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A Milestone Season: Paul Maurice's Year in Quotes

by Mitchell Clinton (@MClinton007) / Winnipeg Jets


On Game 4 vs. Anaheim

"You're not going to get that on a regular season game, but we get it better than anybody else. I do believe, and I'll say this just as much from talking to people on the street — people that come up to you and talk about your hockey team — that they did appreciate the effort. We're going to try and make things better for next year, beyond our effort. But there was an appreciation there and the
fans showed it."

On Game 3 vs. Anaheim – The first home playoff game at MTS Centre

"The energy in the building, that's as good of a building as I've ever seen in my life. And we had good jump and good legs because of it."

On clinching a playoff spot after Game 81 of the regular season in Colorado

There have been two or three times over the course of the year, especially lately, when we've faced some pretty significant adversity. With Byfuglien and Little going down for a significant period of time… We lost those two games last week, and it was so painful, the thought that group could work as hard as they did and overcome as much as they did, and the idea you wouldn't get the pay off for it, just seemed wrong. I'm happy for them. They earned it, and did all the right things. Hung in there when it was dark and ugly, battled through injuries, played in the toughest division in hockey, they earned it.

It's been a pleasure for me to work behind the bench. The leadership in that room is absolutely spectacular. All of them at different times, played with injury. It's been an enjoyable year to come to the rink every day because they were going to work as hard as they could. Every time they got knocked down, they got backed up. For me, and our whole staff, we just really enjoyed the year.

I ran into a couple who had flown down for the game, and they were more nervous than the players and I were. They were just beside themselves with fear and anxiety going into the St. Louis game, so for all those people back home, it's a great night for them.

On his 500th win (an 8-2 win over Florida, January 13, 2015)

I've been really fortunate. To be here, a place where you feel really comfortable and the guys compete so hard you get to enjoy it. Mr. Karmanos and Jim Rutherford are the two biggest influences on me getting an opportunity to coach as young as I did, and staying with me. That's really where my thoughts are now. An appreciation for the faith, the support, and letting me learn my job on the job, which you just don't get to do in the NHL. Those two guys are the reason I'm here at 500 today. Then every other guy, I wear a suit to the rink. Never blocked a shot, never scored a goal, but I feel honoured to be in this league that long.

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