had ever imagined one day being the Senior Vice President of an NHL franchise. “No, probably not. For me, and much to the chagrin of my


parents, the end goal was always to be the equipment man- ager for the Winnipeg Jets. I achieved that and I was very


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happy doing that, but I never imagined how far it would go.” While opportunities to relocate with teams have frequently


come up, Heisinger has found a way to stay in Winnipeg. “Te decisions haven’t been difficult, and timing has also


played a role. One of my first hockey jobs was with the Winnipeg Warriors of the Western Hockey League as their equipment manager. When they relocated to Moose Jaw, the options were move with them to Saskatchewan or stay in Manitoba and work with the Brandon Wheat Kings, which I did. Tat decision to stay in Manitoba was easy. Later on, when the first Jets team relocated to Phoenix, I had four chil- dren under the age of four and wasn’t about to uproot my family.”


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