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Sault native hired to coach NHL's Winnipeg Jets

Sunday, January 12, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Winnipeg Jets have hired Sault Ste. Marie native Paul Maurice as their new head coach.

News broke this morning that the Jets had fired Claude Noel after two seasons with the organization.

Noel joined the Jets when the team moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 season. In just over two seasons with the team, Noel had a record of 80-70-18.

Maurice, who has coached 14 NHL seasons split between the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, has a career record of 460-457-167.

Maurice is expected to be on the ice for the Jets morning skate on Monday.

“I'm thrilled to be joining a first class organization in Winnipeg and very happy to be back on an NHL bench. Can't wait,” Maurice told TSN.

The Jets are currently 10 points back of a playoff spot and have lost five games in a row. Their record sits at 19-23-5.

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sportsman 1/12/2014 12:15:15 PM Report

Good luck Paul h0pe you do well there.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/12/2014 12:23:26 PM Report

Leaf's #1!
flyhawk25 1/12/2014 12:32:00 PM Report

Good stuff. Hope he goes to Thorburn's for real SSM pasta.
BIG BROTHER 1/12/2014 12:32:07 PM Report

Tag....Leafs #11...likely not so high in the standings.

Congrats Paul.
la_kid555 1/12/2014 1:25:01 PM Report

Great to see Paul back behind the bench. Here's hoping his hockey intelligence, and great sense of humour can turn things around in Winnipeg. Good luck Paul!
jojoe71 1/12/2014 1:27:05 PM Report

I wonder if the term " fired " is as bad in the hockey world as it is in the regular working world. When ever you hear of someone getting fired it's always a bad thing like maybe you got caught stealing . IT must be hard to put out a resume and list reason for looking for another job....I was fired. So who wants to hire a coach with that resume? I think they should use a different word.
tuffy1 1/12/2014 3:25:50 PM Report

The coach of Winnipeg was not fired.
He was relieved of his duties.
He will still receive his pay
until the end of his contract
swirlbird20 1/12/2014 5:30:05 PM Report

Any coach who is "relieved of his duties" gets paid until the end of his contract. Whether you call it FIRED or otherwise.
sinikka 1/12/2014 8:41:43 PM Report

Congrats to local coach paul Maurice. However was the firing warranted. Look at the winnepeg roster and you will see that the best coach could not have done better. We will see what Maurice is able to do with the same roster. In my opinion claude noel over achieved with this squad.
Sam C 1/12/2014 9:54:32 PM Report

jojoe... typically, in sports, it is a result of a lacklustre performance by the team. While it may not be the coaches fault, it's easier and cheaper to replace the coach than it is to replace players.
maltese 1/14/2014 7:11:50 AM Report

Congratulations Paul! I know you will do an excellent job.
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