The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce today the hiring of Perry Pearn as Assistant Coach.
Pearn will join Head Coach Claude Noel and the rest of the Jets coaching staff which includes Charlie Huddy, Pascal Vincent, Wade Flaherty and Tony Borgford.
Pearn, 61, has been an Assistant Coach in the National Hockey League for the past 16 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. Most recently, Pearn spent the last three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens coaching alongside Jacques Martin. Prior to that, he spent five seasons as an Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers. He also worked as an assistant to Jacques Martin with the Ottawa Senators from 1996-2004. His NHL career got underway in 1995-96 as an assistant to Terry Simpson with the Winnipeg Jets, after serving in various capacities for almost two decades at the university level, in the Western Hockey League and with Hockey Canada.
He began his international coaching career in 1986 when he was named an Assistant Coach for Team Canada’s Under-18 team. He served as an Assistant Coach for the Canadian National Junior Team that captured gold at the 1990 and 1991 World Junior Championships. In 1993 he earned the position of Head Coach leading Canada to another gold medal at the World Junior Championships.
From 1978 to 1993, Pearn served as the Head Coach of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) of the Canadian College Athletic Association. Under his guidance, NAIT won six CCHA National Championships. Pearn was voted as CCHA Coach of the Year in 1983-84 and earned provincial Coach of the Year credits on five occasions. Before climbing to the NHL, Pearn held the head coaching position of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers during the 1993-94 season.