WINNIPEG, February 12, 2020 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with head coach Paul Maurice on a multi-year contract extension.
Maurice, 53, joined the Jets on Jan. 12, 2014 and has led the club to a 264-186-53 regular season record in that time. The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. guided Winnipeg to three playoff berths and an 11-16 postseason record in his first five full seasons at the helm, punctuated by a trip to the Western Conference Final in 2018.
Maurice, who coached his 700th NHL win on Oct. 20, 2019 and his 1,500th NHL game on Feb. 5, 2019, has earned a career NHL coaching record of 724-643-220 in 22 seasons with the Jets, Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He currently sits sixth in NHL history for games coached (1587) and seventh for wins (724). Amongst active coaches currently in the league, he is third in both wins and games coached. Maurice's 502 games with the Jets trails only Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper for the most games by an active coach with their current club.
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. Prior to re-joining the Hurricanes, he 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.