EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPS SIGN COACHING STAFF
RALEIGH, NC (June 18, 2002)
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– Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes announced today that the team has signed head coach Paul Maurice and assistant coaches Kevin McCarthy and Randy Ladouceur to multi-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not released.
“Paul has done an outstanding job and is very deserving of this new contract,” said Rutherford. “His records over the last four seasons and in this year’s playoffs prove that he is capable of leading our team for years to come. Randy and Kevin are important parts of that success as well and we feel confident that they will continue to help this team reach its ultimate goal.”
Maurice, 35, completed his seventh season as the team’s head coach in 2001-02. He ranks first in franchise history in regular season wins (238), games coached (562), playoff wins (17) and playoff games coached (35). Maurice became the first coach in franchise history to capture a conference title when the Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games to win the Eastern Conference crown. He was the sixth-youngest coach in NHL history to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Maurice led the team to the Southeast Division title in 1999 and 2002. He has led Carolina to four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history - compiling a record of 144-123-53-8 over that span. Maurice became the 10th coach in the history of the franchise on Nov. 6, 1995, just 12 games into the 1995-96 season. Born on Jan. 30, 1967, he stepped in as the youngest coach in the National Hockey League. He remains the youngest NHL coach despite now ranking first among NHL coaches in tenure with the same club following the retirement of Detroit’s Scotty Bowman.
McCarthy recently completed his 10th season with the franchise. McCarthy, a former NHL defenseman, finished his sixth season as an assistant coach after spending four years as the head coach of the Hurricanes’ top American Hockey League affiliates. McCarthy's teams posted a 156-123-36 combined record, which ranks second-best in franchise history for an AHL affiliate. Prior to his appointment as the organization's top farm team’s head coach, McCarthy served three seasons as an assistant coach for the Hartford Whalers. McCarthy played 10 seasons in the NHL with Philadelphia, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. He totaled 258 points in 537 games, scoring 67 goals and 191 assists.
Ladouceur completed his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Hurricanes. A veteran of 17 NHL seasons, Ladouceur played in 930 NHL games, collecting 30 goals and 126 assists for 156 points and 1,322 penalty minutes. Ladouceur finished his career with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, where he served as team captain for the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Prior to Anaheim, Ladouceur played six-plus seasons for the Hartford Whalers. Ladouceur appeared in 452 games with Hartford and registered 12 goals and 43 assists for 55 points. In the 1991-92 season, Ladouceur served as team captain.