April 17, 2019 2:09 pm
Updated: April 18, 2019 8:44 am

So, who is Kyle Connor? Rising Winnipeg Jets star nets five points in four playoff games – so far

Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Connor celebrates after scoring as St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly (90) skates in the background during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in St. Louis. The Jets won 6-3.

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The man piloting the Jets this post-season is a 22-year-old forward who has a team-high five points in four playoff games.

So just who the heck is Kyle Connor?

The young man was drafted 17th overall in 2015. Now, the Michigan product is a rising superstar for the Winnipeg Jets’ latest playoff run.

If you stayed awake to watch the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime Tuesday night, you saw this moment:

Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) falls over St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) as Connor scores during overtime in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in St. Louis. The Jets won 2-1 to even the series 2-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

And here it is in GIF form:

But Connor stayed humble about the OT winning goal.

“We just stuck with it, fought the whole game,” he said of the win. “It’s exciting, we’re ready to go home.”

A few facts about Connor:

  • The Jets landed Connor, a left-winger, in the first round in 2015
  • He spent only one season in school with his hometown University of Michigan Wolverines before turning pro
  • Connor split his first two years between the Jets and the Manitoba Moose in the AHL
  • This past season marked his first full year, netting him 34 goals and 32 assists in 82 games

Over the past season, Connor’s popularity has grown, especially thanks to a cheeky chicken meme floating around on social media.

If you’ve wondered what the KFC chant means, it’s Kyle Connor’s name … along with a certain swear word in the middle. Or you can substitute ‘freakin’ if you prefer to keep it non-greasy.

The team, players and fans have run with the joke.

 

There are even T-shirts for sale:

The Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connors immortalized on a t-shirt, because Winnipeggers are weird like that.

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No matter what, fans will have at least two more games to watch KFC score.

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