January 30, 1967 |
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
|Current position||Head coach|
|Current team||Winnipeg Jets|
|Previous team(s)||Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Jr. Red Wings
|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. 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.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Coaching career
- 2.1 Windsor Spitfires (1987-1990)
- 2.2 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors/Detroit Jr. Red Wings (1990-1995)
- 2.3 Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes (1995-2004)
- 2.4 Toronto Marlies (2005-2006)
- 2.5 Toronto Maple Leafs (2006-2008)
- 2.6 Carolina Hurricanes (2008-2012)
- 2.7 Metallurg Magnitogorsk (2012-2013)
- 2.8 Winnipeg Jets (2013-present)
- 3 Coaching record
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Windsor Spitfires (1984-1988)
Maurice began playing with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL in 1984-85, appearing in 38 games with the club, earning three assists. He was held off the scoresheet in four playoff games, as Windsor was swept by the London Knights in the first round. After his rookie season, Maurice was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 12th round, 252nd overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.
Maurice saw increased playing time with the Spitfires in 1985-86, playing in 56 games, scoring three goals and 13 points, helping the club reach the post-season once again. In 16 playoff games, Maurice had two assists, as Windsor lost in the Emms Division finals to the Guelph Platers in six games.
He continued to improve as a player with Windsor in the 1986-87 season, as Maurice appeared in 63 games, scoring four goals and 19 points. The Spitfires would again make the post-season, and in 14 games, Maurice had two goals and three points, as Windsor lost to the North Bay Centennials in the division finals.
Maurice began the 1987-88 season playing with the Spitfires, and in 32 games, he had a goal and five points. He suffered an eye injury after the puck ricocheted off his stick during a charity hockey game that he was participating in. He still has a blind spot and suffers fuzziness on the right side of his vision. When goaltender Pat Jablonski was sent down to the Spitfires by the St. Louis Blues, the club had too many players. At this point, Maurice was given the option by team owner Peter Karmanos to be traded, or step behind the bench as an assistant coach. Maurice decided to retire from hockey, and focus on coaching.
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/– = Plus/minus; PP = Powerplay goals; SH = Shorthanded goals; GW = Game-winning goals
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Windsor Spitfires (1987-1990)
Maurice began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL after he retired as a player due to an eye injury. He began working under head coach Tom Webster. The Spitfires finished the 1987-88 season with the best record in the league, going 50-14-2. In the playoffs, Windsor swept the Kitchener Rangers, Hamilton Steelhawks and Peterborough Petes to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup and earn a berth in the 1988 Memorial Cup. In the round-robin portion of the tournament, the Spitfires went 3-0, outscoring the opposition 18-9, and clinched a position in the Memorial Cup final. In the final game, the Spitfires were upset by the Medicine Hat Tigers, losing 7-6.
Maurice spent his first full season with the club in 1988-89, as the rebuilding club struggled to a 25-37-4 record, earning 54 points, however, the team reached the playoffs. In the first round of the post-season, the Spitfires were swept by the Niagara Falls Thunder in four games.
The rebuilding Spitfires had a new head coach for the 1989-90, as Tom Webster left to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, and Brad Smith was hired to take his place. Windsor struggled to a 17-41-8 record, finishing in last place in the Emms Division, and failed to make the playoffs.
Detroit Compuware Ambassadors/Detroit Jr. Red Wings (1990-1995)
Maurice left his job as an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires in the summer of 1990, as he rejoined Peter Karmanos, who became the owner of the expansion team, the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors. Maurice was hired as an assistant coach under head coach Andy Weidenbach.
The Ambassadors continued to struggle in 1991-92, as the club replaced head coach Andy Weidenbach midway through the season with Jim Rutherford. Detroit finished the year with a 23-42-1 record, a 20 point improvement, and made the post-season for the first time in team history. In the post-season, the Ambassadors nearly upset the heavily favoured Niagara Falls Thunder, taking them to a seventh game, before losing.
In 1992-93, the Ambassadors renamed their team, becoming the Detroit Jr. Red Wings. Maurice remained an assistant, as the club hired Tom Webster, who had coached Maurice as a player with the Windsor Spitfires. Maurice also worked with Webster as an assistant coach with the Spitfires from 1988 until 1989. The Jr. Red Wings improved their record to 37-22-7, earning 81 points, and marked the first time in team history they finished over .500. In the playoffs, Detroit defeated the Guelph Storm and London Knights, before losing in five games to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the division finals.
The Jr. Red Wings promoted Maurice to head coach of the club in 1993-94, after Tom Webster was relieved of his duties due to a disagreement in team policies. Maurice hired Peter DeBoer as his assistant. Maurice and DeBoer were close friends, and teammates with the Windsor Spitfires. In his first season as head coach, Maurice led the Jr. Red Wings to the best record in the Emms Division, as Detroit went 42-20-4, earning a first round bye in the playoffs. Detroit would then defeat the Owen Sound Platers and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to earn a berth in the OHL finals, against the North Bay Centennials. In the final round, the Centennials defeated the Jr. Red Wings in a tough seven game series, winning the final game in overtime.
In 1994-95, the Jr. Red Wings improved their record once again, as the club went 44-18-4, earning 92 points, and first place in the newly created West Division. In the post-season, Detroit swept the London Knights, Peterborough Petes and Sudbury Wolves, earning their second straight season of playing in the J. Ross Robertson Cup final. In the final round against the Guelph Storm, Detroit defeated the Storm in six games, winning the championship and earning a berth in the 1995 Memorial Cup. At the Memorial Cup, Detroit finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record, setting up a semi-final match-up with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Jr. Red Wings defeated Brandon 2-1, earning a place in the Memorial Cup final, against the host team, the Kamloops Blazers. In the last game, the Blazers destroyed the Jr. Red Wings, winning 8-2.
Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes (1995-2004)
Maurice joined the Hartford Whalers, who were recently purchased by Detroit Jr. Red Wings owner Peter Karmanos, as an assistant coach under head coach Paul Holmgren. After the Whalers struggled to a 5-6-1 record to begin the season, the Whalers fired Holmgren and promoted Maurice to become the head coach. At the age of 28, Maurice became the youngest coach in National Hockey League history. Maurice coached his first game on November 7, 1995, as the Whalers defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-3. Under Maurice, Hartford went 29-33-8, and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The Whalers franchise moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997-98, and were renamed the Carolina Hurricanes, as Maurice was retained as head coach of the club. The Hurricanes struggled in their first season after the relocation, as Carolina went 33-41-8, finishing in last place in the Northeast Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference, missing the playoffs.
In 1998-99, the Hurricanes moved to the newly created Southeast Division, and finished the year with a 34-30-18 record, earning 86 points, which was good enough for first place in the division. In the playoffs, the Hurricanes were the third seed in the Eastern Conference, despite having the eighth best record in the conference, setting up a first round series against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes in six games.
The Hurricanes returned to the post-season in 2000-01, finishing in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 38-32-9-3 record, earning 88 points. In the playoffs, the Hurricanes faced the heavily favoured New Jersey Devils, and lost the series in six games.
Carolina won their second division title in 2001-02, as the Hurricanes went 35-26-16-5, earning 91 points, and the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the first round, the Hurricanes defeated the favoured New Jersey Devils in six games. Carolina then defeated the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs to win the conference, and face the Detroit Red Wings in the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. In the final round, the Hurricanes were no match for the Red Wings, as Detroit won the series in five games.
The Hurricanes struggled in the 2002-03 season, finishing with the worst record in the NHL, going 22-43-11-6, earning only 61 points and well out of the playoffs.
Toronto Marlies (2005-2006)
On June 24, 2005, Maurice was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to become the head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies had just relocated to Toronto from St. John's, Newfoundland for the 2005-06 season.
With the Marlies, Maurice led the club into the playoffs with a 41-29-6-4, earning 92 points and fourth place in the North Division. In the post-season, the Marlies were swept by the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first round.
On May 12, 2006, Maurice left the Marlies, as he was promoted to become head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs (2006-2008)
In his first season with the Maple Leafs, Maurice led the club to a 40-31-11 record, earning 91 points, however, the Leafs finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, missing the post-season by a single point.
Toronto struggled to a 36-35-11 record in 2007-08, as the team once again failed to make the playoffs.
On May 7, 2008, Maurice was fired from the Maple Leafs by interim general manager Cliff Fletcher.
Carolina Hurricanes (2008-2012)
Maurice rejoined the Carolina Hurricanes on December 2, 2008, as the club fired head coach Peter Laviolette, and replaced him with Maurice. At the time of the firing, the Hurricanes had a 12-11-2 record.
Under Maurice, Carolina responded with a 33-19-5 record to finish the 2008-09 season, earning second place in the Southeast Division, and sixth place in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins, reaching the conference finals. In the third round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hurricanes were swept.
Maurice and the Hurricanes struggled in 2009-10, as the club went 35-37-10, failing to reach the post-season.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (2012-2013)
Under Maurice, Magnitogorsk qualified for the post-season after a 27-13-12 regular season, earning fourth place in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the club lost to Salavat Yulaev Ufa in seven games in the first round.
After the season, Maurice returned to North America to be closer to his family.
Winnipeg Jets (2013-present)
On January 12, 2014, the Winnipeg Jets hired Maurice as head coach, as he replaced Claude Noel after the Jets struggled to a 19-23-5 start to the 2013–14 season. Under Maurice, the Jets had a 18-12-5 record, however, the club failed to make the post-season.
On April 16, 2014, Maurice signed a four year extension with the club.
NHL head coaching
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Games||Won||Lost||Tied||OT/SO||Points||Points %||Finish||Won||Lost||Winning %||Results|
|Hartford Whalers||1995–96||70||29||33||8||–||66||.471||5th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|1996–97||82||32||39||11||–||75||.457||5th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Carolina Hurricanes||1997–98||82||33||41||8||–||74||.451||6th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|1998–99||82||34||30||18||–||86||.524||1st in Southeast||2||4||.333||Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals|
|1999–2000||82||37||35||10||0||84||.512||3rd in Southeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|2000–01||82||38||32||9||3||88||.537||2nd in Southeast||2||4||.333||Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals|
|2001–02||82||35||26||16||5||91||.555||1st in Southeast||13||10||.565||Conference champions, Lost in Stanley Cup Finals|
|2002–03||82||22||43||11||6||61||.372||5th in Southeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||2006–07||82||40||31||–||11||91||.555||3rd in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|2007–08||82||36||35||–||11||83||.506||5th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Carolina Hurricanes||2008–09||57||33||19||–||5||71||.623||2nd in Southeast||8||10||.444||Lost in Conference Finals|
|2009–10||82||35||37||–||10||80||.488||3rd in Southeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|2010–11||82||40||31||–||11||91||.555||3rd in Southeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Winnipeg Jets||2013–14||35||18||12||–||5||41||.586||7th in Central||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Hartford/Carolina||920||384||391||99||46||913||.496||–||25||28||.472||4 Playoff Appearances|
|Toronto total||164||76||66||–||22||174||.530||–||–||–||–||0 Playoff Appearances|
|Winnipeg total||82||43||26||–||13||41||.586||–||–||–||–||0 Playoff Appearances|
|Total - NHL||1166||503||483||99||81||1186||.509||–||25||28||.472||4 Playoff Appearances|
Updated with results including April 12, 2014
|Team||Year||League||Role||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Windsor Compuware Spitfires||1988–89||OHL||Assistant||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|Detroit Compuware Ambassadors||1990–91||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|
|Toronto Marlies||2005–06||AHL||Head||80||41||29||–||10||92||.575||4th in North||0||4||.000||Lost in first round|
|Metallurg Magnitogorsk||2012–13||KHL||Head||52||27||13||0||12||93||.596||3rd in Kharlamov||3||4||.428||Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals|
|Total - KHL||KHL||Head||52||27||13||0||12||93||.596||–||3||4||.428||1 Playoff Appearance|
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- "Paul Maurice Hockey Statistics". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Paul Maurice". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Paul Maurice". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- Paul Maurice's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Paul Maurice's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database