Paul Jerrard

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Paul Jerrard
Born (1965-04-20) April 20, 1965 (age 49)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Minnesota North Stars
IHL
Colorado Rangers
Denver Rangers
Kalamazoo Wings
Albany Choppers
Milwaukee Admirals
Fort Wayne Komets
AHL
Hershey Bears
NHL Draft 173rd Overall, 1983
New York Rangers
Playing career 1987–1997

Paul C. Jerrard (born April 20, 1965 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played one season in the National Hockey League for the Minnesota North Stars.

Jerrard was an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars until he was fired in May 2013. He began that role during the 2011–12 NHL season. He was previously a coach for the Stars AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

Playing career[edit]

Jerrard was drafted in the 9th Round of the 1983 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan, a famous hockey school in Canada. After being drafted by the New York Rangers, he left Canada to play college hockey at Lake Superior State University, where he played all 4 seasons for the Lakers.

After graduating from LSSU, he joined the Colorado Rangers of the IHL. He would be traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, who he would play 5 games for in the 1988–89 NHL season. After this brief stint on the NHL, he would remain in the minors for the rest of his career, ending it with the Hershey Bears in 1997.

Coaching career[edit]

Jerrard began his coaching career with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL in 1998.[1] After coaching one season, he joined his alma mater's Lake Superior State University hockey team. He spent four seasons with the Lakers before joining the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach. He left the next year for the Hershey Bears, where he stayed for 2 years before returning to the former Minnesota North Stars organization.

He remained with the Iowa Stars as an assistant coach before leaving in 2008. He rejoined the Dallas Stars organization in 2009 for the newly created Texas Stars, where he coached under Glen Gulutzan. When Gulutzan was promoted to become the coach of the Dallas Stars, he brought Jerrard with him.

On 14 May 2013, Gulutzan and Jerrard were fired.[2]

On 12 August 2013, Jerrard was hired by the Vancouver Canucks to be assistant coach of their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.

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