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Paul Maurice Lands In South Florida


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TreKronor's avatar

Will be interesting to see what happens with Burnette. He’d make a great assistant, I just don’t see anyone giving him a head coaching job… Yet.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/22/22 at 10:52 AM ET

Paul's avatar

LeBrun mentions in a twee that from what he is hearing, Brunette could stay with the organization.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/22/22 at 11:05 AM ET

calquake's avatar

At this rate the only guy left for Yzerman to hire would be Al Sobotka.  cheese

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 06/22/22 at 11:22 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

At this rate the only guy left for Yzerman to hire would be Al Sobotka.

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best

Well, that’d be a pisser, wouldn’t it?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/22/22 at 11:28 AM ET


I’m sticking with Derek Lalonde.

Posted by pnwwing on 06/22/22 at 12:34 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

What, what an epic dis to Brunette…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 06/22/22 at 12:42 PM ET


What, what an epic dis to Brunetteā€¦

How so?

He was *never* hired to be the head coach, he was hired as an assistant BY the head coach at the time. There was little reason to expect that he’d be hired on full-time.

Posted by GMoney on 06/22/22 at 01:15 PM ET


Yeah, Lalonde it is, I just do not see any other choices left although SY can always surprise.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/22/22 at 04:03 PM ET


My gut also tells me it’s Lalonde. I think he would be a good choice, at this stage. I would fall off my chair if it is a Euro coach.

Posted by exor54 on 06/22/22 at 04:16 PM ET


I think European coach would have been hired already

Posted by VPalmer on 06/22/22 at 04:21 PM ET

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that Paul Maurice has been named head coach of the Panthers.

“At the completion of our season, we began an in-depth examination of all aspects of our team. After taking the appropriate amount of time for analysis, we determined that we needed the perfect fit to continue with the growth of our players and stay on the path for our franchise goals,” said Zito. “Paul’s experience and intellect were just what we were looking for and we are thrilled for him to step into the role of head coach.”

Maurice, 55, has served as a National Hockey League head coach for 24 seasons, including time with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes (1995-96 to 2003-04, 2008-09 to 2011-12), Toronto Maple Leafs (2006-07 to 2007-08) and Winnipeg Jets (2013-14 to 2021-22). Owning a 775-680-99-130 career record, Maurice’s 1,684 games coached are the fourth-most in NHL history. His 775 victories as an NHL head coach are the seventh-most all time, and he is one of three coaches to earn at least 300 wins with two different franchises.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Maurice has coached 92 games as a head coach, the sixth-most among active bench bosses. With Carolina, he reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2001-02 and the Eastern Conference Final in 2008-09, and he reached the Western Conference Final with Winnipeg in 2017-18.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has set numerous milestones throughout his extensive career behind an NHL bench. When he was first hired by the Hartford Whalers to serve as their head coach during the 1995-96 season, he became the then second-youngest NHL head coach in League history. He owns the Winnipeg Jets franchise record for games coached (600) and wins (315) and was the youngest in League history to reach both 1,000 and 1,500 games as a head coach, and the second-youngest to earn 500 wins.

Prior to his NHL head coaching career, Maurice spent two seasons (1993-94 to 1994-95) as head coach of the Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), culminating in an OHL championship in 1994-95.

Outside of the NHL, Maurice served as head coach of Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) during the 2012-13 season, leading the club to a 27-13-12 record.

On the international stage, Maurice served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where Europe advanced to the best-of-three final.

Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 12th round (252nd overall) of the 1985 NHL Draft, Maurice played four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League from 1984-85 to 1987-88.

Maurice and his wife, Michelle have three children: Sydney, Jake and Luke.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/22/22 at 06:51 PM ET

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