The Winnipeg Jets announced on Friday, July 22, 2011 the hiring of Pascal Vincent as Assistant Coach.
Vincent has been a Head Coach in the QMJHL for the past 12 seasons with the Montreal Juniors and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Last season, Vincent coached the Montreal Juniors to the second best record in the QMJHL at 46-12-10. The Laval, PQ began his QMJHL coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Saint-Jean Lynx in 1994-95 before coaching Laval of the Quebec AAA Midget Hockey League. He rejoined the QMJHL as an Assistant Coach with the Screaming Eagles in 1999 and became Head Coach of the team during the 1999-00 season. Vincent has an all-time QMJHL head coaching record of 429-313-87 along with nine playoff series wins. He was the recipient of the Ron Lapointe Trophy as the top coach in the QMJHL following the 2007-08 season. That year, the Screaming Eagles finished with a record of 40-24-6 and reached the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.
Vincent has also been the General Manager of his teams in Montreal and Cape Breton. He earned the Maurice Filion Trophy in 2007 as the top General Manager in the QMJHL following a season in which Cape Breton finished with a record of 46-22-2 and reached the third round of the playoffs backstopped by current Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
In Vincent’s playing career, he played centre for four seasons in the QMJHL with the St. Jean Beavers, St. Jean Lynx, Laval Titan, and Verdun College-Francais. Vincent won the Molson Cup as the QMJHL champion with Verdun in 1991-92. He also played one season in the ECHL with the Knoxville Cherokees in 1992-93.