Paul Maurice

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Paul Maurice
Born (1967-01-30) January 30, 1967 (age 47)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Current position Head coach
Current team Winnipeg Jets
Previous team(s) Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Carolina Hurricanes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Hartford Whalers
Toronto Marlies
Detroit Jr. Red Wings
Detroit Ambassadors
Windsor Spitfires
Years as a coach 1988 - Present
Years as an NHL coach 1995 - Present

Paul Maurice (born January 30, 1967) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player and current head coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. At age 43, Maurice became the youngest coach in NHL history to coach 1,000 games. Maurice reached this milestone on November 28, 2010.[1] Originally a defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Maurice's playing career ended after an eye injury. Maurice formerly coached the Hartford Whalers/Hurricanes franchise from 1995–2003 and the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006–2008. On December 3, 2008, Maurice was re-hired by the Hurricanes after the firing of Peter Laviolette, who had replaced him in 2003. On November 28, 2011 the Carolina Hurricanes announced that he had been fired for a second time.

Playing career[edit]

Maurice was the Philadelphia Flyers' 12th choice, 252nd overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, five spots after former Maple Leafs Vice-President and General Manager John Ferguson, Jr. was taken by the Montreal Canadiens.

In 1985, Paul played defense for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. He was struck in the eye by a puck, which had ricocheted off his stick, during a charity hockey game in which he was participating. He still has a blind spot and suffers fuzziness on the right side of his field of vision. When goalie Pat Jablonski was sent down by the St. Louis Blues, the Windsor Spitfires were therefore in excess number of players. At this point he was given the option by team owner Peter Karmanos to be traded or step behind the bench. He thus began his coaching career with the Detroit Junior Red Wings (a team Karmanos operated) of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 1993 to 1995, leading the team to the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a second place finish in Memorial Cup in 1995.


GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/– = Plus/minus; PP = Powerplay goals; SH = Shorthanded goals; GW = Game-winning goals

Regular season Playoffs
Season[2] Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/– PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Windsor Compuware Spitfires OHL 38 0 3 3 47 4 0 0 0 19
1985–86 Windsor Compuware Spitfires OHL 56 3 10 13 89 16 0 2 2 8
1986–87 Windsor Compuware Spitfires OHL 63 4 15 19 87 14 2 1 3 18
1987–88 Windsor Compuware Spitfires OHL 32 1 4 5 33
Career OHL 189 8 32 40 256 34 2 3 5 55

Coaching career[edit]

After Peter Karmanos purchased the Hartford Whalers, Maurice followed Karmanos to coach the Whalers (later the Carolina Hurricanes) of the NHL in 1995, at the age of 28. Maurice maintained the distinction of the league's youngest head coach until the Boston Bruins hired Mike Sullivan on June 23, 2003.[3] The high point of his NHL career came in the 2001–02 NHL season, when the Hurricanes reached the Stanley Cup finals, losing to the Detroit Red Wings. After coaching 604 regular season games, he was let go by the Hurricanes in 2003 when the team started the first 20 games 8–12. Under Maurice the Hurricanes achieved three winning seasons from 1998–2002.

On June 24, 2005, he was hired to coach the Toronto Marlies, after the team had relocated from St. John's, Newfoundland. In the 2005–06 season, the Marlies qualified for fourth playoff spot in their division. They were subsequently eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first round.

Maurice reached several coaching milestones during his first season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, registering a career-high in wins (40) and points percentage (.555). He also earned his 300th NHL victory March 6, 2007 versus Washington and coached his 750th NHL game March 27, 2007 versus Carolina.

On May 7, 2008, Maurice was fired by interim Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher, after missing the playoffs for two seasons in a row.[4]

On December 3, 2008, Maurice was re-hired by the Hurricanes, selected to take over for Peter Laviolette (for whom Maurice had been fired five years prior) as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

On November 28, 2010, at age 43, Maurice became the youngest person to reach 1,000 NHL games coached.

Maurice was fired by the Hurricanes for a second time on November 28, 2011, after the team began the season with a record of 8-13-4.

Maurice was named head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League on June 8, 2012. Maurice guided Metallurg to a 3rd place finish in the Kharlamov Division before they were eliminated by Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the Conference Quarterfinals. He was offered a two-year contract extension, which he declined in order to return to North America to be closer to his family.[5]

Maurice was named head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on January 12, 2014.[6]

Coaching record[edit]

Updated with results including April 12, 2014

Team Year League Role Regular Season[7][8] Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Pts% Finish W L Win % Result
Windsor Compuware Spitfires 1988–89 OHL Assistant
Windsor Spitfires 1989–90 OHL Assistant
Detroit Compuware Ambassadors 1990–91 OHL Assistant
1991–92 OHL Assistant
Detroit Junior Red Wings 1992–93 OHL Assistant
1993–94 OHL Head 66 42 20 4 0 88 .667 1st in Emms 11 5 .688 Lost in Finals
1994–95 OHL Head 66 44 18 4 0 92 .697 1st in West 16 2 .889 Won Championship
Hartford Whalers 1995–96 NHL Head 70 29 33 8 66 .471 5th in Northeast Missed Playoffs
1996–97 NHL Head 82 32 39 11 75 .457 5th in Northeast Missed Playoffs
Carolina Hurricanes 1997–98 NHL Head 82 33 41 8 74 .451 6th in Northeast Missed Playoffs
1998–99 NHL Head 82 34 30 18 86 .524 1st in Southeast 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals
1999–2000 NHL Head 82 37 35 10 0 84 .512 3rd in Southeast Missed Playoffs
2000–01 NHL Head 82 38 32 9 3 88 .537 2nd in Southeast 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals
2001–02 NHL Head 82 35 26 16 5 91 .555 1st in Southeast 13 10 .565 Conference champions, Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
2002–03 NHL Head 82 22 43 11 6 61 .372 5th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
2003–04 NHL Head 30 8 12 8 2 26 .433 Replaced mid-season
Toronto Marlies 2005–06 AHL Head 80 41 29 10 92 .575 4th in North 0 4 .000 Lost in first round
Toronto Maple Leafs 2006–07 NHL Head 82 40 31 11 91 .555 3rd in Northeast Missed Playoffs
2007–08 NHL Head 82 36 35 11 83 .506 5th in Northeast Missed Playoffs
Carolina Hurricanes 2008–09 NHL Head 57 33 19 5 71 .623 2nd in Southeast 8 10 .444 Lost in Conference Finals
2009–10 NHL Head 82 35 37 10 80 .488 3rd in Southeast Missed Playoffs
2010–11 NHL Head 82 40 31 11 91 .555 3rd in Southeast Missed Playoffs
2011–12 NHL Head 25 8 13 4 20 .400 Replaced mid-season
Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2012–13 KHL Head 52 27 13 0 12 93 .596 3rd in Kharlamov 3 4 .428 Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals
Winnipeg Jets 2013–14 NHL Head 35 18 12 5 41 .586 7th in Central Missed Playoffs
Hartford/Carolina NHL Head 920 384 391 99 46 913 .496 25 28 .472 4 Playoff Appearances
Toronto total NHL Head 164 76 66 22 174 .530 0 Playoff Appearances
Winnipeg total NHL Head 35 18 12 5 41 .586 0 Playoff Appearances
Total - KHL KHL Head 52 27 13 0 12 93 .596 3 4 .428 1 Playoff Appearance
Total - NHL NHL Head 1119 478 469 99 73 1128 .504 25 28 .472 4 Playoff Appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carolina Hurricances at Washington Capitals game recap". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paul Maurice Hockey Statistics". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Paul Maurice Bio". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Maple Leafs fire head coach Paul Maurice". TSN. May 7, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice talks about his time in Russia". Toronto Star. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Winnipeg Jets fire Claude Noel, hire Paul Maurice". The Globe and Mail. January 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Paul Maurice". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Paul Maurice". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

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