The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce the club has re-signed assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Pascal Vincent along with goaltending coach Wade Flaherty to three year contracts.
The Jets have also announced that Rick St. Croix will be the organization’s new developmental goaltending coach, working with the team’s goaltending prospects.
Charlie Huddy rejoins the Winnipeg Jets for his fifth season as assistant coach with the club. Huddy has been an assistant coach in the NHL for the past 16 seasons with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and most currently, the Jets. After an 18-year NHL career as a defenseman, and a winner of five Stanley Cups, Huddy is using his depth of knowledge and experience to lead the Jets defence core.
Pascal Vincent enters his fifth season with the Winnipeg Jets in his role as assistant coach. Prior to his time with the Jets, Vincent was a head coach in the QMJHL for 12 seasons with the Montréal Juniors and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Vincent coached the Juniors to the second-best record in the QMJHL at 46-12-10 in 2010-11. Vincent has an all-time QMJHL head coaching record of 429-313-87 along with nine playoff series wins and was the recipient of the Ron Lapointe Trophy as the top coach in the QMJHL following the 2007-08 season.
Wade Flaherty will begin his fifth season with the Winnipeg Jets as the team’s goaltending coach. Flaherty came to Winnipeg following three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks as developmental goaltending coach. The Terrace, BC native ended his playing career in 2008 after 19 seasons of professional hockey between the pipes. During his pro career, Flaherty played in the IHL, ECHL, AHL, and NHL, including 120 games between the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators. Flaherty spent three seasons as a goaltender with the Manitoba Moose from 2004-07.
Rick St. Croix bring 18 years of professional coaching experience to the Moose, a team in which he spent eight seasons as goaltending and assistant coach. After his playing career, St. Croix was an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets from 1987-89 before being named goaltending coach in Dallas from 1998-2003, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999. St. Croix then returned to Winnipeg to work with the Manitoba Moose from 2003-11 and spent the 2011-12 season with the St. John’s IceCaps after the return of the Jets to Winnipeg. St. Croix then was named goaltending coach for the Maple Leafs in 2012 and worked three seasons in Toronto.