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Jets extend contract of Paul Maurice

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce today they have agreed to terms with Head Coach Paul Maurice on a multi-year contract extension.

Maurice, 50, joined the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 12, 2014 and has accumulated a 136-112-33 record in 281 games. Maurice, who coached in his 1,300th NHL game on Nov. 13, 2016, has earned a career NHL coaching record of 596-569-200 after 1,365 games between the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets. He has also coached in 53 NHL postseason contests and owns a record of 25-28.

In 2014-15, Maurice became the second-youngest NHL coach to earn 500 wins with the Jets 8-2 victory over Florida on Jan. 13, 2015. He also guided the Jets to a career-high 43 wins during the 2014-15 campaign as they made the Stanley Cup playoffs. On Nov. 28, 2010, Maurice became the 19th coach, and the youngest in history, to coach 1,000 NHL games. He is currently 11th on the all-time list in terms of most games coached (1,365 games) in the NHL and needs only 22 more games to pass Mike Keenan into the top 10. He is 16th in terms of most wins by a coach (596 wins) in the history of the NHL. Amongst active coaches currently in the league, he is fifth in wins and fourth in games coached.

In his first head coaching stint with the Hurricanes, Maurice guided Carolina to the 2002 Eastern Conference title and two Southeast Division crowns as well as four consecutive winning seasons from 1998-2002. On March 16, 2010, he became just the 10th coach in NHL history to spend more than 800 games behind the bench for one franchise. Prior to re-joining the Hurricanes, the Sault Ste. Marie, ON native collected a record of 76-66-22 during two full seasons as Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006-08.

Prior to moving to the NHL level during the summer of 1995 as an Assistant Coach with the Whalers, Maurice spent two seasons as Head Coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Detroit Jr. Red Wings. While in Detroit, he compiled a regular-season record of 86-38-8 and led the team to the 1995 OHL Championship and an appearance in the Memorial Cup in Kamloops, B.C. That season, he finished second in voting to Guelph's Craig Hartsburg for the Matt Leyden Trophy, which is annually awarded to the OHL's Coach of the Year.

Maurice played his junior hockey with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires (1984-1988). He was Philadelphia's 12th choice, 252nd overall, in the 1985 NHL entry draft. Maurice had his career cut short due to an eye injury, and began coaching as an assistant with the Jr. Red Wings shortly thereafter.

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