Claude Noël

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Claude Noël
Born (1955-10-31) October 31, 1955 (age 59)
Kirkland Lake, ON, CAN
Current position Head Coach
Current team Vancouver Giants
Previous team(s) Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Milwaukee Admirals (AHL/IHL)
Toledo Storm (ECHL)
Michigan K-Wings (IHL)
Dayton Bombers (ECHL)
Roanoke Valley Rebels (ECHL)
Stanley Cup wins 0
Years as NHL player 0
Years as a coach 20
Years as an NHL coach 3
Years with current team 2

Claude Noël (born October 31, 1955 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and the former head coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. Prior to joining Winnipeg, he was head coach of the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Noël also served as an assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2007 to 2010 and 24 games as interim head coach after Ken Hitchcock was relieved of the head coaching duties.

Playing career[edit]

Noël was undrafted after playing 1974–75 with the Kitchener Rangers, but he was signed as a professional with the Buffalo Norsemen of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), starting a long minor league playing career. The next season he moved up to the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hershey Bears. He stayed with the Bears until 1981, earning one call-up to the Washington Capitals in the 1979–80 season of seven games. After Hershey he played with several teams in the International Hockey League: Toledo Goaldiggers, Kalamazoo Wings and Milwaukee Admirals before retiring in 1988. While with the Buffalo Norsemen, his team ended up involved in what is now considered to be an infamous pre game brawl with the Johnstown Jets. The events of this brawl and subsequent forfeited game would form the basis of a memorable scene between the Charleston Chiefs and the Peterboro Patriots in the cult film Slap Shot. Claude Noel confirmed that he was on the ice for that event during a press conference on November 16, 2011.

Coaching career[edit]

After his professional playing career, Noël moved into coaching. He began in the East Coast Hockey League, spending one season as head coach of the Roanoke Valley Rebels then two seasons as head coach of the Dayton Bombers. Noël moved to the International Hockey League's Kalamazoo Wings (later the renamed the Michigan K-Wings), spending two seasons as assistant coach and two seasons as head coach. From there, Noël moved on to take an assistant coaching job with the Milwaukee Admirals also of the IHL and later the American Hockey League. After three seasons in Milwaukee, Noël went back to the ECHL for one season as the head coach of the Toledo Storm.

In 2003, Noël returned to the Admirals as head coach. In his first season, the Admirals won the Calder Cup. Noël was awarded the Louis A. Pieri Memorial Award as Coach of the Year. Noël spent three more seasons in Milwaukee, leading the team to winning record each season.

In 2007, Noël was hired by Ken Hitchcock and the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach. On February 3, 2010, Noël was named interim head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, after Ken Hitchcock was relieved of his coaching duties. The team went 10–8–6 under Noël, but his contract was not renewed at the end of the season.

On June 18, 2010, Noël was offered the head coaching position for the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.[1] Noël was officially introduced to the media as the new head coach of the Manitoba Moose on June 21, 2010.[2] Coincidentally, Columbus hired Scott Arniel, Manitoba's former coach, for the head coach job in Columbus.

The return of the NHL to Winnipeg forced the Moose to relocate in June 2011. True North Sports and Entertainment, owners of both the new Winnipeg NHL team and the Moose, received permission from the Canucks to interview Noël for their vacant head coaching job. On June 24, Noël was named the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.[3][4] He was fired on January 12, 2014 and replaced by former Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.[5]

On November 30, 2014, Noël was announced as the head coach of the WHL Vancouver Giants.[6]

Personal[edit]

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Noël was raised in Virginiatown and North Bay. He and his wife have two grown sons, Chris and Sheldon.

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost OT/SO Points Finish Won Lost Result
CBJ 2009-10 24 10 8 6 (26) 5th in Central Division - - Missed Playoffs
WPG 2011-12 82 37 35 10 84 4th in Southeast Division - - Missed Playoffs
WPG 2012-13 48 24 21 3 51 2nd in Southeast Division - - Missed Playoffs
WPG 2013-14 47 19 23 5 (43) (fired) - - (fired)
Total 201 90 87 24 .507 0 Division
Championships
0 0 0 Stanley Cups

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawless, Gary (2010-06-18). "Moose offer coaching job to Noel". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  2. ^ Lawless, Gary (2010-06-21). "REPLAY: Moose announce new coach". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  3. ^ Wiebe, Ken (2011-06-23). "Noel to be named Winnipeg NHL head coach". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  4. ^ "Noel named as Winnipeg Head Coach". Noel named as Winnipeg Head Coach. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  5. ^ Tait, Ed (2014-01-12). "Jets fire Noel, hire Paul Maurice". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  6. ^ Frapp, A (2014-11-30). "WHL's Vancouver Giants hire Claude Noel as head coach". CBC.ca. 

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Preceded by
Ken Hitchcock
Head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
2010 (interim)
Succeeded by
Scott Arniel
Preceded by
Craig Ramsay
(Atlanta Thrashers)
Head coach of the Winnipeg Jets
2011–14
Succeeded by
Paul Maurice
Preceded by
Scott Arniel
Head Coaches of the Manitoba Moose
2010–11
Succeeded by
Keith McCambridge
(St. John's IceCaps)