When Pascal Vincent got a call asking if he'd like to interview with the Winnipeg Jets
for an assistant coaching vacancy, the 39-year-old was more than surprised.
He didn't know new coach Claude Noel
and he didn't know General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff
. In fact, Vincent's only connection to the Winnipeg organization was that he coached current Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec
for two years in the QMHL.
"In this business, like in every business I guess, it's people you know," Vincent said in a conference call Friday afternoon. "I know a lot of people in the NHL but I didn't know Claude, didn't know Mr. Cheveldayoff, didn't know anyone, actually. So that's why I was quite surprised. But it's a small world at the same time and those people were looking for a young, dynamic coach."