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Winnipeg Jets sign head coach Paul Maurice to contract extension

The Winnipeg Jets have signed head coach Paul Maurice to a multi-year extension, the club announced Wednesday morning.

Having spent over 500 games with the Jets, the process for his new deal began in the off-season, NHL.com reported.

“We had met in the summer and it was the direction we all wanted to go. We were excited about it,” said Maurice. “Then as we all know, a whole bunch of things happened. It was kind of on the backburner and eventually we all knew it would be taken care of and it has recently.”

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Initially hired by the Jets on Jan. 12, 2014, Maurice has coached in exactly 503 games garnishing a record of 264-186-53 in that time. Having spent 20 years in total behind NHL benches, his .578 points percentage with the Jets is his career best.

Maurice is sixth on the NHL’s all-time games coached list with 1,587 and is seventh in wins with 724.

No word yet on how many years the deal is, or how much Maurice will make.

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