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January 12, 2014 | 10:46am ET
Jets fire head coach Noel
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Winnipeg Jets have been looking to shake up their team and started on Sunday by firing head coach Claude Noel and assistant coach Perry Pearn.

Former Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice is taking over as the Jets' new head coach.

Winnipeg has struggled this season, failing to make up any ground in the standings. The Jets currently sit third last in the Western Conference with a 19-23-5 record.

Noel, named bench boss of the Jets on June 24, 2011, was the sixth Head Coach in Jets franchise history.

Prior to his move to Winnipeg, he spent three seasons behind the bench with the Columbus Blue Jackets as an Assistant Coach before joining the Manitoba Moose in 2010.

In his third year with the Blue Jackets, Noel spent most of the season as an Assistant Coach before taking over from Ken Hitchcock as interim Head Coach on Feb. 3, 2010. The Blue Jackets finished the 2009-10 season with a record of 10-8-4-2 under him.

Maurice, 46, has earned a career NHL coaching record of 460-457-167 in 14 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He won his 400th career NHL game when the Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres in overtime on Feb. 11, 2010, and on Nov. 28, 2010, he became the 19th coach, and the youngest in history, to coach 1,000 NHL games.

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.

On March 16, 2010, he became just the 10th coach in NHL history to spend more than 800 games behind the bench for one franchise.


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