Paul Maurice

Hockey Coach

Paul Maurice was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada on January 30th, 1967 and is the Hockey Coach. At the age of 57, Paul Maurice biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 30, 1967
Place of Birth
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
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Ice Hockey Player
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Paul Maurice Life

Paul Maurice (born January 30, 1967) is a former ice hockey player and current head coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Maurice, who played four years of junior hockey before suffering an eye injury at the age of 43, became the youngest coach in NHL history to coach 1,000 games on November 28, 2010.

Maurice formerly worked with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise from 1995 to 2003, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006 to 2008.

Maurice was rehired by the Hurricanes on December 3, 2008, after the deposition of Peter Laviolette, who had replaced him in 2003.

The Charlotte Hurricanes reported on November 28, 2011, whereupon, after a brief stint coaching Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), he was fired for a second time.


Paul Maurice Career

Playing career

Maurice began playing with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 1984–85, winning three assists and 38 games with the club. In four playoff games, he was held off the scoresheet, as Windsor was swept by the London Knights in the first round. Maurice was first drafted in the 1985 NBA Entry Draft, the final pick of that year's draft, after his rookie season.

Maurice spent more time with the Spitfires in 1985-1986, scoring three goals and 13 points, and assisting the team in the post-season. Maurice had two assists in 16 playoff games when Windsor eventually lost in the Emms Division Finals to the Guelph Platers in six games.

Maurice continued to progress as a Windsor player in the 1986-87 season, winning four goals and 19 points in 63 games. The Spitfires will return to the North Bay Centennials in the division finals, and Maurice had two goals and three points in 14 games.

Maurice started his career with the Spitfires in 1987–88, winning a goal and five points in 32 games. He has a blind spot and experiences fuzziness on the right side of his vision as a result of his eye injury. When goaltender Pat Jablonski was sent down to the Spitfires by the NHL's St. Louis Blues, the club was forced to forfeit a spot on the team to accommodate him. Maurice was either traded or to become an assistant coach with the team, and was singled out by team owner Peter Karmanos. Maurice retired from hockey and concentrated his career on coaching after choosing the latter.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Maurice began his coaching career with the Spitfires. He began working with head coach Tom Webster. The Spitfires had the best record in the league in 1987-1988, going 50–14–2. Windsor defeated the Kitchener Rangers, Hamilton Steelhawks, and Peterborough Petes to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup and earn a spot in the 1988 Memorial Cup. The Spitfires went 3–0, outscoring the opposition 18–9, and clinched a spot in the Memorial Cup final. The Spitfires were defeated by the Medicine Hat Tigers in their last game, losing 7–6.

Maurice played his first full season with the club in 1988-1989, losing 54 points, but the team eventually advanced to the playoffs. The Spitfires were swept by the Niagara Falls Thunder in four games in the first round of the post-season.

As Tom Webster was left to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the rebuilding Spitfires had a new head coach for the 1989-1990s, and Brad Smith was hired to fill his shoes. Windsor failed to make the playoffs after defeating them 17–41-8, placing in last place in the Emms Division.

In the summer of 1990, Maurice left his position as an assistant coach with the Spitfires and joined Peter Karmanos, the founder of the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors, after joining Peter Karmanos. Maurice was hired as an assistant coach under head coach Andy Weidenbach.

The Ambassadors struggled to a record of 11–50–5 in 1990–91, earning 27 points and placing in last place in the Emms Division, failing to qualify for the playoffs.

The Ambassadors continued to fail in 1991-92 as the club made a late-season trade with Jim Rutherford. Detroit posted a 23–42–1 record, a 20-point rise over the previous season, and made the postseason for the first time in team history. The Ambassadors barely upset the highly favored Niagara Falls Thunder in the post-season, taking them to their seventh game before losing.

The Ambassadors renamed their team in 1992-93, becoming the Detroit Jr. Red Wings. Maurice remained an assistant until the club hired Tom Webster, who had coached Maurice as a Windsor Spitfires assistant. Maurice served with Webster as an assistant coach with the Spitfires from 1988 to 1989. The Jr. Red Wings dominated their record to 37-22-07, winning 81 points, and marked the first time in team history that the Red Wings finished over.500 points. Detroit defeated the Guelph Storm and London Knights in the playoffs before losing in five games to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the division finals.

After Tom Webster was suspended from his duties due to a rift in team policies, the Jr. Red Wings promoted Maurice to head coach of the team in 1993-94. Peter DeBoer was hired by Maurice as his assistant. When the Windsor Spitfires, Maurice and DeBoer were close friends and colleagues. Maurice led the Jr. Red Wings to the best record in the Emms Division in his first season as head coach, going 42–20–4, winning the first round bye in the playoffs. Detroit would then defeat the Owen Sound Platters and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will qualify for a spot in the OHL finals against the North Bay Centennials. The Centennials won the final game in overtime after defeating the Jr. Red Wings in a thrilling seven-game series.

The Jr. Red Wings boosted their record in 1994-95 by winning the Bumbacco Trophy for the first time. Detroit swept the London Knights, Peterborough Petes, and Sudbury Wolves in the J. Ross Robertson Cup final during the second season. Detroit defeated the Storm in six games, winning the title and earning a berth in the 1995 Memorial Cup. Detroit set a 2–1 record in the tournament's round-robin portion of the tournament, setting up a semi-final match against the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Jr. Red Wings defeated Brandon 2–1, winning a spot in the Memorial Cup Final against the host team, the Kamloops Blazers. The Blazers thrashed the Jr. Red Wings 8–2.

Maurice was hired as an assistant coach under Head Coach Paul Holmgren, who was recently purchased by Detroit Jr. Red Wings owner Peter Karmanos. The Whalers fired Holmgren and promoted Maurice to be the head coach after the Whalers struggled to a 5–6-1 record to begin the season. Maurice made history by becoming the second youngest coach in National Hockey League history, behind only Gary Green, who was 26 when he took over Washington Capitals in 1979.

On November 7, 1995, Maurice played his first game, the Whalers defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-3. Hartford went 29–33–8, losing to qualify for the 1996 playoffs under Maurice. The Whalers continued to fail in 1996-1997, going 32–39–11, scoring 75 points and finishing in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, two points out of the playoffs.

In 1997–98, the Whalers franchise was relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, where they were renamed the Carolina Hurricanes; Maurice was retained as head coach of the club. The Hurricanes suffered in their first season after the move, finishing in last place in the Northeast Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference, but not in the playoffs. The Hurricanes made the transition to the newly established Southeast Division in 1998–99, earning 86 points, which was good enough for first place in the Division. Despite having the eighth-best record in the Conference, the Hurricanes were the third seed in the 1999 playoffs, kicking off a first-round match against the Boston Bruins. In six games, the Bruins defeated the Hurricanes.

In 1999-2000, Carolina saw their point total decrease to 84, finishing in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, but not in a tie for a playoff berth. In 2000-2001, the Hurricanes returned to the post-season, finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 38–32–3 record and earning 88 points. The Hurricanes faced the heavily favored New Jersey Devils in the playoffs and lost the series in six games.

The Hurricanes lost their second division title in 2001–02, winning 91 points and advancing as the third seed in the East. The Hurricanes defeated the favoured New Jersey Devils in six games, followed by losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, securing the Eastern Conference in the first round, putting them up for the final against the Detroit Red Wings. The Hurricanes were no match for the Red Wings in the finals, as Detroit defeated the Red Wings in five games.

The Hurricanes struggled in the 2002–03 season, ending with the lowest record in the league, going 22–43–6, losing only 61 points and well out of the playoffs. Carolina continued to fail at the start of the 2003–04 season, when the club had 30 games remaining. The Hurricanes fired Maurice on December 15, 2003, swapping him with Peter Laviolette.

Maurice was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to be the head coach of the Toronto Marlies' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, on June 24, 2005. The Marlies had just moved to Toronto from St. John's, Newfoundland, for the 2005–06 season. Maurice, a Marlies alum, led the team into the playoffs with a 41–29–6–4, winning 92 points and fourth place in the North Division. In the first round of the postseason, the Marlies were swept by the Grand Rapids Griffins. Maurice was promoted from the Marlies to head coach of the Maple Leafs on May 12, 2006.

After the Maple Leafs struggled to qualify for the playoffs in 2005–06 and fired Pat Quinn from his duties, Maurice took over as head coach of the Maple Leafs in the 2006–07 season. Maurice led the team to a 40-31–11 record for 91 points in his first season with the Leafs, but the Leafs finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, losing out by a single point on a playoff spot. In 2007,–08, Toronto fell to a 36–11 record, as the team once more failed to make the playoffs.

Maurice was suspended from the Maple Leafs by Interim General Manager Cliff Fletcher on May 7, 2008.

After the club fired Head Coach Peter Laviolette, Maurice rejoined the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2008. The Hurricanes had a 12–11–2 record at the time of the shooting. Carolina came back from a 33-19–5 record to finish the 2008–09 season, second in the Southeast Division and sixth in the East, according to Maurice. The Hurricanes advanced to the conference finals after defeating the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in the playoffs. The Hurricanes were swept in the third round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Hurricanes were swept again as Pittsburgh eventually lifted the Stanley Cup.

In 2009-2010, Maurice and the Hurricanes struggled, losing to qualify for the post-season. In 2010, the club set a new record of 40–31–11. However, Carolina did not make the playoffs again, finishing in ninth place in the Conference. Carolina got off to a slow start in the 2011-12 season when the team went 8-13–4 in their first 25 games. Maurice was fired by the Hurricanes on November 28, 2011, replacing him with Kirk Muller.

Maurice was fired as head coach of Metallurgitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the 2012–2013 season on June 8, 2012. Magnitogorsk qualified for the post-season after a 27-13-12 regular season, winning his fourth spot in the Eastern Conference under Maurice. The club lost in the first round to Salavat Yulaev Ufa in seven games. Maurice returned to North America to be closer to his family after the season.

The Winnipeg Jets fired Maurice as head coach on January 12, 2014, replacing fired Claude Nol after the Jets failed to a 19–23–5 record in 2013. The Jets had an 18–12–5 record under Maurice. Maurice signed a four-year contract with the club on April 16, 2014.

Maurice led the Winnipeg Jets to their first playoff appearance after relocating from Atlanta, finishing with a franchise record 43-26-13 for 99 points. In the first round of the Anaheim Ducks, the Jets were swept by the Anaheim Ducks.

The Jets struggled to a 35-39-8 record in 2015–16, earning only 78 points and finishing last place in the Central Division, failing to qualify for the playoffs.

Maurice won his 600th game as an NHL head coach on October 20, 2017 – his 17th coach to achieve this feat.

Maurice led the Jets to the Western Conference Finals in 2017–18, before losing 4–1 to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Maurice signed a multi-year contract extension with the Jets on February 12, 2020.

Maurice resigned as the Jets' head coach on December 17, 2021. Dave Lowry, a student, was hired as interim head coach.

Maurice was named head coach of the Florida Panthers on June 22, 2022, after removing interim head coach Andrew Brunette.

In the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Maurice served as an assistant coach under head coach Ralph Krueger for Team Europe.


After a dramatic night of fights culminated in THIRTEEN ejections, Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice was coerced to COUNT the remaining players on his bench, November 28, 2023
After losing a substantial portion of his active roster to game misconduct in a gruesome 5-0 win over the Senators, Florida Panthers head coach Paul Maurice was forced to do a head count on his bench on Monday. Following a third-period melee, 13 players were suspended on the night, including 10 after a third-period melee. When Senators left wing Brady Tkachachuk with just under eight minutes to spare and Ottawa trailing 4-0, it became tense. However, when he first met with Florida netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, everyone on the ice seemed to have jumped into the fray. Matthew, Tkachuk's brother, plays for the Panthers and was given an unsportsmanlike penalty earlier in the game against Ottawa's Jake Sanderson and Zack MacEwan, the latter of whom was also suspended. Sam Bennett of Florida and Mathieu Joseph of Ottawa were suspended later Tuesday, bringing the total number to 13 ejections, although the two teams combined for 167 penalty minutes.

Stanley Cup takes a violent turn again as Vegas off thrashes Florida 7-2, June 6, 2023
The Vegas Golden Knights made it clear that the Stanley Cup would be a complete whitewash, rather dismantled the Florida Panthers in Ga me 2. With a 7-2 victory on Monday night, the hosts blasted into a 2-0 series, establishing their kingship across the ice. And they were even more active than in Game 1; they couldn't be banned from playing.

The Stanley Cup Finals will be decided between an underdog Florida Panthers squad and a tenacious Vegas Golden Knights squad, June 3, 2023
Many hockey fans were not expecting a second all-Sun Belt Stanley Cup Final in NHL history. Boston was the best regular season squad in the league's history going into the playoffs. They were knocked out by the worst team that made it in. Canada wished that they would win their first Stanley Cup since 1993. Rather, the Jets were quickly dismissed and the Maple Leafs and Oilers' star power was snuffed out.